With its endlessly green hills, dramatic cliffs, infectious music, and welcoming good nature, Ireland is hard to beat as a vacation destination. As St. Patrick's Day approaches, what better time to take a tour of Ireland's (and Northern Ireland's) best attractions, not to mention a few of their best kept secrets? Click on the links below to see our top picks. Plus, be sure tell us about your favorite places to visit in the Emerald Isle—we'll publish the best ones in an upcoming feature!
Consistently voted one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Dingle Peninsula wins the hearts of so many with its lush landscape, which includes narrow cliff-side roads, mountain ranges, and sandy beaches. Jutting 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's southwest coast, the peninsula offers unmatched sightseeing, surfing, swimming, and walking trails. The small market town and fishing port of Dingle provides a great place to listen to live music, grab a pint, and rest your head for the evening.
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