By | Writer: Eric Turner | 18 Year Old College Student | May 2017 |
To the Thousand Island in Upstate New York
The Thousand Islands are more than just a name given to a salad dressing. A cluster of one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four islands, the Thousand Islands sit right on the United States – Canadian border in the St. Lawrence River. The water keeps the air temperate during all times of the year and stays crystal clear and perfect for swimming itself. If you are looking at going on a vacation, you should certainly keep the Thousand Islands in mind.
Cruise lovers will certainly enjoy spending time on the Thousand Islands. Cruises launch at all times of the day, on both sides of the border. As the archipelago spans the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, there is a vast expanse of water ready to be explored. There is a story to be learned on each cruise. Tour guides will show off the best parts of every island you pass – giant mansions, serene wildlife, weathered lighthouses and fantastical castles. In between sights, the tour guide will tell tales of piracy, stories of bootlegging and accounts of the influx of the wealthy in the thirties.
For those who prefer a more intimate time on the water, a host of private docks and marinas polka dot the landscape of the Thousand Islands. Of course, you can enjoy the water without going in it, too. Anglers will surely find joy in the series of charters to be found on the Thousand Islands. Here you can find guided fishing tours, bringing you to the best spots to catch the local specialties – bass, northern pike, and muskellunge.
There is fun to be had for historians, as well. The Historical Association of South Jefferson preserves a home in the style of the 1850s, while the Canadian side is home to a 200 plus-year-old gristmill. Museums are spread all over the island, paying homage to the rich history of the Thousand Islands. Home to many skirmishes during the War of 1812, the Thousand Islands are a throwback to a time forgotten almost everywhere else. Furthermore, the Thousand Islands are home to many houses and other sights built during the Gilded Era of American history. It is easy to get lost in a time that has long passed when visiting the Thousand Islands.
Of course, there’s fantastic food, drinks, craft beers and wine to be found in the Thousand Islands as well ~ providing flavors that simply can’t be found anywhere else. And, of course, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, and when in the Thousand Islands you must try the Thousand Island dressing.
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