“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” – Unknown

When was the last time you became one with nature? For me, it was on the lake outside of my parents’ home in Winter Park, Florida. Lake Sylvan does not allow boats with motors, so my parents traded their Nautique for a kayak when they moved into their home last May.

While tubing and wakeboarding is exciting, there is a certain peace and clarity that can only be found in a kayak. When the birds are tweeting, the fish are swimming and the sun is shining, I feel most relaxed.

Fortunately, you don’t need to own a kayak to enjoy a day on the water. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled our favorite kayak tours across the United States. Whether you are traveling solo, with a partner or with your family, we recommend you take some time to explore these unforgettable kayak tours:

5 Unforgettable Kayak Tours

1. Maine Island Kayak Company

Peaks Island, Maine

If you happen to find yourself in Maine seeking an adventure on the water, then look no further than Maine Island Kayak Co.’s classes and tours. Since 1986, the passionate paddlers of Maine Island Kayak Co. have provided unusual journeys, structured courses, and exciting trips to novices and experts alike. 

2. San Juan Kayak Expeditions

Friday Harbor, Washington

San Juan Kayak Expeditions specializes in guided multi-day, full day, half-day and sunset sea kayaking trips around the San Juan Islands! Experience one to four day San Juan Island kayaking tours that incorporate whale watching, camping, hiking and “the best” in outdoor cuisine.

Woman Paddling a Canoe Through Okefenokee Swamp3. Okefenokee Adventures

Folkston, Georgia

The Campbells started Okefenokee Adventures, a family owned and operated small business, in the Summer of 2000. Today, adventurers can sign-up for tours ranging from 90 minutes to multiple days. Tours may also be customized for groups as well.

4. Kayaking Puerto Rico

Fajardo, Puerto Rico

If you’ve never experienced the wonders of a bioluminescent body of water, then I urge you to explore Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico. I went on a tour with my dad when I was a senior in high school and it is a trip that I will never forget. Tour guides lead you through mangroves and canals until you reach the bioluminescent bay, where the water literally glows when you touch it. 

5. Yellowstone Geyser Kayak Day Tours

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

For more than 20 years, Yellowstone Geyser Kayak Tours has been guiding guests through the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Absolutely no experience is required to participate in a kayaking adventure and all necessary training is provided on the day of your tour. It’s an adventure you won’t soon forget!

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