Many Americans name-check Europe as their dream travel destination. The continent comprises 51 countries, with each of them having diverse and beautiful scenery. Anyone visiting the continent will be spoiled with diversity because there’s so much to see. Here are 5 of the most spectacular places to visit in Europe.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
This is one of the destinations that always come to mind when one thinks about traveling to Europe. The Amalfi Coast is arguably Italy’s most renowned peninsula. It runs from Positano to Ravello and features enchanting beaches and cliffs that cascade down to the Mediterranean. The pastel-colored towns dotting the coastline are dotted with incredible restaurants and boutique hotels. The endless limoncello and olive groves along the shores will blow your mind away.
Armenia is one of the lesser-known countries in Europe, but it is home to one of the most iconic landmarks on the continent, the Tatev Monastery. Set on a clifftop, the monastery is over 1,000 years old and has survived wars, earthquakes, and imperial invaders who took turns ransacking it. The views of the surrounding villages and rolling hills from the monastery are simply incredible.
The Storr, Scotland
Far West in the Scottish Highlands lies the Isle of Skye. This is home to incredible landscapes, which can be the perfect backdrop for fantasy movies. The Storr, in particular, will amaze you. This is a surreal formation of rocky pinnacles, which jut out from grassy hillsides like spikes.
The rocky formations overlook the rugged coastline of the island. The famous Scottish rain and mist make the scenery even more picturesque. If you wish to hike during your next European adventure, the Storr should be your go-to destination.
Venice is possibly the most storied city in the world. It is steeped in rich tradition, having been around for centuries. Despite this, the city hasn’t lost its allure and laidback feel. When visiting the city, there’s so much that you can do. Besides sampling its famous market and cathedral, do not leave without cruising the Adriatic lagoon on a gondola, and taking a photo at Piazza San Marco.
Rising sea levels in recent years have threatened Venice’s existence, but this hasn’t stopped it from being a top destination for American tourists. You need 12 hours to fly to this historic city from Pittsburgh, with two layovers along the way. Despite this, you are assured of a fun-filled and memorable vacation when visiting the city.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
You have probably seen this landmark on postcards, social media, or desktop screensavers. Irrespective of where you saw it, Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park always looks like a scene out of FernGully. The waterfalls are scenic and awash with flora and fauna.
This is one of the perfect places to enjoy an idyllic day during your vacation, watching water streaming down the valley in multiple rivulets. You can also go swimming with your mates at the nearby Krka National Park, which is as scenic as the Plitvice waterfalls.