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Sightseeing in Sweden usually starts in Stockholm, but one of the country's greatest attractions is its landscape. For one thing, there's just so much of it. Sweden is slightly larger than California but it has a population of just 9 million (California's is 37 million); a thousand miles separate the rolling fields and soft white beaches of Skåne (the southern tip) and the mountainous terrain of the Arctic Circle. Archipelagos on the west coast (easily reachable from Gothenburg) and the east coast (close to Stockholm) are ideal for exploring by boat. Many visitors take the half-hour flight (or three-hour ferry) from Stockholm to Gotland, an island in the middle of the Baltic Sea where you'll find some of Sweden's best beaches and a handful of excellent restaurants. Gotland's medieval walled town, Visby, is also one of Sweden's 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
While summer is the best time for a first visit to Sweden and autumn is reliably beautiful, don't rule out a winter trip—as long as you're prepared with warm clothing. The lakes freeze, snow blankets the forests, and the Swedes cheerfully race off to ski and skate their way across the vast, uncrowded landscape.