Be sure to see the ceiling mural that depicts a wedding party attended by the melting pot of Soviet nationalities. Issyk Kul Welcome to the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world! Even though it is surrounded by mountains, the lake never freezes because it is fed by underground hot springs. During Soviet times, this was one of the most popular places to vacation and over the years it has bounced back. There are many options to spend your time, whether its in a yurt or a hotel.
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Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves — National Geographic
Douro Valley, Portugal http://www.dourovalley.eu/en/ Autumn transforms the Douro River Valley, which slices across northern Portugal , into a sea of red, orange, and yellow as the terraced vineyards that slope along the riverbanks prepare for winter. Take a cruise along the 125-mile (200 km) waterway, fortifying yourself against the autumn chill with a glass of the regions famed local port. Bavaria, Germany http://www.romanticroad.com Southern Germany is saturated with Alpine forests that pop with color against snow-dusted mountains. Meander along the 224-mile (360 km) Romantic Road, beginning in the Franconia wine regionwhere local wine festivals punctuate the autumn calendarand heading south through centuries-old towns such as medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbuhl. Crowded with tourists in summer, fall offers more relaxed tempos for leaf-peeping. Transylvania, Romania http://www.romaniatourism.com Autumn breaks Count Draculas spell in Transylvania, a place steeped in legend and imagery of sepia-toned medieval castles and hazy moonlight. Challenge yourself on the Transfagarasan, a 56-mile (90 km) drive through the Fagaras Mountains full of 90-degree turns, hairpin curves, and spectacular vistas of autumns finest foliage.
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