ASK MOST TOURISTS in Turkey where they’re headed, and they’ll likely say a resort somewhere on the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, or Black Seas. The country has 5,177 miles of coastline, and its beaches are without question some of the finest in the world. But Turkey is also home to mountains, lakes, and geological splendors that rival any setting of sun and sand.
Here’s a breakdown of the country’s different landscapes and the stunning natural areas they contain — so when someone asks you where you’re headed, you’ll raise a few eyebrows.
Central Anatolia — Cappadocia
Cappadocia is easily Turkey’s best-known natural beauty. The huge, conical “fairy chimneys” — formed as erosion slowly carves the soft, porous volcanic stone — give anyone in their presence the illusion of being on another planet.