The Windy.app database contains tens of thousands of outdoor spots in 243 countries, where you can practice surfing, yachting, fishing, paragliding, and other sports.
To help you navigate through all this incredible diversity, in this post we have compiled the list of Windy.app’s top 15 countries by a number of spots — think outdoor centers of the world as chosen by our users.
No surprises, the leader of the list by a wide margin is the United States with 11,135 outdoor spots. It leads the way thanks to its large size (4th in the world after Russia, Canada and China), diverse landscapes and natural areas from mountains and deserts to waterfalls and oceans, and developed tourist infrastructure with lots of services.
Therefore, without exaggeration, you can get engaged in absolutely every possible sport, but the greater fame of the United States brought national parks and trails for hiking and biking, endless beaches of California and Hawaii for surfing with the world’s biggest waves, and maybe some fishing spots on the coast of Alaska or its deepest wood lakes.
Find out what countries are catching up with the US as if they were telling about their major destinations and spots themselves. For this purpose, we have quoted their official travel sites.
Enoshima, Japan weather forecast. Jo Sorgenfri / Unsplash
“From the great white north to the sub-tropical south — and everywhere in between.” — Japan.travel
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Lo Stagnone, Italy weather forecast. Kristine Tanne / Unsplash
“Landscapes that will take your breath away, rich history, and delicious food, your trip to Italy will be nothing short of unforgettable. Get ready to explore beautiful destinations, learn about ancient cultures and savor the most loved cuisine in the world. History, art, sport, relaxation, well-being, and above all food for the body and soul. Italy is the ideal country in which to relax and recharge, without sacrificing any fun.” — Italia.it
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Zone De kite, Almanarre, France weather forecast. Ilnur Kalimullin / Unsplash
“Which part of France will you be exploring today? From Alpes-Mont Blanc to Normandy, Provence to the Loire Valley, and Paris to Tahiti, over 30 destinations await discovery. Visit amazing cultural attractions, hike in the mountains, take a romantic tour on a wine route or enjoy a family cruise. What will this year’s French holiday bring?” — France.fr
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Toronto Islands, Canada weather forecast. Daniel Baylis / Unsplash
“America has states, Canada has provinces and territories. Same idea, only bigger. Explore Canada from the highest tides to the brightest hearts, iconic mountains to spectacular wildlife, there’s a Canadian travel itinerary that’s right for you.” — Canada.travel
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Tarifa, Spain weather forecast. Dimitry B / Unsplash
“Great cities that are famous all over the world, inland destinations steeped in charm, maritime towns to enjoy activities by the sea, a host of places to explore... Come and discover Spain!” — Spain.info
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London, United Kingdom weather forecast. Fawaz Buqammaz / Unsplash
“Travel to the four nations that make up Great Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Each has its distinctive characters, regions, customs, foods and of course, accents!
Walk among the rolling green hills and dramatic coastlines of the South West of England, sample cider in Somerset, or see Premier League games in Liverpool and Manchester, two of Britain’s most football-mad cities. View London’s iconic skyline from the top of Tower Bridge, and visit Britain’s impressive collections of art and antiquities at the city’s world-class museums.”
Hunt for the Loch Ness monster in the Scottish Highlands and sample haggis and fine whisky in Edinburgh’s restaurants.
Visit the historic castles and ancient forests of Wales, try your hand at all kinds of adventurous sports, from ziplining to coasteering, or discover the pace and energy of its capital Cardiff.
In Northern Ireland, explore the magical Glens of Antrim and the Giant’s Causeway." — Visitbritain.com
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St. Peter-Ording, Germany weather forecast. Kanan Khasmammadov / Unsplash
“Hiking, biking or simply taking in wonderful views. With so many different natural highlights, Germany has a surprise around every corner.
From the mainland right up to the islands, there are amazing cultural and natural landscapes scattered throughout Germany. Many of them won’t be found anywhere else on Earth, are tremendously beautiful, and are worth exploring all year round. They can also be reached by bus and train.” — Germany.travel
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Shanghai, China weather forecast. Jennifer Chen / Unsplash
“The terrain of China is high in the west and low in the east. Mountains, plateaus, and hills take up about 67% of the land area.
Most of the mountains run from east to west or northeast to southwest, including the Altai, Tianshan, Kunlun, Karakoram, Himalayas, Yinshan, Qinling, Nanling, Daxinganling, Changbai, Taihang, Wuyi, and Hengduan. The Qinghai-Xizang Plateau in the west is the largest plateau in the world, it is known as the ‘Roof of the World’, with an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters. Mount Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in English, is the highest peak in the world at 8,844.43 meters above sea level.
The rest 33% of the land in China is basins and plains.” — Travelchina.org.cn
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Sydney, Australia weather forecast. Australia Laura Cros / Unsplash
“Don’t go small, go Australia. You’re invited to explore Australia’s spacious landscapes from the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef to radiant Uluru in the Red Centre, with endless natural beauty and laid-back culture. It’s time to think big for your next adventure Down Under.” — Australia.com
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Florianopolis, Brazil weather forecast. F Cary Snyder / Unsplash
“With its unique cuisine, rich culture, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, breathtaking waterfalls, and adventure for everyone’s liking, all you have to do is choose the perfect type of tourism for you and be amazed by the wonders of Brazil.” — Visitbrasil.com
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Athens, Greece weather forecast. Jonathan Gallegos / Unsplash
“The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture across the ages.
The country includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Greek Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. The Greek coastline offers a diverse landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches, sand dunes, pebble beaches, wetlands and deltas, caves formed by seawater, and dark-colored sand in volcanic areas.
But Greece is a popular destination not only because of its amazing islands but also because the mainland offers plenty of options for a memorable Mediterranean holiday! Explore unspoiled fishing villages full of tranquil charm, tower towns, and traditional stone-built villages, or try the exciting city breaks on offer. Visit archaeological sites, learn more about the country’s fascinating culture, travel along the spectacular coastline, and enjoy its picture-perfect scenery!” — Visitgreece.gr
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Alacati, Turkey weather forecast. Mar Cerdeira / Unsplash
“The Maiden’s Tower, Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, or Sumela Monastery? There are so many places to see in Türkiye! Traveling in these magical lands, you will wish your trip could go on forever! Türkiye is home to infinite locations that are beyond your wildest dreams! Full of ancient sites, unique beauty, and unparalleled destinations, visiting Türkiye is an unforgettable experience.” — Goturkiye.com
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Brouwersdam, Netherlands weather forecast. Michal Soukup / Unsplash
“If you think of the Netherlands, flowers, windmills, and wooden shoes come to mind — but Holland has so much more to offer!
Enjoy the bracing wind with a beach walk along the Dutch coast or a cycling tour of the Veluwe. Experience the welcoming hospitality of North Brabant and Limburg, the authentic charm of our Hanseatic cities and the Achterhoek in eastern Holland, and the freedom of the provinces of Friesland and Groningen with their wide horizons. Discover how the Dutch battle against the water in Flevoland, our newest province, and immerse yourself in Dutch culture in the modern metropolises, historic cities, and picturesque villages in the west of the Netherlands.
And best of all, you do not have to choose because all this and much more is within a two-hour travel distance.” — Holland.com
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Seoul, South Korea weather forecast. Rawkkim / Unsplash
Among the 100 must-visit tourist spots in South Korea, there are many places located in nature. Here are just a few examples...
Yeongjongdo Island’s 45 km-long coastal road that circles the island is beloved by cyclists for its gentle and flat slope.
Incheon’s Sorae Port is a quick and lovely destination for a day trip from Seoul. Deep and blue seas, fishing boats’ lights illuminating the waves, seagulls, the lively sound of the fish market, and fresh seafood present an idyllic picture of a bustling port.
Seoraksan National Park is home to 30 famous peaks like Socheongbong, Hwachaebong, and the renowned Daecheongbong peak. More than 10 trails take the visitors through the mountain, offering a range of choice in difficulty and duration" — Visitkorea.or.kr
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Text: Ivan Kuznetsov
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