56 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

56 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
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New York City, United States
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Derby, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Faversham, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Grote Markt. You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Frans Hals Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam vacation builder tool.

Brighton and Hove, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brighton and Hove to Amsterdam. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 6 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chamonix itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Fri), visit Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then admire the striking features of Church of St. Peter. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and then take a stroll through Niederdorf.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich holiday builder website.

Getting from Chamonix to Zurich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Do some cultural sightseeing at Topography of Terror and Potsdamer Platz. When in Berlin, make a side trip to see Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, approximately Dresden away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, make a trip to East Side Gallery, contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip website.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Opal Reef (in Port Douglas) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Cairns takes 24 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (in Katoomba), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hyde Park Barracks.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Francisco, United States

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at de Young Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Oakland California Temple (in Oakland) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Sydney to San Francisco in 17 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Angeles, United States

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and The Gamble House. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion and Park. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online attractions planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

New York City, United States

— 6 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to New York City is 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in New York City hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and National Museum of Scotland. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Edinburgh takes 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Derby.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Derby, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): go for a walk through The Hermitage, contemplate the long history of Kedleston Hall, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hopton Hall Holiday Cottages & Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Derby trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Derby takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Faversham.

Things to do in Derby

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Faversham, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Faversham is a market town and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at The Hawking Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Joe's Bows, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Kent Owl Academy, then test your team's savvy at TimeQuest: Live Escape Room, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Faversham online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Derby to Faversham in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Faversham can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to London.

Things to do in Faversham

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery and St. Paul's Cathedral. Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Berrylands Nature Reserve (in Surbiton), Imperial Bird of Prey Academy (in Billericay) and Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, and learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms.

Start your trip to London by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Faversham to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

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.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

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.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Derbyshire travel guide

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Historic Sites · Gardens · Caves
A large part of Derbyshire lies within the Peak District National Park, noted for being Britain’s first-ever national park. One of the most easily accessible parts of the country, an outstanding network of roads and rail lines intersects this region. Considered one of England’s top locations for outdoor holidays, Derbyshire boasts hundreds of fine hotels, restaurants, inns, self-catering cottages, and campsites. Though many hikers, cyclists, and climbers spend most of their time touring the stunning scenery of the famous national park, you can also find plenty of places to visit in the central Derbyshire region, known for containing the burial mounds of Neolithic settlers, dated to about 2500 BCE.

Kent travel guide

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Castles · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Garden of England
Located practically in London's backyard, Kent features a lush countryside dotted with thriving farms and fruitful orchards. Popularly known as the "Garden of England" due to its extensive agriculture, Kent has historically been the focal point for invasion attempts from Europe. In a fascinating reversal, the region is now a major embarkation point for tourism to mainland Europe. This area is also the beer heartland of England, with flourishing production of world-famous Kent hops, fine ales, and award-winning local wines, all of which are a must on your list of things to do here. The long coastline includes numerous beach towns and villages, many still retaining their Victorian charm. A holiday would not be complete without a visit to the pride of Kent, its celebrated Canterbury Cathedral, the most famous religious structure in England and a World Heritage Site.