Walking Among the Enigmatic Monoliths of Carnac in Brittany, France
Can we be honest here? Some megaliths look like nothing more than a pile of rocks. Not Carnac. Here, just a stone's throw from the beautiful coast of Brittany you'll find row after row of prehistoric standing stones from 3300 B.C.—in perfect alignment—a mind-boggling 3000 menhirs in all. A local legend tackles the enigma of the stones creatively: they are a petrified legion of warriors frozen in place by the wizard Merlin. Some of the lines break rank and march right into the misty woods. You should, too, as there are countless tombs, mounds, dolmens, and other sites to explore in the surrounding countryside and coastline. During the off-season, you can visit the main site at Carnac blissfully unencumbered. From April to October, you'll need an appointment.