As any avid traveler or outdoor enthusiast knows first-hand, there is no shortage of beautiful places out there for us to explore.
Thanks to advancements in technology, places that were once largely inaccessible can now be reached by helicopter, float plane or boat and so there aren’t many places left for paddlers to enjoy alone. There are, however, many places where a kayak affords paddlers the most breathtaking views and the most phenomenal experience.
Kayakers dipping their paddle into waters in these 11 places will find extraordinary natural scenery and wildlife. These are the most beautiful places you can only—or rather, should only—see by kayak.
Blue River, Greenland
In Greenland, where the kayak is a fundamental part of history, you’re bound to find some incredible sights and landscapes that can’t be accessed any other way. One such feature, the Blue River, is formed by melting glaciers. The water settles into low lying areas of the glacier, making an ever-changing river that’s an unbelievable shade of stunning blue. Kayaking the river is the only way to truly immerse yourself in the beauty.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Mich., U.S.
The only way to fully appreciate the grandeur and natural beauty of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is from the cockpit of a kayak. Marvel at the multi-colored sandstone cliffs that rise up to 200 feet above the water, explore cutaway rock caves that open to the lake and peer into the clear waters of Lake Superior.