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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Riga

Gauja National Park

This enchanting national park is occasionally called the “Latvian Switzerland.” Look for elk and roe deer in the vast pine forests during the summer months or cross-country ski the picturesque paths during Winter. Sigulda is the parks’ gateway town.

31 miles northeast of Riga, www.walkingworld.com
Tags: outdoors | day trip | wildlife


Once the domain of visiting Kremlin officials, Jurmala is a pine-forested peninsula that is famous for its spas, beaches, and faded timbered houses.

16 miles northwest of Riga (take the train from Riga Central Station to Majori), 011-371-6714-7900, www.jurmala.lv
Tags: beach | family | architecture | day trip

Right Out There Excursions

Looking to work off all those sauerkrauts and dumplings? Right Out There offer a range of activities from bobsleighing and gun shooting to spa retreats and provincial sightseeing tours throughout Latvia.

, 011-52-371-6735-0227, www.out-there.eu
Tags: family | culture | tour | day trip

Rundale Palace

An hour and a half from Riga by car is the Rundale Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. Lose yourself among frescos and cherubs in 138 gilt-painted rooms.

49 miles south of Riga, district of Bauska, 011-371-396-2274, www.rundale.net
Tags: historic | architecture | day trip


Visit the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, famed for having the largest baroque quarter in Europe after Prague. The old quarter also contains a castle, a cathedral, and charming cobblestone streets.

192 miles southeast of Riga, 011-371-6721-4512, www.ecolines.net
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

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