07/13/2011 09:07 am ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

7 Weekend Warrior Getaways For The Kayak Set (PHOTOS)

There's vast amounts of prime paddling water within a few hours drive of the country's major cities and plenty of space and quiet to go around.

And the barrier to entry is low. Becoming an excellent kayaker takes years of experience and a lot of upper body strength, but those looking to go for a quick paddle only need a little balance and an almost token amount of arm strength. This is not a race.

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