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The Best Countries to Travel To 

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Which country is the best to travel to? The options are endless and vary from person to person. Do you prefer to experience great nightlife in the hottest cities, or would you rather explore lush landscapes and the wonders of nature? Help travelers determine which nation is the greatest vacation destination by voting on this list. From American sites to the richly historic landscapes of Europe and Asia, the world is full of great countries to visit and explore.

The European nations have been popular travel destinations for decades. With rich culture, delicious cuisines, and some of the world's greatest museums, France, Germany and Spain are places that everyone should experience. Russia is the largest country in the world and offers exciting opportunities for every traveler. The Kremlin in Moscow is one of the most interesting sites that visitors could hope to take in.

Thrifty travelers have more options than ever in 2015. South Korea is becoming an affordable vacation destination for sportsmen and adventure lovers. The Asian nation offers challenging hikes, green golf courses and ocean waters for fishing. Mexico has beautiful all-inclusive resorts that provide vacationers beach front views for a bargain.

What country is your favorite to travel to? Vote on this list and share your favorite travel destinations in the comments section.
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Greece is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Athens

Language: Greek Language

Founded: 1821-03-25

Currency: Euro

Area: 131940.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Hymn to Liberty

Divisions: Chios, Phthiotis, Argolis, Pella, Dodecanese Prefecture, + more

Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world, lending itself to some of the most beautiful beaches. Its rich history of the Greek and Ottoman empires has left behind 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that tourists travel from all over the world to see, including the Parthenon and the White Tower of Thessaloniki. 

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Italy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Rome

Language: Italian Language

Founded: 1861-03-17

Currency: Euro

Area: 301230.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Il Canto degli Italiani

Divisions: Province of Medio Campidano, Province of Genoa, Province of La Spezia, Province of Pavia, Province of Catanzaro, + more

Italy is an entire country of picturesque towns, landmarks, and countrysides worth visiting. It's known for its grand architetureal achievements, its famous art and literature, food, and operas.

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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
JoséValente added Wellington

Language: Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language, English Language

Founded: 1840-02-06

Currency: New Zealand dollar

Area: 268680.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: God Defend New Zealand, God Save the Queen

Divisions: Bay of Plenty, Otago Region, Tasman District, West Coast, Wellington, + more

Because New Zealand was geographically isolate for 80 million years, it was able to harvest unique flora and fauna that are still prevalent on the islands today. There are more penguin species living in New Zealand than any other country today.

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Portugal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
amsmaia added Lisbon

Language: Portuguese Language

Founded: 1128-06-24

Currency: Euro

Area: 91985.0

Government: Representative democracy, Semi-presidential system, Democratic republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state, + more

Anthem: A Portuguesa

Divisions: Braga, Bragança District, Aveiro District, Aveiro, Portugal, + more

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Austria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Vienna

Language: German Language

Founded: 1955-07-27

Currency: Euro

Area: 83855.0

Government: Federal republic, Federation, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Land der Berge, Land am Strome

Divisions: Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Upper Austria, Burgenland, Vienna, + more

Austria is famous for its classical music, as some of the most famous composers were born there, such as Mozart and Beethoven. It also has one of the most multicultural cuisines in Europe, bringing a wide variety and depth to its cuisine. Some of their most famous dishes are strudel, wiener schnitzel, and wheat beer.

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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Bern

Language: Romansh language, French Language, German Language, Italian Language

Founded: 1291

Currency: Swiss franc

Area: 41285.0

Government: Federal republic, Directorial system

Anthem: Swiss Psalm

Divisions: Seftigen District, Canton of Vaud, Canton of Glarus, Canton of Aargau, Canton of Zurich, + more

Because of the Swiss Alps covering much of the country, Switzerland is a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. Folk art is also kept alive by many organizations in Switzerland, displaying their alpine symbolism through music, art, and dance, including yodeling.

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Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Amsterdam

Language: Dutch Language

Founded: 1648

Currency: Euro

Area: 41526.0

Government: Representative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Monarchy, Federacy, Unitary state, + more

Anthem: Wilhelmus, Wien Neêrlands Bloed

Divisions: Groningen, Roosendaal, The Hague, Amsterdam, Edam-Volendam, + more

Netherlands is known as being one of the most liberal countries in the world. It's iconic windmills, tulip fields, and hundreds of national parks make for lovely landscapes and breathtaking views.

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Spain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
llura added Madrid

Language: Spanish Language

Currency: Euro

Area: 505992.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Marcha Real

Divisions: Province of Zamora, Province of Segovia, Province of Soria, La Rioja, Province of Valladolid, + more

Spain is the second most visited country in the world and third in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is 44. They trail only behind Italy and China. They also have a number of world famous festivals, including the running of the bulls, in which millions from around the world come to celebrate.

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
beernbugs added Prague

Language: Czech Language

Founded: 1993-01-01

Currency: Czech koruna

Area: 78866.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Kde domov můj?

Divisions: Prague, Moravian-Silesian Region, South Moravian Region, Olomouc Region, Karlovy Vary Region, + more

Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is the 6th most visited city in Europe, and is considered to be quite safe to walk around in, even at night. The country is known for its puppetry and marionette museums, as well as the several puppet festivals that happen throughout the year.

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Iceland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Reykjavik

Language: Icelandic Language

Founded: 1904-02-01

Currency: Icelandic króna

Area: 103001.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Lofsöngur

Divisions: Westfjords, Norðurland vestra, Eastern Region, Iceland, Capital Region, + more

Iceland has many active volcanoes and lava flows, as well as several geysers throughout the country. It also has three national parks.

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Trenton Myers added Canberra

Founded: 1901-01-01

Currency: Australian dollar

Area: 7692024.0

Government: Federal monarchy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Advance Australia Fair

Divisions: Christmas Island, Town of Claremont, Victoria, South Australia, Melbourne, + more

Recognized as a megadiverse country, Australia has much to offer in terms of tourism. It has 16 natural World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Shark Bay, and the Gold Coast.

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Germany is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Berlin

Language: German Language

Founded: 1949-05-23

Currency: Euro

Area: 357021.0

Government: Representative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Deutschlandlied

Divisions: Munich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse, + more

Between the ancient castles, the modern cities, and the delicious cuisine, there's little Germany can't offer to tourists. In 2013, it was ranked as the most positively viewed country in the world. Its restaurants are the second-most prestigious in the world, only behind France.

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Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Trenton Myers added Bratislava

Language: Slovak Language

Founded: 1918-10-28

Currency: Euro

Area: 49036.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Nad Tatrou sa blýska

Divisions: Nitra Region, Žilina Region, Trenčín Region, Bratislava Region, Košice Region, + more

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Turkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
beernbugs added Ankara

Language: Turkish Language

Founded: 1923-10-29

Currency: Turkish lira

Area: 783562.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: İstiklâl Marşı

Divisions: Adana Province, Manisa Province, Iğdır Province, Erzurum Province, Ağrı Province, + more

Turkey is the 6th most visited place in the world, making much of its economy dependent on it. It has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the archeological site of the historic city, Troy.

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Denmark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
jona000f added Copenhagen

Language: Danish Language

Currency: Danish krone

Area: 43094.0

Government: Representative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Monarchy, Federacy, Unitary state, + more

Anthem: There is a Lovely Country

Divisions: South Jutland County, Copenhagen County, Capital Region of Denmark, West Zealand County, Frederiksberg, + more

Denmark is one of the most social progressive countries in the world. It's also home to the Vikings, where many ruins and remains can be found there today.

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Cyprus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
constantinos-eleftheriou added Nicosia

Language: Turkish Language, Greek Language

Founded: 1960-08-16

Currency: Euro

Area: 9250.0

Government: Presidential system, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: Hymn to Liberty

Divisions: Paphos District, Nicosia District, Famagusta District, Larnaca District, Kyrenia District, + more

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Scotland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Edinburgh

Language: Scottish English

Founded: 0843

Currency: UK £

Area: 78387.0

Government: Devolution, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Is There for Honest Poverty, Scotland the Brave, Flower of Scotland, Scots Wha Hae, Highland Cathedral

Divisions: Orkney

Scotland is best known for its traditional bagpipe music, its ancient castles, and whiskey, which is their largest export. It's also known for sports fanaticism for rugby and football, and it is home to golf. 

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Monaco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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Language: French Language

Founded: 1297

Currency: Euro

Government: Principality, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Hymne Monégasque

Located in the French Riviera, Monaco is home to some of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts and beaches in the world. It's also famous for the Grand Prix, a formula one race.

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Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
PeterPetrov added Sofia

Language: Bulgarian Language

Founded: 0681

Currency: Bulgarian lev

Area: 110994.0

Government: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Mila Rodino

Divisions: Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo Province, Silistra Province, Haskovo Province, Pleven Province, + more

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England is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
London

Language: English Language

Currency: UK £

Area: 130395.0

Government: Constitutional monarchy, Constituent country

Divisions: East Midlands, South East England, North East England, East of England, Wakefield, + more

With its endless amount of castles, cathedrals, towers, and cobblestone streets, tourists are never short of finding something exquisite to see in England. It also has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge, Tower of London, Jurassic Coast, and Ironbridge Gorge. 

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Kazakhstan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Trenton Myers added Astana

Language: Kazakh Language, Russian Language

Currency: Kazakhstani tenge

Area: 2717300.0

Government: Presidential system, Unitary state

Anthem: Meniñ Qazaqstanım

Divisions: Almaty, West Kazakhstan Province, Almaty Province, Kokshetau, Kyzylorda Province, + more

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Hungary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Budapest

Language: Hungarian language

Founded: 0895

Currency: Hungarian forint

Area: 93030.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Himnusz

Divisions: Fejér County, Somogy County, Tolna County, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, + more

Hungary sit on top of high quality thermal water, making it home to more than 1500 thermal springs and 450 public baths throughout the country. It also has the largest bath house in Europe, The Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Trenton Myers added Brasília

Language: Portuguese Language

Founded: 1822-09-07

Currency: Brazilian real

Area: 8515767.05

Government: Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

Anthem: Brazilian National Anthem

Divisions: Mato Grosso, Acre, Roraima, Minas Gerais, Telêmaco Borba, + more

BRAZIL

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Wales is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
BenNicholson added Cardiff

Language: Welsh Language, English Language

Founded: 1056

Currency: UK £

Area: 20761.0

Government: Devolution, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Divisions: Waen

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Finland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
Helsinki

Language: Swedish Language, Finnish Language

Founded: 1809-03-29

Currency: Euro

Area: 338424.0

Government: Federacy, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Maamme

Divisions: Lapland, Western Finland Province, Southern Finland Province, Oulu Province, Eastern Finland Province, + more

Finland's tourism has been growing rapidly in the past few years, largely because of its modernization and globalization. It also has 37 national parks, full of virgin, pristine land and forests.

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