Although train and bus connections can take you around this remarkable region, renting a car gives you the flexibility to plan your own itinerary around the Dalsland lakes or simply follow the coastal roads to see what hidden gems you can unearth away from the bustle of Gothenburg. Consider that after a 90-minute drive from the city, you can be dining in the restaurants of the charming summer town Smögen. A short drive north brings you to Fjällbacka, a quiet waterside community that inspired many of the hit crime novels of Camilla Läckberg. Extend your trip by driving north to Strömstad, from where you can take a passenger ferry to the car-free Koster islands. Rent a bicycle to fully explore the peaceful villages, ramshackle boathouses, and wild nature reserve before you return to real life.