Twenty-five kilometers to the south of Ankara on Konya road is Golbasi Lake, a popular place to visit for its attractive scenery and its fine restaurants on the lakeside. Incek,15 km southwest of Ankara, is a favorite rest area for Ankara residents, with its lovely fruit trees, green areas and picnic sites. A favorite place for picnics is Karagol Lake, 68 km north of the city on the airport road,where one should take the turnoff for the town of Cubuk.
The three dams around the city, Cubuk (15km on the Cankiri Highway), Kurtbogazi (50 km on the Istanbul Highway) and Bayindir (15 km on the Kirikkale Highway) are pleasant places to visit for swimming and picnicking. There are also restaurants, and at Bayindir, good camping facilities.
Walkers will delight in exploring the three main forests around Ankara. South of the city, on Kirsehir Highway (54 km), is the Beynam Forest;while to the north, on Istanbul Highway (82 km), is Kizilcahamam Soguksu National Park and further, in the same direction (110 km), is the Camkoru Forest. All are delightful retreats from the clamor of the city, and each provides many lovely places for picnics.
Elmadag Mountain (1,855 meters) Some 23 km. from Ankara, Elmadag Mountain can be seen from most parts of the city. The first snowfall on the mountain heralds the start of winter and the beginning of skiing and winter sports at the pleasant resort center to be found here.
In the province of Ankara there are four thermal centers: Kizilcahamam Kaplica (80 km), Haymana Kaplica (72 km), Ayas Kaplica (57 km),and Dutlu Kaplica (85 km). All offer comfortable facilities in which to soak away your cares. The thermal baths have beneficial properties and are,of course, altogether pleasurable.