Quora users share the best travel destinations you’ve never heard of; Katie Dowd; SF Gate

Uzbekistan – Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures

Explore new corners of the world – and get away from crowds – at these amazing travel locations.

Paris, New York, Tokyo. They’re all amazing vacation destinations, but sometimes (always?) it’s preferable to get away from the crowds.

With that in mind, users on the querying site Quora asked for “some of the best travel locations that most people have never heard of.” There are hundreds of replies on the thread, and the answers uncover a world of fascinating, underrated locales.

One unusual location suggested by user Julia Mathews is Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The stunning city of Samarkand is a gem of the ancient Silk Road, growing wealthy as a stop along the trade route between China and the Mediterranean.

By the late 1300s, Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s Central Asian empire, and he wanted to adorn it as such.

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