Heading to Europe This Summer? Here's How to Beat the Crowds

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Will Europe be overrun with American tourists this summer? Sure. Will you still find tranquility in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park? You bet. Read on for more off-the-radar suggestions for a great summer on the continent.

We've been pretty excited about the prospect of European travel this summer. But the Wall Street Journalis now reporting that the "perfect storm" is gathering for travelers to Europe. With the dollar 25 percent stronger against the euro than a year ago, new mega cruise ships carrying more passengers, great deals on airfare and hotels, and more travelers from Asia exploring Europe than ever before, the continent may be the most popular place on the planet between now and October. In fact, last weekend, the WSJ reports, the Palace of Versailles posted a request on its website that tourists "postpone your visit" if at all possible due to overcrowding.

Don't postpone your dream trip! We unblushingly suggest that BT's in-depth coverage is going to come in handy this summer. For stylish steals, locals-only advice, and some quirky off-the-radar destinations you've never heard of, check out:

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