Each of the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, is of course a destination in its own right, but they also share similarities like location, landscape, and cultural heritage, so many travelers to the region choose to visit all three on the same trip. Their capitals each have a uniquely different character, from Tallinn’s beautifully-preserved medieval Old Town, to Riga’s Art Nouveau quarter with its splendid facades, to Vilnius’ stylish Baroque architecture.
Despite the lack of high mountains or hilly terrain, the Baltic states attract outdoorsy travelers with their extensive forests, scenic lakes and rivers, and rural charm. Each country has a network of well-maintained and marked trails. In Estonia, the Lahemaa National Park and the Muhu and Saaremaa islands are popular areas for walking and cycling. In Latvia, the Gauja National Park is excellent for walking and biking while in Lithuania, the Dzukija National Park has paths crisscrossing the woods and marshes, but also several traditional small villages and a medieval castle.