57 days in Europe, South Pacific, United States & Canada Itinerary

57 days in Europe, South Pacific, United States & Canada Itinerary

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River, Australia
— 3 nights
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Fremantle, Australia
— 3 nights
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Ballarat, Australia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Melbourne International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara, United States
— 3 nights
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Victoria, Canada
— 3 nights
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Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly to Toronto, Train to Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls, United States
— 3 nights
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Drive to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Telford
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Telford, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Stavanger, Norway
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Beaune, France
— 3 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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St. Gallen, Switzerland

— 1 night
The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Naturmuseum St Gallen, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurenzen, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pfalzkeller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Broderbrunnen, get to know the fascinating history of Bleicheli Stadtlounge, see the interesting displays at Textile Museum St.Gallen, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and finally look for gifts at Flauderei.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Gallen vacation builder tool.

Kaprun, Austria to St. Gallen is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In September, daytime highs in St. Gallen are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in St. Gallen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Germany

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Appreciate the collections at StadtPalais – Museum fur Stuttgart and Weissenhofmuseum im Haus Le Corbusier. Get a sense of the local culture at Haus Der Geschichte Baden-Wurttemberg and Hegel-Haus. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Haus der Musik - Fruchtkasten am Schillerplatz, walk around Schillerplatz, admire the landmark architecture of Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross (Stiftskirche), and make a trip to Feuerseeplatz.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Stuttgart online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from St. Gallen to Stuttgart takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Dresden, Germany

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
The Dresden Zwinger and Neues Grünes Gewölbe will appeal to museum buffs. Frauenkirche Dresden and Stadtkirche St. Marien will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Leipzig (Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, make a trip to Procession of Princes, and admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip planner.

Getting from Stuttgart to Dresden by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, make a trip to The Ghetto Heroes Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), get a new perspective on nature at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Margaret River, Australia

— 3 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave. Explore hidden gems such as Jewel Cave and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Water wheel (in Augusta) and St George's Anglican Parish of Dunsborough (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Brookland Valley Vineyard, head outdoors with The Horse Resort - Horse Riding Center, and identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River online vacation maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Krakow to Margaret River in 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Krakow to Margaret River. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fremantle.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fremantle, Australia

— 3 nights
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of WA Shipwrecks Museum, see the interesting displays at WA Maritime Museum, and then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fremantle trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Margaret River to Fremantle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Fremantle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Australia

— 3 nights

The Golden City

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Explore hidden gems such as Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Appreciate the collections at Bendigo Art Gallery and Living Arts Space. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (in Bendigo) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree and ride a horse along Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ballarat day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Fremantle to Ballarat takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Fremantle to Ballarat. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fremantle in September: highs in Ballarat hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, United States

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Leadbetter Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Ballarat to Santa Barbara with the Route module. Traveling from Ballarat to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ballarat in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Barbara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Victoria, Canada

— 3 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Miniature World and Royal BC Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Inner Harbour and Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, see the interesting displays at Costume Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Beacon Hill Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Victoria day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Victoria in 20.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, things will get a bit cooler in Victoria: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Vancouver, Canada

— 4 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Vancouver Seawall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vancouver Downtown and Vallea Lumina. Explore Vancouver's surroundings by going to Shannon Falls Provincial Park (in Squamish) and Whistler (Whistler Blackcomb & Whistler Village Sports). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along English Bay and take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Vancouver trip planner.

Getting from Victoria to Vancouver by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, United States

— 3 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and then Head underground at Cave of the Winds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Canalside and then get in on the family fun at Fantasy Island.

Find out how to plan Niagara Falls trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Vancouver to Niagara Falls by combination of flight and train takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Niagara Falls. When traveling from Vancouver in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Niagara Falls, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Telford.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Telford, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Telford is a large new town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, about 13mi east of Shrewsbury, and 30mi north west of Birmingham. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blists Hill Victorian Town and The British Ironwork Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and Ludlow Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Stokesay Castle in Ludlow (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Shrewsbury Prison, take in nature's colorful creations at Attingham Park, and stroll around The Quarry.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Telford trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niagara Falls to Telford. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Telford due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Niagara Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Telford, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Doncaster.

Things to do in Telford

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Doncaster, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Doncaster, is a large market town in South Yorkshire, England. On the 8th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife And Falconry Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael & All Angels, Brodsworth, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): experience rural life at Shepherds Place Farm and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Doncaster trip tool.

Drive from Telford to Doncaster in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Doncaster can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Doncaster

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stavanger, Norway

— 3 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Stavanger and Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Get outdoors at Lysefjord and Boraunen Boulder. When in Stavanger, make a side trip to see Landa Park in Forsand Municipality, approximately Forsand Municipality away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vistnestunet Gardsmuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Helleristninger (petroglyphs) Austre Amoy, explore the world behind art at Reidar Berge museet, and appreciate the history behind Sverd i fjell.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Stavanger holiday site.

You can fly from Doncaster to Stavanger in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doncaster to Stavanger. While traveling from Doncaster, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Stavanger, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Stavanger

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

La Rochelle, France

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Take a break from the city and head to Vieux Port and Plage de Chatelaillon. Phare des Baleines and Eglise Saint-Pierre will appeal to history buffs. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re (in Saint Martin de Re), Le phare de chassiron (in Saint-Denis d'Oleron) and Reserve Naturelle du Marais d'Yves (in Yves). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Stavanger to La Rochelle takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Stavanger in October: high temperatures in La Rochelle hover around 21°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Grande Dune du Pilat and Place de la Bourse. Popular historic sites such as St. Andre Cathedral and La ville d'Hiver are in your itinerary. When in Bordeaux, make a side trip to see Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion in Saint-Emilion, approximately Saint-Emilion away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror and ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bordeaux, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Roman Theatre of Orange. Visiting Le Sentier des Ocres and Parc National des Calanques will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Beaune.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Beaune, France

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. Basilique Sainte Madeleine and Museum of Avallon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaune: Eglise Saint-Hilaire (in Bazoches), Dijon (Place de la Liberation & Owl's Trail) and Musee Municipal (in Semur-en-Auxois). There's more to do: make a trip to La Citadelle de Besancon and get to know the fascinating history of Place Courbet.

Planning Beaune trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Marseille to Beaune by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in October, with highs in Beaune at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 1 night
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Geeraard de Duivelsteen (The Castle of Gerald the Devil), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Baafsabdij, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Jacobskerk, and finally contemplate the long history of Het Groot Vleeshuis.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ghent road trip planning site.

You can drive from Beaune to Ghent in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Ghent, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Shopping

Canton of St. Gallen travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Thermal Spas · Zoos
Defined by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803, the Canton of St. Gallen connects Switzerland to Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein at its borders. The region serves as a hub for culture and education in Europe, and is home to two World Heritage Sites: the Abbey of St. Gall, with its Baroque cathedral and vast library, and the thrust fault formation in the Alps. The university puts special emphasis on economic science, which complements the canton's prevalent industries of optical goods, pyrotechnics, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Stroll through the Old Town of the regional capital, St. Gallen, browse the handsome boutiques, or pull up a chair at a quaint cafe. Tourist attractions include thermal spas, water parks, museums, and winter sports facilities aplenty.

Baden-Wurttemberg travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Theme Parks · Castles
Baden-Wurttemberg is one of Germany's most popular vacation destinations. After all, who wouldn't be entranced by pristine natural habitats, rich culture, a multitude of mineral spas, and plenty of sunshine all year long? Most of this region is covered by the famed Black Forest. This spot's rugged peaks, glittering lakes, and well-maintained trails draw hikers, cyclists, and swimmers from around the globe. Located in the southern section of the country, Baden-Wurttemberg shares many of its traditions with its German-speaking neighbors in France, Switzerland, and Austria. Far more bucolic than the central and northern parts of the country, the area nevertheless offers a wealth of urban pleasures and tourist attractions. It features several large cities, most notably Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Be sure to include Baden-Baden on your itinerary as well, as its spas have been soothing weary travelers since Roman times.

Saxony travel guide

4.6
Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.

Lesser Poland Province travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · History Museums
Taking its name from the larger historical region, Lesser Poland Province, or voivodeship, is often seen as the hub of all things Polish. The provincial capital Krakow offers up nearly a millennium's worth of royal and political history. Beyond Krakow, be sure to include historical cities Zakopane, Krynica, Koscielisko, and Bukowina Tatrzanska in your holiday itinerary. The mostly hilly province is full of national parks, high mountain ranges, underground waters and spas, medieval castles, and cultural museums. Dozens of World Heritage Sites are spread throughout the province, from medieval wooden churches and the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine to Wawel castle in Krakow and the monastery of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.

Western Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Geologic Formations
Western Australia's almost 12,000 km (7,450 mi) of coastline is broken up only by oasis-like towns and cities. Most of the state, however, is an arid region of mostly uninhabited, infertile land with an untamed physical aesthetic. The harsh climate cultivates a laid-back lifestyle centered on the coast’s shaded enclaves and picturesque beaches. Australia’s largest state, with an area of 2.65 million sq km (1 million sq mi), Western Australia contains over a third of the country’s landmass but just 11 percent of its population.

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.

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.

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.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Shropshire travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos
Considered one of England's most unspoiled counties, Shropshire is both easy to reach from almost anywhere in the country and far enough from the big urban centers to have stayed relatively unchanged over the last few decades. A laid-back atmosphere pervades local life, attracting visitors eager to escape the overcrowded tourist sites of the more frequented regions. The locals take pride in their modern food culture, which is centered around trendy restaurants serving dishes prepared with some of the finest organic ingredients available in the country. Renowned for its local ales, the county leads the way in the home-brew revival, with a multitude of small traditional pubs, inns, and microbreweries.

South Yorkshire travel guide

4.3
Zoos · Gardens · Entertainment Centers
Largely hilly and completely landlocked, South Yorkshire was once known as the industrial heartland of northern England. Having reinvented itself in the last few decades, the region is now noted for exceptional shopping options, family tourist attractions, and a vibrant nightlife. Passionate about music, sports, and art, the locals are always quick to point out that their region contains some of the country’s finest museums and Victorian monuments. When you visit South Yorkshire, be sure not to limit your itinerary to Sheffield, a city famous for its steel industry. Escape the urban crowds on a tour through the region’s lush meadows, rolling hills, and leafy forests, either on foot or by bicycle.

Rogaland travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Historic Sites · Valleys
Located at the southwest tip of Norway, Rogaland is a region famous for its history and industry. Inhabited since prehistoric times, it is also the cradle of Norwegian statehood and the starting point of many Viking raids during the Middle Ages. Nowadays this busy area is the center of Norway's petroleum production and one of country's main agricultural and mining regions. However, the region's wealth of unique natural attractions, including scenic fjords, islands, and beaches, make it a perfect destination for hiking, cycling, fishing, cross-country skiing, and even surfing. Culture vultures will appreciate the abundance of museums celebrating local history and traditions, as well as the art festivals and performances that the region regularly hosts. Stavanger, Rogaland’s largest city, is a bustling urban center with many tourist attractions, exciting nightlife, and a selection of places where you can try the specialties of the local cuisine.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Castles

East Flanders Province travel guide

4
Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Although the province of East Flanders boasts a scenic countryside of rustic villages and dense woodlands, its most-visited attraction remains the medieval city of Ghent. The beating heart of the province, the city offers a vigorous cultural scene, rich architectural heritage, and some of Belgium's finest museums. Other notable places to visit include the lesser-known towns scattered along the banks of the river Schelde, including Sint-Niklaas, home to the largest market square in the country. Instead of spending your entire holiday in a single city, use Ghent as your base and spend time exploring the region's extensive network of sign-posted cycling routes; it's one of the longest such networks in Europe.