Florida

The St. Johns River is one of the few rivers in the US that flows north instead of south

POP. 21,312,211

Top Fish: Tarpon 

Florida is widely known for its more than 560 amazing beaches. Take your next adventure to the Florida Keys, where kayaking and paddle boarding are just a few water sports to try, among the many outdoor activities offered in Florida. Sightsee wildlife on a boat tour where dolphins can be seen swimming nearby, take up snorkeling in St. Pete Beach, or tour the Everglades via air boat. Taking the kids on vacation and need a good beach? Head over to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida where they have a playground and lifeguards for safe, family fun. Florida is also home to five cruise ports in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Port Canaveral, and Tampa where you can embark on an epic cruise adventure everyone will enjoy.

Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge spans five miles over the Straits of Mackinac

POP. 9,991,177

Top Fish: Brook Trout

In Michigan, you are never more than six miles away from water, and Lake's Michigan and Huron are actually two halves of one body of water. Lots of people love visiting the dunes at Michigan’s Warren Dunes State Park. With huge sand dunes to climb and then tumble down, it’s loads of fun (and exercise!) for everyone. All of Michigan's lakes are freshwater lakes, with the Great Lakes being the closest thing to a freshwater ocean. Wind waves over six feet high, currents and tides make this lake system one of the greatest in the world. 

The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.

New York

New York’s tallest waterfall is the Taughannock in Trumansburg, NY

POP. 19,862,512

Top Fish: Smallmouth Bass

New York’s tallest waterfall, the Taughannock in Trumansburg, is 215 feet - that's 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls! New York waterways hold great historical significance. Water taxis bustle between four Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods as well as the Statue of Liberty, 24 hours a day. Niagara Falls is another amazing wonder that many dream of visiting during their lifetime. Niagara Falls has over 3,160 tons of water flowing over it's edge every second. You can go to Letchworth State Park in New York and go whitewater rafting as well as see waterfalls and hiking trails.

Minnesota

With over 11,000 lakes, MN has 90,000 miles of shoreline

POP. 5,628,162

Top Fish: Walleye

Minnesota gets very cold in the winter months but offers lots of fun at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, known for its elaborate ice sculptures, live music, and parades. You can enjoy ice fishing or do the polar plunge, an annual tradition of jumping into the freezing lake to support Special Olympics Minnesota. In the summer, try paddling the new 20-mile Shell Rock River State Park water trail in the city of Glenville, right on the Iowa border. Did you know that if you are kayaking you must wear a life vest if you are 13 years old or younger? 

North Carolina

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse's powerful lens can see as far as 24 nautical miles

POP. 10,390,149

Top Fish: Channel Bass 

Many ships were lost off Cape Hatteras the area known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic.” More than 1,000 ships have been lost in these waters since 1526. The most famous shipwreck, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, belonged to the pirate Blackbeard. Did you know that rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and rafts moved only by oars, paddles, or the current don’t need to be registered? At 210 feet tall, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the state's tallest brick lighthouse in the United States and second tallest in the world.