Concierge.com's insider take:
West Norfolk's 100-mile network of Broadland waterways was created when medieval peat diggings formed shallow lakes that were joined by cuts and dykes to the rivers Yare, Bure, Wensum, and Waveney. Now, plenty of riverside pubs, craft centers, and museums line the Broads. You can spend an entire vacation on a narrow boat, but for just a taste of the canal life, Broads Tours organizes river trips. Or be your own skipper and charter an electric picnic boat or cruiser for the day (The Bridge, Wroxham; 44-1603-782-207; www.broads.co.uk).