Reasons to Travel to the United Kingdom
Okay, so we know the United Kingdom is famed for its wet and windy weather, so it might not be your first choice if you're looking for warmer climes. But the sun does shine occasionally, so don't be tempted to put off a visit to the UK when you're looking for a new travel destination.
There would be much you would be missing out on if you didn't visit, and we will list some of the highlights here. You might even want to stay longer in the UK after visiting, and we wouldn't be surprised if you applied for indefinite leave to remain after just a few day's stay!
Socc ... er Football!
While we might call it soccer over on this side of the pone, British Football tradition is something of a bucketlist for any American sports fan. Even if you prefer a basbal diamond over a football pitch, attending a game in the UK is a pretty compelling draw for most guys.
The Gorgeous Scenery
Yes, we know you can get gorgeous scenery anywhere, but the UK is well-known for containing some of the most beautiful scenic areas in the world.
Take for Lake District, for example. It has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status, so it ranks alongside such wonders of the world as the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. With its vast lakes, gently rolling hills, and fairytale villages, you owe yourself a visit.
But there are plenty of other beautiful places to visit, including Cornwall with its expansive beaches and chocolate box villages, the unspoiled countryside of the Cotswolds, and the Highlands of Scotland, with its ancient castles, enchanting lochs, and sweeping mountain ranges. Our advice: Take your camera!
The Historic Landmarks
Waves of conquerors have swept through the United Kingdom during centuries past, with Vikings, Romans, and the Normans being just a few of the tribal forces that have left their mark on Britain's fair lands.
There's the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, for example, with its circle of stones that has fascinated visitors for centuries. How did the stones get there? We don't know, as it still remains a mystery.
And there are the many castles spread throughout the UK, some of which are in ruins and some of which have been lovingly restored for you to explore. And there are cathedrals, monuments, and lots of other historic sites, so if you are fascinated with the UK's history, especially that centered around the country's Kings and Queens, put down your history book and visit the country for yourself.
Virtually every town, city, and shire in the United Kingdom has a wealth of pubs to visit and explore.
The Royal Family
And talking of Kings and Queens, if you are in the UK, you will probably want to visit Her Royal Highness while you're here. The monarchy is a huge part of British tradition, and if you're a fan of the Royals, you should definitely visit the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace. Sadly, you will be arrested if you turn up at the door hoping to have tea with Her Majesty, but there are tours of the Palace if you want to take a look at her London home.
There are many other royal places to visit, including Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, and while it's unlikely you will meet a royal, you can still learn about their history.
We have barely scratched the surface, as there are plenty of other reasons to visit the UK, including the opportunity to get a glimpse of the country's popular traditions and celebrations.
So, if you're planning your next vacation away, look for the tiny speck on your map that is the UK, and pack your raincoat and umbrella in preparation for a visit.
- Written by James Hills
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