55 days in Europe, Asia, Canada & United States Itinerary

55 days in Europe, Asia, Canada & United States Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Potsdam, Germany
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Rostock, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive to Berlin-Tegel Airport, Fly to Sheremetyevo International Airport
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Newark
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New York City, United States
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Cologne, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Jesuitenkirche and Haus zum Rech will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Landesmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, The Rosengart Collection, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary maker site.

Munich, Germany to Zurich is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Vatican Grottoes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Riserva Naturale Monte Catillo, Villa d'Este, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome trip tool.

Fly from Zurich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in June, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:

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Prague, Czech Republic

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague Astronomical Clock and The Vrtba Garden will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Prague in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in Prague hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Potsdam.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

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Potsdam, Germany

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
On the 18th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Bildergalerie, explore the historical opulence of Sanssouci Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Schloss Cecilienhof, and finally examine the collection at Gedenk- und Begegnungsstatte Leistikowstrasse.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Potsdam tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Prague to Potsdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rostock.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

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Rostock, Germany

Hanseatic City

Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster zum Heiligen Kreuz, admire the masterpieces at Das Kulturhistorische Museum, see the interesting displays at Stasi Pre-Trial Prison, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Marien Kirche, then admire the striking features of House Tree House, and finally make a trip to Alter Strom.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Rostock trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Potsdam to Rostock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rostock can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Rostock

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moscow travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Rostock to Moscow with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rostock to Moscow. In June, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Akihabara, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker.

Getting from Moscow to Tokyo by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Moscow to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Moscow in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

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Toronto, Canada

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
You'll explore and learn at Casa Loma and Royal Ontario Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Distillery District and St Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toronto: Niagara Falls (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Butterfly Conservatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hockey Hall of Fame and enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Toronto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Toronto takes 17.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Toronto, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Toronto hover around 27°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

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New York City, United States

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Visit Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Teatown Lake Reservation (in Ossining), Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, identify plant and animal life at Wolf Conservation Center, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City day trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 7:

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Paris, France

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Paris takes 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Atomium. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum & The Markt) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent City Center, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Delft (Nieuwe Kerk & Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles), Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar) and Haarlem (Museum Van de Geest & Grote Markt). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, tour on your own time with Self-Guided Tours & Rentals, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

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Cologne, Germany

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), and finally admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cologne holiday builder site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

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Trier, Germany

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Trier Amphitheater, delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trier driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Beaches · Castles
Claiming to be Germany's "must-sea" vacation destination, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania boasts nearly 2,000 km (1,243 mi) of coastline. Seaside resorts, sandy beaches, World Heritage-listed towns, and unspoiled natural areas are all within a seashell's throw. Take just a short drive from the Baltic Sea to start exploring one of continental Europe's largest unbroken areas of rivers and lakes. Deeper inland, the region's countryside is a colorful mosaic of small towns and sleepy villages. The surrounding rugged hills, sparkling lakes, and rivers were formed by glacial activity ages ago. A land rich in history and culture, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania contains more than 2,000 palaces, stately homes, and lavish gardens. Many now serve as venues for the state's array of things to do, including concerts, festivals, open-air operettas, and theatre performances. Rent a canoe to sail one of the region's countless lakes, or take a trip from the north of the state all the way to Berlin through the network of interconnected waterways.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.5
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.