Travelers who imagine Turkey to be nothing but barren steppes are surprised by its lush, humid and ubiquitously green Black Sea Coast. The Black Sea region smashes all stereotypes held about Turkey. Dense pine forests cover the mountain tops that force clouds coming inland to disgorge themselves thus creating a rainy and fertile realm. Due to this mountainous character, the region is less accessible than its Aegean and Mediterranean counterparts, but the sights make it certainly worthwhile. The eastern part of the region is the most visited with the city of Trabzon and neighboring Sumela as main events. West of Samsun the region becomes less accessible, but the cities of Amasra and Sinop are highlights that shouldn't be missed. One major drawback for the Black Sea region can be the sometimes unpredictable weather conditions. From June to August is the best traveling period here.