Having lived within minutes of beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts, I can say that here in Upstate New York, we have an area that can easily compete as a spectacular vacation destination.  It's the Thousand Islands area, and it's only about a two-hour drive from the Mohawk Valley.

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The Thousand Islands are actually a group of over 1800 islands in the St. Lawrence River flowing between New York and Canada.   Back in the 1900's, the region was a summer resort for some of the richest citizens of the Northeast and even the Midwest.  Some of their castles and mansions remain, including the incredible Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

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You'll also find hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline, blue bays and historic lighthouses.  Fishing, boating and scuba diving are the most common summertime activities in the Thousand Islands.  And, did I mention that they are only about a two-hour drive from Central New York?

Click below to take a quick helicopter tour of the islands and waterways.