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Top 8 Canal Cruises in North America

Top 8 Canal Cruises in North America

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the best canals in North America on a legendary paddlewheel steamboat cruise. Cruise past towering mountains and sparkling rivers and take in the stunning views of the Colorado landscape. These are some of North America’s top 8 most visited canal cruises. The list was created by the travel app Visited

Visited has over 2 million users around the world who mark off where they’ve traveled. Using the Visited app, you can map your travels, plan your dream vacation, and more. 

The most popular canal cruises in North America are:

  1. New York has the most visited canal cruises in North America. The Empire State’s canals were made famous by the Erie Canal, located in Herkimer, New York. If you’re interested in an overnight tour of the Erie Canal, check out Blount Small Ship Adventures.
  2. The Niagara Gorge, located in Niagara Falls, Canada, offers some of the most scenic canal cruises. Niagara River Cruises features a two-for-one canal cruise, visiting the Niagara Canal and the Erie Canal. 
  3. The Panama Canal has cruises that explore the engineering marvels of the canal. Popular cruise lines that offer Panama Canal cruises include Holland America and Princess Cruises. The best season to cruise the channel is from November to April. 
  4. Amazon River cruise lines offer up-close views of the lush rainforests. Amazon cruises can range from moderate to luxury level. Some of the top Amazon cruise lines include Wishlist, Clipper Amazon Line, and Seabourn for a more luxurious experience.
  5. The Alaskan Inside Passage is the most popular cruise in Alaska. The breathtaking scenery on cruises of the passage includes glaciers, mountains, and the sea. The best time to take this cruise is mid-June to mid-August when you’ll experience the warmest weather and the most daylight hours.
  6. Colorado River cruises take in all the beauty Colorado has to offer on a stunning river ride. Cruise through the Rocky Mountains, flowing from west to south. The popular cruises fill up fast, so it’s best to book six months in advance.
  7. Paddlewheel Steamboat is a historic paddlewheel steamboat tour along the mighty Mississippi River. Avoid the extreme heat and cold by booking a ride in the spring or fall. 
  8. The Rideau Canal offers the longest canal ride in North America, taking five days to complete. The canal connects the Ottawa River at Ottawa with the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ottawa Boat Cruises offers shorter cruises between the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, lasting approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

Have you been to some of the top canal cruises in North America? Using the Visited app, you can browse and save more top destinations in North America and the world. See top attractions and plan your next dream itinerary in the popular travel app. 

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