When planning a trip, choose a destination that offers stunning scenery and interesting cultural attractions to ensure you have a memorable trip – and get plenty of great photographs to show your friends and family. Here are five countries that offer beautiful scenery and plenty of cultural sites:
The South American nation offers diverse scenery, including stark coastal deserts, lush tropical rainforests, high plains and soaring Andean peaks. Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Ballestas Islands are among the highlights, while you’ll find plenty of stunning Spanish colonial architecture, lively festivals, Inca and pre-Inca ruins, and exciting Andean cuisine.
With more than 17,500 islands, Indonesia offers no end of great scenery. From the chain of cone-shaped volcanoes running along Sumatra, Java, Bali and beyond, to the lush jungles of Kalimantan and the beaches of Lombok, there are many highlights. Add to that some interesting wildlife, including orangutans and komodo dragons. The country has a fascinating cultural mix. The city of Yogyakarta is a great centre for poetry, puppetry, batik and dramatic arts, and is close to the spectacular Prambanan ruins.
France has so much to offer, and is rightly one of the world’s most popular destinations. There’s something for everyone – sandy bea ches, Alpine peaks, stunning rocky coastlines, hilltop castles, old volcanoes, green rolling hills and steep river gorges. It’s home to world-famous museums, excellent rustic cuisine and seafood, fine wines, historic cathedrals and modern theme parks. To travel across these destinations you may choose best options for hotels in Paris at budget prices.
Turkey, where East meets West, is a beautiful, vast country with many ancient and modern attractions. Its natural highlights include the iconic Oludeniz beach, the stunning Mount Ararat, the verdant Pontic Mountains, the hot springs of Pamukkale (the so-called “cotton castle”), and the enchanting rock formations of Cappadocia. Turkey has a wealth of cultural attractions, including the ruins of Troy, Aspendos and Perge, the mosques and bazaars of Istanbul, the museums and Roman ruins of Ankara, and the old port of Antalya.
One of the largest countries in the world, and with many distinct regions, China offers no end of beautiful scenery and cultural diversity. The stark Gobi Desert, the gorges of the Yangtse, the high plateau of Tibet and the Karst landscapes of South China are among its geographical highlights. China also has more than 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries and the Terracotta Army.