The town is small enough to be explored on foot..
- 1 Kalnamuiža. Smiltene manor house. The estate also features the ruins of a Livonian Order castle and a cheesery built in 1763.
- 2 Ruins of Smiltene castle (Smiltenes pilsēta).
- 3 Lazdukalns (Hazel Hill) Sight Tower, Parka iela 8. This 19 m high platform offers a beautiful panorama over the town and surrounding countryside
- Swim in Lake "Niedrājs"
- Cross-country skiing around this lake in winter, where there are pine woods and a Nordic feeling.
- There are some bicycle rental places and routes in neighbouring forests.
- 1 "Donas" farm and bakery, Smiltene district, Blome parish, ☏ , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are available by prior reservation. Visitors can learn about the bread-making process and even bake their own bread to take home with them. A fee is charged for tours (€7, but may vary depending on chosen activities).
- Cēsis – One of the country's oldest towns. It has an impressive castle complex of Livonian Order origin, a charming city centre with some cobblestoned streets, and historic wooden buildings.
- Valmiera – Features the only professional theatre in the region.
- Seda – Founded in 1953 in an uninhabited area, it still embodies the pomp of Communist and Stalinist shock-work aka architecture. Nearby a vast man-made peat bogs nature area can be found, and is not to be missed. Both occurrences are historically tied to each other.
- Alūksne or Gulbene – The start and destination of the only narrow gauge railway in the Baltics. Alūksne is located at the picturesque Lake Alūksne.
- Cesvaine – This nearby village of is home to the Cesvaine Palace and ruins of medieval castles.
- Madona – A scenic town surrounded by hills, forests and lakes, and a winter sports centre.