• Beddgelert, Wales


Less urbanized and less wealthy than England, tiny Wales — roughly the size of Massachusetts — is a hillwaker's delight, with mile after mile of green, sheep-dotted land, bordered on three sides by a scenic, windswept coastline. South Wales' best sights are conveniently close to Bath and the Cotswolds — but the more distant north Welsh coast has the country's highest concentration of castles, natural beauty, and attractions. Even on a quick visit, make time to connect with Welsh culture. Open your ears to the sound of Welsh, one of Europe's oldest languages still spoken. Clamber over a castle, eat a leek, count sheep in a field, catch a rugby match, or share a pint of bitter with a baritone.