For visitors they offer unparalled views at low prices.
The Society of American Travel Writers just released its list of the world's top ferry rides. I've only been on a couple, but would say they hit the highlights.
1. Star Ferry in Hong Kong, shown here.
I would add a few more.
The Sea Bus from Vancouver to North Vancouver, British Columbia; the ferries linking Istanbul's two halves cross the Bosphorus Strait and link two continents; and the Port Bolivar ferry from Galveston, Texas.
In fact, I thought I never met a ferry ride I didn't like until I saw this video of an October crossing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. Yikes! If you ever take the trip, remember to pack plenty of Dramamine.
Did we overlook your favorite ferry? Let us know in the comments below.