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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?

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This is a developing story. We will continue to update as the world changes. For the latest information on traveling during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization

The European Union has barred U.S. travelers, and Canada and Mexico have closed their land borders until at least January 21: It’s understandable, then, that with all of the rules and restrictions about which countries allow what, one of the biggest questions on American travelers’ minds is where can I go, if anywhere

On August 6, the U.S. lifted its global coronavirus travel advisory, which had been in place since March and recommended U.S. citizens avoid all international travel due to the global coronavirus pandemic. In a press release about the decision, the U.S. State Department said it would be “returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.” The decision to lift the sweeping travel advisory was made with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the most up-to-date country-specific advisories are listed on the State Department website.

As AFAR’s Michelle Baran reports, State Department travel advisories are recommendations, and “travelers are not required to abide by them.” Still, they’re worth paying attention to, as this government-backed advice can affect everything from travel insurance policies to destinations travel companies will decide to tour.

While the following countries are open to U.S. travelers, it’s worth doing your homework and reading up on the advisories and rules before booking, and asking the following questions:

  • Are the activities and services I’m interested in available?
  • Do the hotels have any new cleaning protocols?
  • Is there a country-wide curfew that will prevent me from experiencing what I want to?
  • Is there any political instability that could disrupt my trip?
  • Will I be tested for COVID-19 at the airport or have to quarantine when I arrive?
  • How has this country handled COVID-19 spikes in the past?
  • Do I have travel insurance that will cover me if I cancel or get sick while on vacation?
  • Has the travel advisory changed recently?

What countries can Americans travel to right now?

Although many destinations require travelers to quarantine, test, or follow COVID-friendly protocol, as of January 12, the following countries are currently allowing American travelers to visit:

  • Albania
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • St. Bart’s
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Marten/Sint Maarten
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia

a boat floating along a river next to a body of water: Ksamil, Albania, is part of Butrint National Park. © Photo by Florian Muharremi/Shutterstock Ksamil, Albania, is part of Butrint National Park.

More details on specific rules and restrictions for each of these countries below:

Albania

  • State Department Level: 3: Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: No COVID tests required; quarantine measures in place
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Albania

On June 15, Albania opened its land borders and commercial airports to international travel. Although travelers do not have to show a negative COVID test upon arrival, they should expect heightened screening and quarantine measures, per the U.S. Embassy in Albania.

Anguilla

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: COVID tests and preapproval from government
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Anguilla

As of August 21, travelers can preregister to visit Anguilla via the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website. To be eligible for travel, among other things, visitors will be asked to fill out their home address and proposed travel dates, and submit negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results taken within three to five days prior to arrival. Though those from low-risk countries will be given preference, travelers from high-risk countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Antigua and Barbuda

“Antigua resumed flights from the United States on June 4, and now travelers from all countries are welcome to Antigua and Barbuda,” reports AFAR’s Lyndsey Matthews. “To be allowed into the country, travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test taken within seven days of their flight upon arrival at the airport. They will also need to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Traveler Accommodation Form (to assist with contact tracing if necessary). Other health screenings including temperature checks will also take place upon arrival at the airport.”

Armenia

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Quarantine or negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Armenia

Travelers entering Armenia must quarantine for 14 days or agree to take a COVID-19 test at one of the approved testing labs.

Aruba

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Aruba

As of July 10, travelers from the United States can visit Aruba. Travelers are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departing and upload their negative results as part of an online Embarkation/Disembarkation process at least 12 hours before their flight to Aruba. 

Bahamas

All travelers must receive a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than five days prior to the date of arrival. With a negative result, travelers can then apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which takes 48 hours to process.

Barbados

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Submit a travel form, wear face masks, and undergo a health screening
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Barbados

Barbados reopened its international airport to commercial flights on July 12, and as of August 5, has been enforcing new travel protocols for all arriving visitors: All travelers must submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation form at travelform.gov.bb at least 24 hours prior to departure, upload a negative COVID-19 test result, wear face masks at the airport, and undergo a health screening upon arrival.

Belarus

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Proof of negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Belarus

U.S. citizens are permitted to travel to Belarus, but according to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, there are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry.

Belize

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Belize

On October 1, Belize officially reopened to international visitors for leisure travel for the first time since late March. All inbound travelers must provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test results within 72 hours of arrival and have reservations at hotels that have been approved by Belize’s new Safe Corridor program.

Bermuda

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Two negative COVID-19 tests
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Bermuda

As of July 1, Bermuda has been open to international travelers. Visitors will need to be tested at least twice for COVID-19: once no more than five days before departing for the country and another upon arrival. All visitors must complete a Bermuda Travel Authorization.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travelers wishing to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina must present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours from the moment of entry, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Botswana

U.S. citizens traveling to Botswana must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before departure. When travelers leave Botswana, they will also be required to present another negative COVID-19 test.

Cambodia

  • State Department Level: 2, Exercise Increased Caution
  • Travel requirements: $2,000 deposit and COVID-19 testing
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Cambodia

U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Cambodia, but the rules are myriad: In addition to presenting a valid visa, travelers must pay a $2,000 deposit upon arrival for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment. They must also show proof of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours upon landing and undergo another test at arrival, which they pay for themselves. Finally, they must quarantine for 14 days 14 days at a hotel designated by the Government of Cambodia.

Chile

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test results and a 10-day quarantine
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Chile

As of December 31, travelers to Chile must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Chile. Upon arrival, a 10-day quarantine is required. Travelers may take a test on or after the seventh day in quarantine, and will be able to leave quarantine with a negative result.

Colombia

Travelers to Colombia must show a negative results from a COVID-19 test, which can be administered no later than 96 hours before departure. 

Costa Rica

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Provide state ID and negative COVID-19 test results
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Costa Rica

On September 1, Costa Rica began allowing travelers from the United States to fly into the country. Before flying to Costa Rica, visitors will need to fill out an epidemiological ​health​ form online. Upon arrival, they will need to show proof of insurance.

Curaçao

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test before departure and upon arrival
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Curaçao

As of January 1, Americans from any state are allowed to visit Curaçao. Travelers over the age of 11 must show negative results from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers will also be tested at the airport upon arrival, and should pay for the test before they begin their travel. 

Dominica

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Health questionnaire; proof of negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Dominica

As of August 7, Dominica is open to all international travelers—with stipulations in place: Before departing, all travelers must submit a health questionnaire online at domcovid.19.dominica.gov.dm at least 24 hours before arrival along with negative PCR test results recorded 24–72 hours prior to arrival. Once in Dominica, travelers will also need to undergo a health assessment, including a temperature check and a rapid test screening. 

Dominican Republic

Passengers arriving in the Dominican Republic may be given a breath test and have their temperature taken as they disembark the plane. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit will be given a COVID test. Passengers must also fill out a Traveler’s Health Affadavit.

Ecuador

To avoid quarantine, U.S. travelers to Ecuador must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 10 days before entering the country. To visit the Galápagos, travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours of entry into the province. 

Egypt

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test and proof of health insurance
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Egypt

In July, Egypt reopened major tourist sites, and as of August 15, travelers are allowed in the country with proof of a negative COVID test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival. Arriving travelers must also show proof of health insurance, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. 

Ethiopia

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Ethiopia 

Upon arrival in Ethiopia, U.S. citizens must present a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 120 hours (five days). They must also quarantine for seven days. 

French Polynesia

Comprising 118 islands, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia is a popular destination in the South Pacific. As of July 15, French Polynesia has reopened to travelers from all countries. Travelers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before their flight. They must also register with the country’s Electronic Travel Information System and take another test four days after their arrival.

a tree in a forest with Kakum National Park in the background: The canopy walkway in Kakum National Park, Ghana. © Photo by Shutterstock/Linda Hughes Photography The canopy walkway in Kakum National Park, Ghana.

Ghana

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test upon departure and arrival
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Ghana

Passengers arriving in Ghana must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 72 hours before departure. Upon arrival, travelers must also take a second COVID-19 test; those who test negative will be able to enter the country with no quarantine requirement. 

Grenada

  • State Department Level: 2, Exercise Increased Caution
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test and proof of reservation
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Grenada

U.S. travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of travel. They must also have medical insurance that covers COVID-19, a minimum seven-day reservation at an approved Pure Safe accommodation, and take a test four days after arrival. They must also download a contact tracing app. 

Guatemala

To be allowed entry into Guatemala, all travelers over the age of 10 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 96 hours before arrival in the country. There are special restrictions for those who have traveled to the United Kingdom and South Africa in the past two weeks. 

Haiti

All passengers arriving in Haiti must quarantine for 14 days; the Ministry of Public Health will check in with passengers three times after arrival. 

Honduras

Those traveling to Honduras must show a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed entry into the country. Anyone with symptoms may be required to quarantine. 

Ireland

All visitors to Ireland are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Though there are no restrictions on flights from the United States to Ireland, the Irish government advises against “all non-essential foreign travel” and that “travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.” 

Jamaica

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 test and a travel authorization
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Jamaica

To be allowed to travel to Jamaica, U.S. citizens must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 10 days prior to their departing flight. Travelers must also have a completed Travel Authorization Form. 

Kenya

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test 
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Kenya

American travelers are allowed into Kenya, but they must produce a negative COVID test taken no later than 96 hours before arrival. They must also not have a temperature above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or have a persistent cough or difficulty breathing.

Maldives

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test and confirmation of stay at registered destination
  • Read more: Rules for visiting the Maldives

As of July 15, this island country in the Indian Ocean has been open to international tourism. There are no testing or quarantine requirements, but guests are only allowed on “resort” islands and must have a stay confirmed with one. Travelers must also submit a Health Declaration 24 hours prior to their departure to the Maldives.

Mexico

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Varies by Mexican state
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Mexico

Land borders between Mexico and the U.S. are technically closed until October 21, but American travelers have been allowed to arrive by plane. Mexican states have different timelines for reopening, so be sure to check which ones are open to nonessential—that is, leisure—travel. (The state of Quintana Roo and Los Cabos are on that list.) 

Montenegro

U.S. citizens are able to enter Montenegro with proof of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours. Anyone without a test must quarantine for 14 days, but can be released from self-isolation if they obtain a negative test result on the sixth day of their stay. 

Namibia

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test before departure and upon arrival
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Namibia

Those entering Namibia as tourists must present a negative COVID-19 test result that is not older than seven days. Non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than one week will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost, according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia.

Nigeria

Those wishing to travel to Nigeria must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 96 hours before departure. Children under the age of 10 are exempt.

Panama

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Panama

U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to Panama, provided they can show negative results from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 48 hours before departure. If the test was done later than 48 hours before departure or the traveler does not have a test, they will have to take a $50 test at the airport upon arrival, at their expense. 

Peru

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test result and 14-day quarantine
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Peru

Passengers to Peru must show a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before the departing flight. Peru also requires all travelers to quarantine for 14 days. 

Rwanda

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Rwanda

As of August 1, Rwanda has been open to American travelers. Anyone arriving in the country must present a negative COVID-19 test “taken within 120 hours of departure,” and must undergo a second COVID test upon arrival, with “results delivered after 24 hours during which time they [travelers] will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.”

Serbia

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Serbia

As of December 22, Serbia requires passengers whose travel originates in the United States to provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 48 hours prior to arrival, or a negative antigen test. 

South Africa

Visitors to South Africa are required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 72 hours before departure. If they do not have a test, they will be required to quarantine at their own cost. Travelers will also be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

South Korea

  • State Department Level: 2, Exercise Increased Caution
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine
  • Read more: Rules for visiting South Korea

As of January 8, U.S. visitors to South Korea must show a negative COVID-19 test, issued within 72 hours of their departure. All visitors to Korea are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense. Visit Korea, the country’s tourism board, has a flowchart for travelers arriving into the country—and what they can expect.

St. Bart’s

Visitors have been welcome in St. Bart’s since June 22. Travelers are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test, obtained at least 72 hours before arrival.

If you aren’t able to get tested prior to departure, you’ll have to agree to be tested upon arrival and quarantine at your hotel or vacation rental until the test results are received (typically within 24 hours). If test results come back negative, travelers will not have to quarantine any longer. 

Those who plan on staying in St. Bart’s for longer than seven nights will need to be retested on the seventh day of their trip. If at any point positive test results are received, travelers will be asked to quarantine for 14 nights or until they test negative. Children under the age of 10 won’t need to be tested.

St. Kitts and Nevis

The dual-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has been open to international travelers since October. Visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of travel, but they can only stay at an approved hotel and must remain there for the first seven days of their vacation until they are tested again. 

St. Lucia

As of early July, St. Lucia reopened to American travelers. Visitors are required to show a negative COVID-19 test and should expect to undergo temperature checks.

St. Maarten/St. Martin

Visitors arriving from the United States must complete a self health declaration form online. All travelers arriving from outside the Caribbean will also need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of arrival, except for children ages ten and under.

Tanzania

Travelers to Tanzania are required to fill out a Health Surveillance Form to submit to Port Authority officials. All visitors can expect “intensive” screening, according to the government. 

Turkey

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Turkey 

Turkey has been welcoming international travelers since June 12. As of December 30, 2020, “all international passengers age 6 years and older traveling to Turkey are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight,” according to the embassy.

Turks and Caicos

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Preauthorization, negative COVID-19 test, online health screening, and medical insurance
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Turks and Caicos

Since July 22, Turks and Caicos has been open to international visitors. To be allowed to enter the country, all international travelers (visitors and residents) must have preauthorization through the Turks and Caicos “TCI Assured Portal.” The following information must be submitted: a negative COVID-19 test, taken within five days of arrival in Turks and Caicos; medical insurance that covers the cost of quarantine or local care; a completed online health screening.

United Arab Emirates

Travelers must take a COVID-19 test within 96 hours of their flight and show their airline a negative result, or they will be tested on arrival and required to isolate while awaiting the results. 

United Kingdom

Anyone arriving from the United States must quarantine for 14 days. Those who fail to do so can be fined up to £1,000 (or approximately US$1,270). Both international visitors and British nationals returning home from abroad will have to provide U.K. border control with their contact details, including their phone number, and the address of their U.K. accommodation where they will self-isolate for two weeks. If you do not provide accurate contact details, you can be fined up to £3,200 (about $4,070).

As of December 15, passengers who arrive to England from destinations not on the government’s travel corridors list can reduce their 14-day quarantine period by more than half if they test negative for the coronavirus. As part of the government’s new Test to Release strategy, travelers from nonexempt countries can opt to take a COVID-19 PCR test after 5 full days of self-isolation, and if the test comes back negative they’ll be allowed to skip the remainder of the 14-day quarantine. 

Zambia

  • State Department Level: 3, Reconsider Travel
  • Travel requirements: Negative COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine
  • Read more: Rules for visiting Zambia

All travelers entering Zambia must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 14 days of arrival in the country. Symptomatic individuals will also be tested at airports. U.S. citizens must also quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. 

This article was originally published in August. It has been updated with new information. 

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20 most beautiful places in Europe

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(CNN) — From Norwegian islands high above the Arctic Circle to forest-covered mountains in Romania, windswept sandy beaches in Wales and icy lakes in the Balkans, Europe is a spectacularly varied place.

The old continent’s historic cities and its Mediterranean beaches draw many of its visitors, but the best destinations are sometimes its more remote corners, known mainly to locals and a few intrepid travelers. Here are 20 of Europe’s most beautiful places to inspire your travels:

Lake Inari, Finland

High above the Arctic Circle and close to Finland’s border with Russia, Lake Inari is a year-round paradise. Dark, snowy winters make it ideal for catching a glimpse of the aurora borealis.

Its tree-lined banks glow a burnt orange during autumn and in summer, you can swim in its chilly shallows. The center of local Sámi culture, it’s as remote and traditional as Finland gets.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

This Norwegian archipelago consists of seven main islands.

This Norwegian archipelago consists of seven main islands.

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Made up of towering peaks, deep fjords and picture perfect villages, the Lofoten Islands are renowned for their remote beauty.

Consisting of seven main islands — Austvågøy, Flakstadøy, Gimsøy, Moskenesøya, Røst, Værøy and Vestvågøy — this is a place where nature takes precedence and sea eagles soar through the skies.

Thanks to the mild waters of the gulf stream, the Norwegian archipelago is surprisingly warm in summer, when the sun never sets due to the islands’ northerly location.

Unst, Shetland Isles, Scotland

Unst is the last outpost of the United Kingdom.

Unst is the last outpost of the United Kingdom.

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The most northerly occupied island of the British Isles, Unst is a wild, rugged place where seas crash into the dramatic Muckle Flugga sea stacks.

The latter are a haven for gannets during breeding season, with birdwatchers also treated to the sight of scavenging bonxies, or great skuas.

Steeped in Viking history, archaeologists have discovered traditional longhouses and graveyards that showcase its Scandinavian past.

Zagori, Greece

Zagori comes from the Slavic word meaning

Zagori comes from the Slavic word meaning “beyond the mountains.”

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While Greece’s islands are lauded for their beauty, the mainland’s charms are easily overlooked.

But one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe lies here, in the region of Zagori, Epirus.

The plunging Vikos Gorge makes for a perfect day’s hiking, while Mount Astrakas’ snow-capped peak is a sight to behold as the days close in, showing that Greece is far more than just a summer destination.

Keep an eye out for Zagori’s stone bridges, especially the three-arched Kaligeriko, close to the village of Kipi.

Yorkshire Dales, England

The Yorkshire Dales is famous for its spectacular landscapes.

The Yorkshire Dales is famous for its spectacular landscapes.

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The Yorkshire Dales are the England of the imagination.

Its narrow lanes lined with drystone walls cry out to cyclists seeking vertiginous adventures, while its moody hills continually attract walkers, no matter the weather.

Geological wonders such as the limestone spectacles of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar make it perhaps the most beautiful part of the British Isles.

Much of the area forms part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, perhaps best seen along the Settle to Carlisle railway, which passes over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.

Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Romania's Apuseni mountains form part of the western Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania.

Romania’s Apuseni mountains form part of the western Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania.

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Part of the Carpathian range, the Apuseni are the best kept secret in Eastern Europe.

These mountains are isolated, with ancient forests and limestone caves descending into underground rivers at every turn.

Time stands still here, with little else to do but breathe in the pine-tinged air and keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife.

Wolves prowl through the trees, with ospreys circling on thermals high above.

Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley attracts more than 3.3 million visitors per year.

Loire Valley attracts more than 3.3 million visitors per year.

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The Loire Valley’s opulent châteaux are what give this region of central France such grandeur.

Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Chenonceau are the most famous, replete with classic spires, viewing towers, formal gardens and boating lakes.

Throw in a tour of its vineyards, where some of the world’s finest wines are produced, and its allure is impossible to ignore.

Picos de Europa, Spain

The Picos de Europa may not get top billing with the Pyrenees, but these mountains are every bit as enticing for serious mountaineers, hikers and those who enjoy marveling at high peaks.

Known as “Spain’s Dolomites,” the mountain range extends for about 20 kilometers inland from the northern coast of Spain.

Walkers will find an excellent network of mountain refuges, with the views at their best as the sun rises over the peaks in the early morning.

Adelboden, Switzerland

The Swiss mountain village of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland region.

The Swiss mountain village of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland region.

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Although Adelboden isn’t the famous valley in Switzerland, it possesses a local charm that many never get to experience.

The head of the valley is home to some of the best ice climbing in the Alps, while those less keen on vertigo-inducing pursuits can strap on snow shoes and explore pine forests and frozen streams.

At night, the skies above the quiet pistes fill with stars.

Henne Strand, West Jutland, Denmark

Henne Strand is a sandy haven for vacationing Danes.

Henne Strand is a sandy haven for vacationing Danes.

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Backed by rolling dunes, Henne Strand sits on the west coast of Jutland.

Often windswept, it’s a summer haven for holidaying Danes, with miles of sand, ensuring every visitor has plenty of space to spread out and catch some rays.

Nearby Filso, a restored lake, is a haven for birds, with observation towers helping amateur ornithologists catch a glimpse of rare gull-billed terns, herons and cranes.

Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany

Bavarian Forest National Park -- the largest national park in Germany.

Bavarian Forest National Park — the largest national park in Germany.

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Germany’s first national park, the Bavarian Forest demands exploration and rewards those who take to its myriad paths in search of adventure.

There are 186 miles of hiking trails and 124 miles of bike routes that connect with Sumava National Park, just across the border in the Czech Republic. Rachelsee, deep in the forest’s heart, surrounded by pines and standing over 1,000 meters above sea level, is a mirror lake that makes for superb photos.

Rumor has it, Rachelsee was named after the devil’s grandmother.

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Netherlands

Hoge Veluwe National Park covers more than 5,400 hectares of forest, moors and sand dunes.

Hoge Veluwe National Park covers more than 5,400 hectares of forest, moors and sand dunes.

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With its undulating sand dunes, heathland and woods, Hoge Veluwe National Park is a wildlife haven.

First established in 1909 as a private park, it gained national park status in the 1930s.

Today, it’s known for its roaming populations of roe deer, wild sheep and wild boar, as well as the woodpeckers and nightjars that swoop through its skies.

Union Hall, Ireland

Peaceful fishing village Union Hall in Ireland's County Cork.

Peaceful fishing village Union Hall in Ireland’s County Cork.

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Positioned deep in Glandore Harbor in the west of County Cork, the fishing village of Union Hall is quintessentially Irish.

Its lush surrounding hills offer sweeping views across the water, with hardy souls able to take a dip in one of the beaches close to the village.

The area is surrounded by the ruins of medieval castles and ancient forts, with Drombeg Stone Circle, which is thought to date back over 3,000 years, located close by.

Barmouth, Wales

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Barmouth is situated on the River Mawddacch estuary in Cardigan Bay.

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Looking out across Cardigan Bay, with the southern Snowdonian mountains looming behind, Barmouth is a traditional Welsh gem.

Best reached on train via the 699-meter-long wooden viaduct, which dates to 1867, the vast beach here is wonderful year-round.

While it gets busy in summer, as autumn arrives and the winds whip up, Barmouth makes for the perfect, blustery British day out.

It’s possible to hire kayaks or stand-up paddleboards when the water is calm.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj -- the largest permanent lake in Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj — the largest permanent lake in Slovenia.

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Lake Bohinj is often disregarded in favor of the more popular Lake Bled.

But Slovenia’s largest lake, set within the majestic Triglav National Park, is arguably just as spectacular.

Visitors can hire a bike or walk along the trails running around the lake to the impressive Savica waterfall or charming village Stara Fuzina.

Meanwhile, mountaineers have the option to strike out for the summit of Triglav if the weather is good.

Susak, Croatia

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Situated on the northern Adriatic coast of Croatia, Susak offers a blissful alternative to the busier islands of Hvar and Vis.

Blessed with sandy beaches and shallow waters, it’s perfect for lounging and doing very little besides.

The fact that Susak is hard to reach, and lacks any roads to speak of, makes it an ideal destination for escaping the rigors of daily life.

Hortobagy National Park, Hungary

Hortobagy National Park is largest continuous natural grassland in Europe.

Hortobagy National Park is largest continuous natural grassland in Europe.

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UNESCO-protected since 1999, Hungary’s first national park sits on the Great Plain, covering a massive 800 square kilometers.

Famous for its Nine Hole Bridge, the park is home to water buffalo, cranes and great bustards.

Stargazing here is particularly good due to its low human population and lack of light pollution, with the area designated an International Dark Sky Park.

Białowieża National Park, Poland

Białowieża National Park is Europe's last remaining primaeval forest.

Białowieża National Park is Europe’s last remaining primaeval forest.

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Covering the central section of the Białowieża Forest, it’s no exaggeration to say this Polish national park is one of the most important in Europe.

It protects the last temperate primeval forest on the continent.

Bordering Belarus, it has the largest population of European bison in the world, not to mention verdant woods that give a rare insight into how Europe would have looked millennia ago.

Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs, Latvia

The picturesque Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs are based on the western coast of Latvia.

The picturesque Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs are based on the western coast of Latvia.

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Known for its paragliding and windsurfing, Latvia’s Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs make for an excellent alternative seaside escape. The cliffs are wild and fast eroding, with a few meters disappearing into the Baltic Sea each year.

Untroubled by large numbers of tourists, its beaches offer great sunset views. The bluffs are best enjoyed during the summer.

Lake Vattern, Sweden

Lake Vattern is the second largest body of water in the country.

Lake Vattern is the second largest body of water in the country.

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Measuring just under 84 miles in length, Sweden’s Lake Vattern is the archetypal Scandinavian lake.

The best way to explore Europe’s sixth largest lake is by driving along its banks. The beautiful wooden church at Habo, the pretty town of Hjo and Tiveden National Park, on the lake’s northern shore, are among its stand out sights.

In summer, be sure to take out an SUP or go for a dip in its refreshing water.

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