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Wales - An Ideal Destination For Picturesque Towns and Natural Beauty
Wales currently has approximately fifteen million visitors annually, most traveling to Cardiff. This country is a naturally gorgeous scenic country with rolling hills, the majestic plains, the luxurious beaches, and the historical and cultural influences of the nation. Wales travel is growing annually, employing over 100,000 citizens and accounting for an increasing percentage of the Gross Domestic Product. Wales is a part of the United Kingdom with perfect destinations for a holiday or a long getaway,
The most appealing city for tourism in Wales is the capital, Cardiff. A guide to this city will make exploration of the town's many landmarks and historical centers effortless. The city is rich in vitality, culture, and natural beauty. Cardiff features a distinctive coastline on the Bristol Channel. Notable landmarks in the city are the Cardiff Castle, the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay, and Bute Park. Among the many attractions this city has to offer are a variety of museums that will interest most people but especially those with a keen understanding of history. The city also features parks and a castle garden that is beautifully landscaped and truly inviting.
Other worthy cities for exploration are Bangor, Caernarfon, Conwy, Swansea, and Tenby. The pristine national parks and idyllic countryside are a memorable experience on a trip to Wales. South Wales travel can include anything from a glamorous night on the town to a relaxing day on the beach, and some of the landscapes in this region are the most stunning in all of the country. North Wales travel is mostly dominated by Bangor and medieval castles fortified for protection against siege in earlier centuries. The North is also home to a number of pleasingly quaint towns and verdant landscapes.
A travel agency can help you find the best accommodations for your stay in Wales including flights, hotel arrangements, restaurants, and shopping options. A video tour may help you refine your travel plans to Wales, and it is always a good idea to find out as much information as possible about any country before traveling there. Welsh is spoken most commonly in Wales, but some locals may have knowledge of other languages as well. It is a good idea to take a pocket dictionary with you in case you need guidance or advice from natives. Wales uses the Great British Pound (GBP) for currency. Wales can give you some of the most memorable vistas and exciting experiences of any other world travel destination.
Features Rated by Wales Locals
Due to Wales' topography and historic development, most travelling in Wales is done along an East-West axis rather than a North-South Axis. Rail and road links between centres in South Wales, and along the North Wales coast are by and large quick and efficient, especially along the M4 and A55. An important exception to this is M4 J32 (the interchange with the A470) during peak morning rush hour, which gets congested with Cardiff Commuter traffic. The roundabout at junction 32 is the largest in Europe. Through to 2010 roadworks between J29 (A48(M)) and J30 (Cardiff Gate) may add time to your journey. Most places in South Wales are within a one and half hour drive of each other.
Travelling between the Cardiff and the other main population centres, Swansea and Newport is very straightforward.
Although only approximately 170 miles from coast to coast, due to the topography North South links are more difficult in terms of time. By land journey times are comparable to flight times accross the North American continent! However the journey itself is something a visitor may wish to undertake in order to see the scenery.
Much of Wales' scenery is spectacular, and environmentally important. To protect the environment certain parts of Wales have been designated as "National Parks" or as "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty". An area with either of these designation will have high degree of protection from inappropriate development. Whilst these rules exist for environmental reasons, rather than to promote tourism, because "National Parks" and "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty" have this protection, a visitor to these areas can be confident that they will see some unspoiled scenery.
These areas offer some of Wales' most attractive scenery, and a visitor would be well advised to visit at least one of these areas. That is not to say that there aren't other attractive places in Wales, but the "National Parks" and "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty" are the "jewels in the outdoor crown".