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

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

Created using Inspirock route planner

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Fly
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Drive
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Aspen
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Aspen, United States
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Calgary, Fly to Vancouver
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Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly
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Victoria, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly to Vancouver Harbour, Fly to Queenstown
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Baden
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Baden, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Beaune, France
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Sheffield, United Kingdom

Greenest City in England

A major industrial and cultural center, Sheffield is renowned for its green open spaces, art galleries, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Peak Cavern, contemplate the waterfront views at Ladybower Reservoir, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Holly Hagg Community farm.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sheffield trip itinerary planning site.

Granada, Spain to Sheffield is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Granada to Sheffield due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Granada in September, things will get slightly colder in Sheffield: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Llandudno.

Things to do in Sheffield

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Llandudno, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Gwaith Powdwr Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at Lloyd George Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, step into the grandiose world of Rhuddlan Castle, then contemplate the long history of Plas Mawr, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Llangelynin Old Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Llandudno trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Sheffield to Llandudno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Llandudno

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Aspen, United States

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: cruise along Independence Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Llandudno to Aspen. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Llandudno in September: highs in Aspen hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Los Angeles, United States

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Avila Adobe are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Museum of Tolerance. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip maker.

Getting from Aspen to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aspen to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Francisco, United States

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Fort Point will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Banff National Park, Canada

— 4 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Take a break from the city and head to Moraine Lake and Big Beehive. Explore Banff National Park's surroundings by going to Yoho National Park (Natural Bridge, Takakkaw Falls, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Plain of Six Glaciers, stroll through Sentinel Pass, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Banff National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Banff National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Banff National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Banff National Park is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Vancouver, Canada

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Granville Island and Museum of Anthropology. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kitsilano Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Stanley Park and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vancouver trip builder website.

Getting from Banff National Park to Vancouver by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Banff National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Vancouver: highs are around 22°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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 Royal BC Museum and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Popular historic sites such as Craigdarroch Castle and Inner Harbour are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, pick up some new knowledge with Carr House, explore the engaging exhibits at Miniature World, and trek along West Coast Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vancouver to Victoria by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peregrine Wines and Silver Fern Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Queenstown to go to Gibbston and see Kawarau Suspension Bridge, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and steep yourself in history at One Mile Power House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown online tour planner.

Fly from Victoria to Queenstown in 23 hours. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Victoria to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Trin Warren Tam-boore and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Aquinas' Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
Ngarru Gallery and Bones and Jones will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery are in your itinerary. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Get some historical perspective at Berliner Dom and Katholische Hofkirche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm (in Hinterhermsdorf) and Elbe Sandstone Mountains (in Bad Schandau). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, head outdoors with Schiffsanlegestelle Dresden, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rollon - Radtouren, and see the interesting displays at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Dresden road trip planning site.

Getting from Cairns to Dresden by flight takes about 26 hours. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Cairns to Dresden due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Dresden reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Verona.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Verona, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Escape the urban bustle at Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family and River Rafting & Tubing. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arena di Verona and Piazza delle Erbe. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Verona trip itinerary site.

Fly from Dresden to Verona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Dresden, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Verona, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Riserva Naturale Ca' Roman. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

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You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Venice sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Baden.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Baden, Switzerland

— 1 night
Baden, sometimes unofficially, to distinguish it from other Badens, called Baden bei Zürich or Baden im Aargau, is a municipality in Switzerland. On the 19th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark Roggenhausen, contemplate the waterfront views at Klingnauer Stausee, then step into the grandiose world of Ruine Stein, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Romisch Katholische Kirche.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Baden travel route website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Venice to Baden. Traveling from Venice in October, things will get a bit cooler in Baden: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Baden

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 20th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, look for gifts at Secrets d'Apiculteur, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lyon vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Baden to Lyon. Traveling from Baden in October, expect Lyon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Beaune, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Owl's Trail, then do a tasting at Patriarche Pere & Fils, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Corton C.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Halle, learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre Dame, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison des Climats.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beaune driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Lyon to Beaune in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Beaune can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Ghent, Belgium

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Minnewater Lake and Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ghent: Bruges (Groeningemuseum, The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Beaune to Ghent in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 27th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Fort Sint Pieter, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Servatius, then take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, and finally don't miss a visit to Vrijthof. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady, then steep yourself in history at Helpoort, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie MOA.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Maastricht day trip planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Maastricht in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

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.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

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.

British Columbia travel guide

4.3
Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.

Otago Region travel guide

4.6
Entertainment Centers · Water Sports · Landmarks
Place of Red Earth
New Zealand's second most southerly region, Otago has a diverse climate and varied landscapes, making for a wealth of impressive vistas and natural wonders. Thanks to the region's thick snow and gorgeous sun, an Otago vacation gives you the chance to try a range of extreme sports, relax in lush natural areas, or hike through changing topographies, spotting the wildlife in its plentiful land and marine reserves. With a rich history of tradition and industry, Otago prides itself on its farming heritage, maritime influence, and contemporary role in New Zealand's wine revolution.

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.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.

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.

Veneto travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas
An independent republic until Napoleon's invasion in 1797, Veneto is among the wealthiest and most developed regions in the country. The region has a bustling tourism industry, drawing nearly 70 million visitors annually to its historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical, and culinary treasures. Though most tourists begin and end their Veneto holiday in Venice, the area has plenty more to offer. A range of attractions await beyond the capital city, including World Heritage-listed Palladian villas, seaside resorts, vineyards, lakes, beaches, thermal baths, lush parks, and imposing mountain ranges. Veneto's clubs, bars, and restaurants make for a lively nightlife in the region's thriving cities.

Canton of Aargau travel guide

4.1
Spas · Room Escape Games · Castles
Relaxation and tranquillity await you at the Canton of Aargau, best known for its hot sulphur and saline springs. The pile-dwellings of Beinwil am See and Seengen, both World Heritage Sites, evidence prehistoric settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, while the villages of Endingen and Lengnau served as the country's Jewish ghetto in the 17th century. The region's heavily wooded plateau interlaced with rivers features plenty of ruined castles, fortresses, and old museums to peak your interest. Tour through local vineyards by foot or bike, or wash your worries away at the famed thermal spas.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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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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Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Castles

East Flanders Province travel guide

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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.

Limburg Province travel guide

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Caves · Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas