1. Whale watching on a RIB boat in San Diego
San Diego is one of the best places to see whales in the United States. I did some research and found Adventure Rib Rides. A rib is a rigid inflatable boat that seats 6 along with the captain and I think it was one of the coolest way to see whales. Our captain had been taking people out to see whales for many years so he knew where to go. We saw one mama and baby whale together - of course, keeping our mandatory distance of 100 yards - and then we saw a pod of about 50 dolphins - which seemed like thousands - jumping the waves. All around us.
That was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. Crazy amazing.
If you want to see whales and dolphins with a unique experience, then you might want to forego the usual large boats and try a rib ride. I think you'll be glad you did.
2. Seeing the wilderness of Lake Fontana in North Carolina by boat
Lake Fontana is the largest lake in western North Carolina and has the tallest dam east of the Rockies measuring in at 480 feet. It was built by the TVA for power usage in 1942. Surrounded by the Nantahala Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, most of the lake is wilderness.
We rented a pontoon boat at Alarka Boat Dock on Alarka Creek- which feeds into Lake Fontana - they supplied a map, good directions and the pontoon and we were off. One of the more unique things about Lake Fontana is it's floating cabins. Small dwellings that are moored to land but reached by boat, these floating cabins are tiny houses on the water.
If you really want to get away from it all and enjoy some wilderness with a little water thrown in, I suggest a visit to Lake Fontana.
3. Camping and wind surfing on Lake McConaughy
A lake with turquoise water, windsurfing and sand beaches in the middle of Nebraska seems more like a mirage than real life. But Lake McConaughy, or Lake Mac, is just that. A reservoir of the North Platte River, Lake Mac even has surfing.
You can camp on it's beaches (with tractors available to pull your vehicle out of the sand), rent boats and jet skis, fish and windsurf.( No kidding, y'all, that prairie wind here is fierce.) It's a water sports playground.
So if you're in the middle of landlocked Nebraska and you're feeling that need for sand between your toes or the wind beneath your board, then head to Lake Mac for some lake fun.
How about you? Do you like to get on the water? Where is the most unique place you've boated?
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