PHOTO: Snowdonia National Park is a must-see in Wales. (Courtesy Flickr/Ruth Hartnup)
The beautiful country of Wales offers visitors a rugged coastline, stunning mountain ranges and amazing national parks that are home to over 250 ancient monuments, such as prehistoric and Roman sites.
There are also medieval castles, burial chambers, hillforts and waterfalls to admire as well.
If you want to see all of this landscape splendor up close when you Visit Wales, the best way to do so is to pack up the car and head out for an unforgettable road trip.
Start your journey at the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range and national park in South Wales. There’s so much to see just in the Beacons that it can be a lengthy trip all on its own. Don’t miss the Gospel Pass here which is the highest road pass in Wales and provides one of the most beautiful views you will ever see.
Also inside the Brecon Beacons is the medieval ruins of the Llanthony Priory. The park is also the home to Welsh mountain ponies who roam free and it’s the location for both the popular Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts and the Brecon Jazz Festival.
Stop in the southeast part of the park to visit Abergavenny, a market town where there are pubs, inns and restaurants to try as well as regular markets to shop for produce. Also sitting on the south side of the park is Brynamman, a village where you can see Waterfall Country, which is filled with, just that, many waterfalls that will take your breath away.
If you can’t get enough of the parks, drive over to the 500 acres of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and also to Snowdonia National Park, where you can see Swallow Falls. Snowdonia National Park, located on the west coast of, covers 823 square miles of landscapes and is the largest National Park in Wales. There are lakes, glacial landforms, hiking trails and a railway up to the peak of Snowdon.
In Laugharne, you can see the area that inspired the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, to write ‘Under Milk Wood’. Make sure you tour The Boathouse where he lived, and see the shed where he wrote his works.
Another stop on your amazing road trip in Wales should be the picturesque town of Tenby, a 13th-century medieval town that is extremely popular with crafters.
A road trip through Wales wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a castle. Tenby is home to both the Carew Castle and the Manorbier Castle. And you can also visit Caernafon, which has the turrets and the history that you won’t want to miss. There are also the beautiful Bronllys Castle and the Beaumaris Castle, which was never really completed, but its massive size makes it an incredible structure to see.
Three miles away from Tenby is the town of Saundersfoot, where you can relax on the gorgeous beach, do some shopping and enjoy the harbor.
Take your time on this trip to see as much of the beauty of Wales as you can. The best thing about a road trip is that you can get out and explore at your own pace. http://www.travelpulse.com/