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3. Brecon Beacons, Wales

You’ve got to hand it to Wales, there’s nowhere quite like the Brecon Beacons National Park for outdoors adventures or just breathtaking scenery.It’s not the easiest of walks, but the Beacons Way is one heckuva 100-mile hike. Crossing the park, it covers the summits of Pen y Fan and Corn du, passes the Llanthony Abbey ruins, Iron Age hill fort at Crug Hywel and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canals. Phew! No fees.

4. Ranthambore, India

Wanna see tigers? Head to India’s Ranthambore, which is considered one of the most reliable places in the world to spot them in the wild.The park was once known as Tigers’ Paradise, as it was the private hunting ground for the kings of Jaipur. In recent years there have been problems with poachers, so numbers have dropped to around 22, which are closely monitored. Look out for Dollar (named for the $ mark on his flank) and Mala, considered the prettiest.

5. Fuji-Hakone-Izu, Japan

It’s no surprise that this national park is Japan’s most popular – not only is it close to Tokyo, but it also features the beloved 12,000ft, dormant volcano Mount Fuji.Unusually, the park is made up of a handful of separate tourist hotspots, including Mt Fuji itself, Fuji Five Lakes, Hakone, the Izu Peninsula, and the Izu Islands. Between that lot there are hot springs, lakes, beaches and more than 1000 volcanic islands. Entrance fees to the different sections vary.


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