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Slow down, you move too fast Akyaka One of Turkey’s newest Cittaslow members, this village on the Gokova Bay in the southwestern corner of the country is known for its crystalline seas, wetlands, pine forests, green mountains and wooden houses that represent traditional Mugla architecture. Halfeti Located in south-central Turkey, Halfeti was established by the Romans thousands of years ago. It is famous for its black roses, grown only in the region, as well as its unique caves and a thriving dining scene that includes restaurants overlooking the Euphrates. Göynük This town in the Black Sea region of southwest Turkey pays homage to its Ottoman roots through its architecture—mosques, hammams and hundreds of houses from the early 20th century. The town’s signature structure, the Victory Tower, overlooks the downtown area. COMMONS/NIGHTSTALLION03: Turkey is home to 14 towns that are part of the slow city tourism effort that is spearheaded by Cittaslow. The organization, which was founded in Italy and has close ties to the slow food movement, grants membership to destinations that meet requirements and goals focused on improving the quality of life by slowing down the overall pace of things. Here is a look at Akyaka, Halfeti and Göynük, three of Turkey’s most popular Cittaslow towns, each of which offers a chance for travelers to discover historical attractions in a more relaxed atmosphere: Halfeti For more information, visit goturkeytourism.com or call +1.212.687.2194. You never know what you’ll come across. So bring your group to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Come now. Fly into the sun. Laugh into the wind. Stop and hold hands while you stare off America’s highest suspension bridge. And we promise, you will all come across something brand new. For information about group tickets and sales, visit RoyalGorgeBridge.com. Open 365 days a year. 17-RGB-01932-D1_PRINT_ComeAcross_7x4.875_4C_FNL.indd 1 10/13/17 11:38 AM NTAonline.com 17