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

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

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Drive to Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport, Fly to Calgary International Airport, Drive to Banff National Park
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Banff National Park, Canada
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San Francisco, United States
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Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Ferry to Apia, Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Berlin, Germany
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Florence, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Madrid, Spain
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Banff National Park, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Moraine Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, examine the collection at Banff Park Museum, and then browse the exhibits of About Canada.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park road trip website.

Vannes, France to Banff National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Vannes to Banff National Park. Traveling from Vannes in June, things will get a bit cooler in Banff National Park: highs are around 20°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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San Francisco, United States

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Thu), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at de Young Museum, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco visit site.

Getting from Banff National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pago Pago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
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Pago Pago, American Samoa

Head to Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa, for an authentic Pacific Islands holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Blunts Point Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matafao Peak, hike along World War II Heritage Trail, then explore the galleries of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Office, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fagatele Bay Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lower Sauma Ridge Hike, stroll through Two Dollar Beach, explore the galleries of Jean P. Haydon Museum, stroll through Cloud Rainforest to Reef Hike, then stroll through National Park of American Samoa, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Alava.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pago Pago route tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Pago Pago in 17 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Pago Pago to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Pago Pago

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Te Anau online attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Pago Pago to Te Anau in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pago Pago to Te Anau is 22 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Sydney, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then stop by Darling Harbour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally stop by The Rocks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Te Anau to Sydney is minus 2 hours. June in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Red Square. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, and then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moscow trip site.

You can fly from Sydney to Moscow in 23 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Moscow, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Moscow are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums
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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Russian Museum, contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, and step into the grandiose world of Catherine's Body.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg visit site.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia's Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyiv (Kiev) online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Kyiv (Kiev), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyiv (Kiev): highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites
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Krakow, Poland

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.
Popular historic sites such as Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala), get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Krakow travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Krakow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Krakow. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Berlin, Germany

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.
Appreciate the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites
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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Museum-lovers will get to explore Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Florence road trip planning site.

Getting from Zurich to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in June; daily highs in Florence reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

Plan my day in Rome using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Let the collections at Museu Picasso and Joan Miro Foundation capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, make a trip to Palau Guell, see the interesting displays at Parc de Montjuic, and visit Las Ramblas.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Catedral Primada, &more), Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial) and Kuna Iberica (in Navas del Rey). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Villaviciosa de Odon, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and discover the deep blue sea with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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London, United Kingdom

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.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Get some cultural insight at Westminster Abbey and The British Museum. Step out of London to go to Smarden and see The Big Cat Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to London is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in London to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Maria van Jessekerk. Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (in Delft) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take an in-depth tour of Edams Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lentevreugd, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Paris, France

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

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

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Canada travel guide

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

United States travel guide

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

American Samoa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Nightlife · Museums
Visit American Samoa, a land made up of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls, for a holiday as adventurous or relaxing as you want to make it. The untouched landscape supports an abundance of protected wildlife, and many tourism businesses are locally owned, operated, and sustainable. The islands' numerous cultural heritage highlights give visitors a sense of the spirituality and calm that native inhabitants have maintained for millennia. Traversable by land and sea, this unincorporated territory of the United States offers many new perspectives on a fascinating culture and environment.

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

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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.

Russia travel guide

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

Ukraine travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Poland travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Germany travel guide

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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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

Italy travel guide

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

Spain travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

England travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

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

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

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

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