An incredibly popular boat tour, which has been bringing passengers as far "Upstate" in New York as you can go for generations, was named among North America's best. The tour was included in a USA Today's 10Best Readers Poll on the subject, finishing in the top-ten.

It's been nearly two centuries since it first set sail, yet this iconic boat tour is still a must-do when you're close to the border in Northern New York.

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USA Today 10Best Readers Poll Names "Maid of the Mist" Among Best Around

As mentioned above, the readers of USA Today have voted on the best boat tours in North America, and the Niagara-based Maid of the Mist tour has made the list's top ten. The tour was ranked seventh on the list, and was the top finisher of any tour in New York.

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Here is the complete top-ten list, via USA Today's 10Best:

  1. Waco Tours River Cruise - Waco, Texas
  2. Chicago's First Lady Cruises - Chicago, Illinois
  3. Hubbard's Marina - Madeira Beach, Florida
  4. Island Express Ferry Service - Beaufort and Harkers Island, North Carolina
  5. Redline Rafting - Kihei, Hawaii
  6. Holo Holo Charters - Eleele, Hawaii
  7. Maid of the Mist - Niagara Falls, New York
  8. Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari - Dana Point, California
  9. Kenai Fjords Tours - Seward, Alaska
  10. Yukon River Tours - Whitehorse, Yukon
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It was in 1846 when the first Maid of the Mist steamboat set sail, according to the tour's official website. The invention and inclusion of the steamboat was a change in tradition, as rowboats had previously been used to cover that terrain.

It can be argued that Maid of the Mist put Niagara Falls on the map, literally, as the town was not officially incorporated until 1892. Since that time, the Maid of the Mist tour has experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows.

The various boats used to execute the tour have carried celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, and foreign dignitaries such as The Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. They've also been struck by terrible ice jams, fires, and other unforeseen circumstances which have threatened the tour's continuation on multiple occasions.

The Maid of the Mist even served as the backdrop for this iconic scene from The Office:

Visit the official Maid of the Mist website to learn more, and book your tickets to ride this award-winning boat tour today!

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