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Istanbul is quickly becoming a major player in world tourism, even gaining the nickname "World's Hippest City." Fashion has infiltrated the streets as boutiques and high-end clubs have become the norm.  
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Istanbul is a dynamic city with intricate and historic buildings right across the street from modernly designed art galleries and museums.  
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Deep in the heart of the Anatolian plateau, 450 miles from Istanbul and lorded over by two towering extinct volcanoes, lies the sere (but oddly fertile) moonscape of Cappadocia.  
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Eroded over thousands of millennia into curious and surreal rock formations, these ancient subterranean cities draw a mighty crowd, especially into the Cappadocian Valley around Ürgüp and Göreme. But those who eschew the beaten path can still build a full itinerary around the little-visited alternative rock-cut attractions.  
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Underground cities and churches were once built by Christians who hid in the area to avoid persecution and Arab raids. The crater-filled and rugged setting is often compared to the surface of the moon. Get a bird's-eye view of this beautiful combination of nature and history in a hot-air balloon ride, one of the more popular ways to explore the region.  
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The landscape of Turkey makes for an adventurer's wonderland. There's plenty of space—as much as France and Spain combined—and here you can strike out along long-distance footpaths, paraglide from mountain plateaus, trot through hidden valleys dotted with medieval churches, or be up with the lark to watch the sun rise over ancient stone sculptures on a mountaintop.  
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Once a one-eye-open fishing village adjacent the blue waters of Turkey's Lycian coast, Marmaris is now a city that draws thousands of tourists each year.  
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Standing guard behind the port-side community is a dense thicket of pine-covered hills, picturesque villages, and the ruins of ancient cities. But Marmaris' real moxie comes from its nightlife, a mix of laid-back beach bars, warehouse nightclubs, and pinky-poking wine lounges. Day or night, the appropriately named Bar Street is where you'll find the party.  
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Down the coast, closer to Cyprus, is the port-side community of Antalya. Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Turkish Riviera," Antalya is much like Marmaris with its lively beach and nightlife scene. The resort town is an attractive city, with an astounding selection of surrounding historical remains to explore.  
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Another popular beach community along the Mediterranean Coast is Bodrum, the largest and most established of Turkey's resort towns. Though one of the most developed, Bodrum has successfully hung on to much of its original charm.  
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