6) Thousand Islands
The Saint Lawrence River and Lake Ontario meet at the U.S. – Canadian border. The result is a peaceful escape that’s been used for over a century by both locals and tourists. The area is rich in history and natural beauty. During the Prohibition Era, bootleggers used this as a safe crossing to smuggle illegal alcohol into the States. Even pirates roamed the waters in the 19th century! Throughout the 20th Century, the wealthy began to purchase private islands and build exclusive mansions. View these impressive homes via boat tours, in addition to lighthouses, castles, and – of course – plenty of islands. Famous landmark Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay is accessible via boat tour as well. Wander the grounds and discover the tragic love story of millionaire hotelier George C. Boldt and his wife. Inviting cottages, resorts and B&Bs line the river bank, offering a wide range of accommodations.
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