Located in the southwest of the UK, Wales is known for its unique languages, culture, dramatic coastline, lakes, national parks, hills, and mountains. Visitors to Wales are spoiled for scenery options — Snowdonia’s four mountain ranges and the countries lakes are a perfect backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast. The nation is also famous for its local cuisine, pretty villages, and historic architecture. Here is a collection of images that will make you want to explore Wales.

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Snowdonia National Park

Over 26,000 people live within Snowdonia National Park, but it draws over 6,000,000 visitors annually. Roughly half stay within the park for an extended period of time – the 823 square miles are a lot to cover (but in reality, 69.9% of park lands are private). A large majority of hikers trek Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain, despite the area being one of the country's wettest.
Photo: Richard0

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Wildlife on the Pembrokeshire coast

Photo: James West

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Crib Goch

An arête (thin, knife-like ridge) in Snowdonia National Park, Crib Goch is one of the wettest locations in the United Kingdom. The classic east-to-west hiking path on Crib Goch leads hikers to a hold where both hands and feet are needed to traverse, followed by peaks and grassy ridges. Several fatalities have occurred on the trail — the path is recommended for experienced hikers. In the winter, Crib Goch’s routes are considered mountaineering routes. Photo: Wiki

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Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

Photo: Ginger

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Brecon Beacons National Park

Photo: Les Haines

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Summertime camping

Photo: Mels Brushes

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Views such as this down the coast

Photo: tpsdave

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Rich history

The Guardian of the Valleys is a 20-meter statue near the Six Bells Colliery, a coal mine in Wales. It was built in 2010 to commemorate the disaster of 1960, in which an explosion killed 45 men working in the mine. The statue is composed of thousands of steel ribbons.
Photo: The Valley

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Gwynedd castles

The castles and other fortified medieval structures on the northern coast of Wales are well preserved and seriously fun to climb around. Pictured above is Harlech Castle.
Photo: clspeace

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Turquoise sea

Photo: Diego Torres

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White sand beaches

Photo: Samantha Scholl

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Surfing, Colhuw Beach, Llantwit Major.

Photo: Matt Pritchard

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Sunsets over the Gower Peninsula

Photo: Joshua Earle

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Mountain biking, Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd

Photo: William Hook

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Hiking, Llanberis Pass

Photo: Ste Wright

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Great Orme

This four-mile nature trail allows you to see and learn more about some of the species that make the Great Orme their home whilst taking in the wonderful sights of on the headland.

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Some of the best routes in the UK for road trips

Photo: Mitchell Orr

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