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The United Kingdom (UK) and the British Empire was one of the world’s great colonial powers, and ultimately superpowers, for centuries. Collectively comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, its sphere of influence was vast and impressive. From its homeland in England, to outposts in America, The Caribbean, India and Africa, the U.K. ruled supreme. These days, the scope of the UK is more limited, but it is still an incredible place to visit.

Visitors are drawn to Scotland’s castles, the birthplace of golf and the impressive Scottish highlands. The rough and independent spirit is pervasive through Wales and along its storied coastline. Northern Ireland’s complicated history of the Troubles makes for an interesting educational experience (not to mention its incredible whiskey). And mother England with its many historical sites, makes any U.K. visit complete. From the Tower of London to the Dark Hedges, the UK is a great destination. Here are some articles on our favorites.