Over 70 days, 8,000 people will carry the Olympic torch through more than 1,000 places across the UK. Take a tour of some of the towns that will greet the torch before the games kick off in London.
Located in Cornwall, Land's End will be the first overnight stop for the Olympic torch. The small settlement sits atop rocky cliffs in the most southwestern corner of England.
On May 25, the torch will spend the night in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The Wales Millennium Centre greets visitors with an inscription that reads, "In These Stones Horizons Sing," and in Welsh words that translate as, "Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration."
The coastal town of Aberystwyth will have an evening celebration for the torch on May 27. Considered the cultural capital of Wales, it is also home to the ruins of the 12th-century Aberystwyth castle ruins.
On May 28, the torch will stop in Bangor, one of the smallest cities in the UK and home to Penrhyn Castle, which overlooks the Snowdonia Mountains.
On June 13, the torch will hop over to Scotland for a stop in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh. Overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle reminds visitors of Scotland's historical roots.
Alnwick Castle will welcome the torch on June 14. Guarded by stone-carved lions, the castle in the Northumberland region dates back to the 11th century, although it's more commonly known for its role as the Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter films.
The torch will arrive at Bowness-on-Windermere, home to England's largest natural lake, on June 21. The secluded town in the heart of the Lake District has been a tourist attraction since the Victorian era, drawing visitors with its watersports and scenic views.
These stained glass windows can be found inside Coventry Cathedral in the ancient city of Coventry, which will welcome the torch on July 1. The cathedral that stands today was built 50 years ago next to the ruins of the old cathedral, symbolizing the revival of the city after the Blitz bombing raids of World War II.
On July 9, the torch will come to Oxford where the Radcliffe Camera, or "Rad Cam" as it is commonly called, has been standing since 1749. The circular science library is an iconic landmark in this culturally diverse region.
The torch will pass through the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset on July 12. Together with the town of Portland, Weymouth will host the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
The torch will pass through the region of Jersey on July 15. Part of the Channel Islands, the area is a popular destination for athletes, with picturesque beaches and 100 miles of bike trails.
Hastings Old Town will celebrate the arrival of the torch on July 17. Full of history with its half-timbered houses and narrow streets (called "twittens" by the locals), Old Town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.