Amesbury, Wiltshire County, England
One of LIFE’s editors' official Wonders of the World, Stonehenge is a must-see. Surprisingly, this internationally renowned site is in the middle of nowhere, but that hasn’t stopped flocks of tourists from visiting these mystifying ruins. There’s still so much that’s unknown about Stonehenge (who built it? when? why?), but maybe that’s part of the appeal.
Where to stay: When in England, staying at a cute B&B is a no-brainer, so make your reservation at The Dovecot Bed-and-Breakfast. This homey B&B offers a hot English breakfast every morning. It’s just three miles from Stonehenge, so getting an early start is no problem (from around $114 a night).
What to eat: Charter 1227 Restaurant (formerly Harper’s) is a great stop for traditional English and international cuisine. Very reasonably priced, big portions make this the perfect spot for a budget-friendly lunch or dinner. The pan-roasted duck gets rave reviews.
-- Need a little exercise? Stop by Hayball Cyclesport to rent a bike and break a sweat on your way to Stonehenge. It’s a great way to tour the gorgeous English countryside (+44 01722 411 378).
-- Another worthwhile stop in Wiltshire County is Salisbury Cathedral. Climb up England’s tallest steeple and explore the interior or this 750-year-old church.
-- Toast your mate with a pint or two of local ale at the quaint Wig and Quill, also in Salisbury. In the summertime, people-watch as you sit in their garden, or cozy up next to the fireplace if you’re visiting in cooler months.
Wonders of the World, by the editors of LIFE magazine, 2009.
Photo: Dmitri Kessel