There’s a reason we named Montenegro one of the year’s emerging destinations. It takes up less space than Connecticut and has a lower population than Stockholm, but the tiny Balkan nation should not be overlooked—especially since it’s quieter and more untouched than neighbors Croatia and Greece. Here are 15 places that will convince you to visit: historic Old Towns, UNESCO-protected parks, lakes begging for a swim. Now start packing before everyone else starts to catch on.
This mausoleum, atop one of the highest peaks in Lovćen National Park, was completed in 1974 to house the remains of Montenegrin poet, philosopher, and icon Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Inside, visitors will find a 28-ton statue of Njegoš as well as his tomb; the site also has a 360-degree stone viewing circle from which you can see more than half of the entire country.