Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom

Cut deep into the westernmost point of Wales, Milford Haven has been an important safe harbor since the Middle Ages. The town was originally founded as a whaling port at end of the 18th century, and became a Royal Navy dockyard with twin fortresses later. Its economy has been a boom-and-bust cycle involving shipbuilding, fishing and more recently a terminal for the oil and liquid natural gas industries. The city historical museum is located in the 18th century Customs House building. Most visitors are attracted by the breathtaking vistas of cliffs, coastline and mountains that comprise the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, one of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful reserves.