When planning a trip to the UK from the US, London usually tops the list of must-visit spots. But the UK has so much more to offer — for instance, why not venture north and explore the picturesque county of Yorkshire? Locals call it ‘God’s own country’ and it offers a chance to experience authentic British charm and character.

With that in mind, here are some of the greatest places to visit in Yorkshire.

1. Bronte Country

A trip to the Bronte Country in West Yorkshire enables you to absorb the astounding beauty of the Yorkshire moors.

And those of you who enjoy history or literature should visit Haworth, because in this quaint little village, you can visit the former home of the Bronte sisters who penned classic British novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

To find out more about things to do in Bronte Country, check out the official website.

2. Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Yorkshire isn’t all hills and greenery and you can still experience the big city life in locations like Leeds.

It’s essentially a smaller, less crowded London. There’s still an array of things to do, but the difference is you’ll get a lot more done and navigating the city is less stressful.

If you’re a shopaholic, you can visit Trinity for high street brands and tasty snacks, but alternatively, if you’re craving a more luxe experience, hit up the Victoria Quarter.

There are some great museums for history buffs too, such as Thackeray Medical Museum and the Royal Armouries.

3. York (North Yorkshire)

York is an enchanting city steeped in 2,000 years’ worth of history — with cobbled streets, castles and dungeons, it attracts visitors from across the globe.

York’s picture-perfect streets are home to England’s largest cathedral, York Minster, fantastic museums such as the Jorvik Viking Centre, and great shops and restaurants.

To get the most of your trip to York, hop on the sight-seeing tour bus.

4. Whitby

Lovers of the sea should visit the charming seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire.

You can enjoy a walk along the coast, charming views from the harbour, and the delicious British favorite, fish ‘n’ chips.

The town features in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, so you’ll find lots of related activities on offer, such as the twice-yearly Goth Weekend.

Traveling to the UK

Yorkshire’s main airport is Leeds-Bradford, but if you can’t get flights there, the county is easily accessible from major airports such as Manchester.

The travel aspect of a holiday can be stressful, so to minimise this, consider driving to the airport — it provides a sense of freedom that public transportation can’t compete with.

Comparison site Looking4.com is a great place to find airport parking deals for US airports including Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles — find valet or park and ride options and book in plenty of time.

Yorkshire is a hugely diverse place with something to offer everyone, so on your next UK vacay, be sure to head up north.

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