Slovenia's most beautiful spots – For a country smaller than New Jersey, Slovenia boasts a frankly ridiculous diversity in landscapes. Clinging to vertiginous cliffs in this picture is the 11th-century Bled Castle. It's flanked by the snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps.
Lake Bled – The Romanesque tower and church on the rock in the middle of the emerald-green Lake Bled is a real showstopper.
Skocjan Caves – The limestone Skocjan Caves are Europe's largest underground gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than six kilometers of underground lakes, waterfalls and natural bridges.
Classical Karst – The caves sit inside Skocjan Caves Regional Park in the Classical Karst region.
Ljubljana – Slovenia's postcard-like capital Ljubljana is the starting point for most visits.
Triglav National Park – Triglav National Park is known for breathtaking views of aquamarine waters and rapids running through limestone gorges.
Lipica horses – Lipizzaner horses are one of Slovenia's most well-known exports.
Brda – Surrounded by rolling hills in southwest Slovenia, Brda is dotted with orchards, vineyards and olive groves.
Smartno – The medieval village of Smartno is a big draw, not least for the views that can stretch from Slovenia's highest snow-capped peaks all the way to the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Glorious food – In the summer months, up to 40 of the country's best chefs and food gurus gather in an al fresco venue to dish up delicious foods for the weekly Odprta Kuhna or Open Kitchen event.
Orange wine – Slovenia's orange wine -- in a range of colors from pinkish to amber -- is currently one of the most sought-after bottles on the global market.
Green capital – Slovenia's capital Ljubljana was named European Green Capital 2016, thanks in part to its wise decision to ban cars from most of the city center.