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View from a kayak in Virgin Islands National Park in the U.S. Virgin Islands
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Kayaking is one of the easiest ways to get out on the water, and the USA has some of the best places to try it.

Kayaking also offers the opportunity to see famous destinations from a different perspective. No matter the experience level, travelers can find a kayaking excursion in the USA that fits them. Choose a guided tour or kayak rental, and paddle around protected waters or venture out sea kayaking on open water. Here are just 10 of the countless amazing places to kayak in the USA – from California to Florida, Colorado to Washington, D.C.

Desert Lake in Arizona

Sign up for a guided kayak tour to explore Lake Powell in northern Arizona and meander through deep slot canyons, including flooded portions of famous Antelope Canyon. Marvel at towering sandstone cliffs, and camp under the stars on an overnight kayaking trip.

A kayak parked on the shore of Lake Powell with sandstone cliffs in the background

A kayak parked on the shore of Lake Powell with sandstone cliffs in the background
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Spring-Fed River in Florida

Ninety minutes north of Tampa, Florida, in Rainbow Springs State Park, kayak on the Rainbow River, which is fed by a first-magnitude spring. Float past shores lined with towering cypress trees, sunning turtles and showy shorebirds. The water – a refreshing 22 degrees Celsius year-round – is so clear, you’ll feel like you’re suspended in midair.

A group of kayakers seen through the lush foliage surrounding Rainbow Springs