Set sail without boarding one of those floating cities. These small-scale U.S. boat trips are high on scenery and low on emissions.
The Mighty Mississippi River
Channel Mark Twain aboard this two-day steamboat tour. It begins and ends on the Iowa-Illinois border and includes a night at Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque, Iowa's oldest city. Look for bald eagles. From $349, riverboattwilight.com
Islands of New England
The 48-cabin ship makes a loop from Warren, Rhode Island, hitting Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard along the way. Rent bikes to explore each stop. From $1,719, blountsmallshipadventures.com
Magical Lake Michigan
The seven-night cruise leaves from Chicago's Navy Pier and then heads through the Dutch village of Holland (Michigan), Mackinac Island, Wisconsin's Door County, and Milwaukee. From $2,379, usarivercruises.com
A Voyage Along the Columbia and Snake Rivers
The six-night cruise launches in Portland, Oregon, and takes you through Washington wine country and the Columbia River Gorge on the 31-cabin National Geographic Sea Bird. From $3,070, adventurecruises.com
Note: These prices were accurate as of press time for our April 2011 issue.
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