Top 10 Trips With a Splash

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June 28, 2006 — -- Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Forget air conditioning. Get wet instead.

The country provides many terrific opportunities to enjoy watersports, whether it's snorkeling or kayaking. Teaming with National Geographic Adventure magazine,"GMA" hopes to inspire you to explore the country's landscape.

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Where to stay: Falling Waters Adventure Resorthas tricked out the humble yurt.

Right off the large sandy beach, find a rainbow of fish and reef-dwelling creatures at Hawaii's most popular snorkeling destination. This ancient volcanic cinder cone affords a protected environment for new snorkelers to explore.

What to do: Hanauma Bay is accessible by public transportation. Rent fins and snorkels at the Hanauma Bay Nature Parkto explore at your leisure, or organize a guided expedition with an outfitter such as Hanauma Bay Dive Tours. Wild Side Specialty tours lead eco-friendly half-day trips on the west side of O'ahu that include snorkeling with sea turtles.

Where to stay: Catch some z's at tranquil Ke Iki Beach Bungalows.

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For more information, check out O'ahu Visitors Board

Hook trout in Stanley Basin on Idaho's River of No Return.

Where to stay: Mountain Village Resort

Where to eat: Pot Belly Café at Elk Mountain RV Resort (208-774-2202).

What to do: Rent gear or organize to wade and cast or take a float trip with an outfitter:Sawtooth Fishing Guides and Rawhide Outfitters.

Combine warm, clear waters and more than 2,000 wrecks, and you've got perfect conditions for some of the best wreck diving in the United States. Gulf Stream and Arctic currents combine to create the perilous waters that sailors and divers alike have dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic; the Spar and the Titan are the most recent additions, both sunk in 2004.

What to do: Dive to the wreck of the still intact German U-boat 3-52, home to hunting sand tiger sharks, with Olympus Diving .

Where to stay: Enjoy southern hospitality at the Beaufort Inn.

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6. Swimming Holes around the country

The San Juan archipelago is made up of more than 700 islands and reefs, but only 176 have names.You can hike or paddle around San Juan, Orcas and Lopez -- the largest of the islands. The islands also provide great spots for viewing orca whales and other wildlife.

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"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited the San Juan Islands. To read about their visit, click here.

Use a houseboat to explore Glen Canyon's natural formations like Rainbow Arch, the largest natural bridge on earth.

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9. Swimming with the Manatees, Crystal River and Kings Bay, Fla.

Get up close and personal with the gentle marine mammals.

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"GMA's" Weekend Window recently visited Lake Powell. To read about their visit, click here.

Cruise through or kite surf in the Gulf Coast waters.

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