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02Ala Archa National Park

For an exhilarating day in nature, visit Ala Archa National Park. This vast wonderland sits about 25 miles from the capital of Bishkek, and it's filled with glaciers, lush greenery, and amazing wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard. If you're up for some exercise and adventure, bring your skis along and hit the trails. The park also provides a great backdrop for picnicking and horseback riding.

The Ala Archa National Park of Kyrgyzstan - stock photo Omer Serkan Bakir / Getty Images