The Thousand Islands on the border of upstate New York and Ontario, Canada are - as you guessed it - a totally unique summer retreat. Set on the majestic Saint Lawrence river, there are thousands of islands. Cute towns, fun water sports and boat cruises make this a super fun and adventurous place to visit with the family for summer.
BEST U.S. BOAT RIDE: Thousand Islands -- New York's Thousand Islands region seems made with nautical tourism in mind. Glass-topped catamarans, triple-decker cruise boats and majestic paddlewheelers ply the waters, taking visitors past Boldt Castle and the mansions of Millionaire Row, Kingston Penitentiary and Fort Henry, all while offering interesting insight into the history of this scenic destination.