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10 places in the U.S. where bikes and boats rule

Governors Island

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Governors Island, N.Y.

This 172-acre island is just 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, but is a world unto itself. For almost two centuries it was a military base and closed to the public, but in 2003 the U.S. sold the island to New York for $1. Today, visitors to Governors Island can bike, picnic, attend festivals and enjoy free National Park Service walking tours, and New York Water Taxi even operates an artificial beach on the northern tip of the island.