Latvia is the underexplored gem of Eastern Europe. Despite its small size, the country has more than enough pristine nature to go around. Unspoiled forests and lakes cover Latvia, making it the perfect place to explore on foot or bicycle. Apart from Latvia’s breathtaking natural beauty, the main cosmopolitan city of Riga is a lively capital full of art, history, and culture.

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Start your Latvian adventure in the stunning capital city Riga. Begin your tour in Old Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk along cobblestone streets, climb to the top of St. Peter’s Church, stop in one of the many museums, and pick up some souvenirs from one of the local craft shops. Outside of Old Town, there’s the stunning Art Nouveau District, awesome traditional markets, and amazing restaurants serving up local cuisine. Don't forget to head into a bar while you’re sightseeing to sample the traditional- and very alcoholic - Riga Black Balsam.

People and Riga Dome at dusk, Latvia. LeoPatrizi / Getty Images