Poland is a must-visit not only thanks to its culture, history, and cuisine, but for its natural beauty too. Verdant forests and alpine lakes abound, and the section of the Carpathian Mountains along the country’s southern border are astounding. The wooded hills and gnarled peaks are a seasonal beacon for hikers, cyclists, and skiers. Nestled in the foothills of the Tatras—the highest peaks in the Carpathians, rightfully called the “Polish Alps”—Zakopane is Poland’s leading mountain resort. In the Pieniny range, the stunning Dunajec Gorge is one of Poland’s most popular sites. The Bieszczady range, in the far south of Poland
, is a must for hikers who want to experience an off-the-beaten-path corner of the country. Wherever you travel, you’ll find charming towns that are perfect bases when you want to explore the country’s national parks.