Explore gorgeous settings and ghostly tales.

Wales is home to more than 600 castles in fairy-tale landscapes. And if walls could talk, these picturesque fortresses would surely have stories to tell. Wales is reputed to be one of the most haunted countries in the world, and castle lore is full of spooky legends and ghostly tales -- making it a fun Halloween destination.

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Soak in the scenery with a hike or climb.

It's rare to find three national parks in a country the size of Massachusetts. Each offers unique landscapes and myriad adventures. Many consider climbing Mount Snowdon, the country's tallest mountain, a must-do activity. If you're not up for a trek, journey to the summit on Britain's only cog railway for amazing views.

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Tee up on a high-profile course of the pros.

One of the world's most prestigious golf events comes to Wales this year: the Ryder Cup (Oct. 1-3). After tournament crowds depart, tee up where the pros did -- a new course on the grounds of the luxurious Celtic Manor Resort. In fall, fewer crowds and crisp air make for excellent golfing at one of Wales' more than 200 courses.

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Celebrate King Arthur and Welsh storytelling.

The people of Wales like a good story. Legend has it that King Arthur was killed on Mount Snowdon and that Castell Dinas Bran is the final resting place of the Holy Grail. The country's rich literary legacy also includes celebrating the work of poet Dylan Thomas. Festivals honoring his work take place in the fall -- this year's occur Oct. 27 - Nov. 9.

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Take serene strolls along the rugged Welsh coast.

Explore the 750 miles of coastline in Wales. Take a walk or horseback ride along the beautiful beaches in South Wales. Or, follow the Pembrokeshire Coast from St. David's to Cardigan. This clifftop coastal trail boasts stunning scenery, tiny fishing villages, secluded coves -- and pubs aplenty.

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