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England tours often attract a considerable amount of attention thanks to the many historical sites peppered throughout the countryside and the thriving city life of London. While both are certainly appealing aspects of the country, England also has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Picturesque landscapes and centuries-old architecture provide a number of perfect photo opportunities, and there are a few spots you should be sure to visit.
The largest lake in England, Lake Windermere is also home to some of the most stunning cites in the region. You can experience Windermere in a number of different ways, but from the water is undoubtedly the best. While floating on its pristine surface, you'll get an up close look at the varied landscape that peppers its shores, whether its the rolling green hills or the high peaks looming large over the water.
Though Lake Windermere is meant to be experienced from the water, The Cotswolds should be seen on pavement. Located in southwestern and west-central England, this hilly region has become a popular destination for road trips - and for good reason. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the area brings you through some of the most quintessentially English countryside towns you'll ever set foot in. There are a number of highlights to be on the lookout for including Beverston Castle, which dates back to 1229 and the stately Woodchester Mansion.
Take advantage of national parks
England is home to a number of protected national parks, and you'd be remiss if you didn't visit at least one before you left. If you're struggling with where to stop, you can't go wrong with a trip to New Forest. Located in the southern part of the country, New Forest is one of the most unspoiled pastures in England.
Move to Scotland
If you find the natural beauty of England appealing, you'll want to transition to a tour of Scotland. England's neighbor to the north, Scotland is replete with stunning landscapes, and you won't have to look to hard to find them. One of the most picturesque towns is Ballachulish, which is home to many centuries old buildings that mesh perfectly with the surrounding green hills and calm waters of beautiful Loch Leven.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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