58 days in Europe, United States & Asia Itinerary

58 days in Europe, United States & Asia Itinerary

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Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly to Henri Coandă International Airport, Drive to Magura
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Magura, Romania
— 1 night
Drive to Henri Coandă International Airport, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Weimar, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rouen, France
— 4 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to Stratford-upon-Avon
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train to London Marylebone, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly to Morioka Hanamaki Airport, Drive to Hachimantai
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Hachimantai, Japan
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Gdansk, Poland

— 5 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Visiting Jelitkowo Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and Westerplatte. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, kick back and relax at Stogi Beach, take a stroll through Old Town, and learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej).

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gdansk trip itinerary builder website.

Moscow, Russia to Gdansk is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Gdansk. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in November, with highs in Gdansk at 7°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
You'll explore and learn at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum, and admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest online day trip planner.

Getting from Gdansk to Budapest by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gdansk in November: highs in Budapest hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Magura.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Magura, Romania

— 1 night
Măgura is a commune in the Buzău County of Romania, located on the right bank of the Buzău River, in the hillside next to the Carpathian Mountains' curvature. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ratesti Monastery, explore the world behind art at Tabara de Sculptura Magura, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ciolanu Monastery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Magura trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Budapest to Magura. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Magura. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Magura

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get in touch with nature at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magura to Rome. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Magura to Rome. Traveling from Magura in November, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monumental Cemetery and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan road trip planning app.

Getting from Rome to Milan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in November; daily highs in Milan reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Stadel Museum and German Film Museum. Liebieghaus and Museum Embankment will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Hauptfriedhof, take in the views from Iron Bridge, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt route maker app.

Fly from Milan to Frankfurt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Milan in November, plan for little chillier days in Frankfurt, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Weimar.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Weimar, Germany

— 2 nights

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Goethe National Museum, see the interesting displays at Duchess Anna Amalia Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goethes Gartenhaus, then contemplate the long history of Schillers Wohnhaus, and finally explore the world behind art at Bauhaus-Museum Weimar. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum fur Ur- und Fruhgeschichte Thuringens, examine the collection at Liszt Haus, then stroll around Park an der Ilm, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Belvedere, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul - Herderkirche.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Weimar trip planner.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Weimar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Weimar

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the activities along English Garden, make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and examine the collection at BMW Museum.

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Getting from Weimar to Munich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November in Munich, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like World Heritage Kinderdijk and De Wonderlijke Klim. Escape the urban bustle at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen and Regte Heide & Riels Laag. Take a break from Den Bosch with a short trip to National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen in Drunen, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Noordbrabants Museum, and don't miss a visit to Grote Kerk Den Bosch.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Den Bosch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Den Bosch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Den Bosch can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Church of Our Lady Bruges are in your itinerary. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Ghent City Center & St Michael's Bridge). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, make a trip to The Markt, and see the interesting displays at Historium Brugge.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges itinerary planner.

Getting from Den Bosch to Bruges by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Rouen, France

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire de la Medecine will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Musee Secq des Tournelles. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, visit Rue du Gros-Horloge, see the interesting displays at Musee des Antiquites, and get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Rouen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rouen are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Let the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Pegasus Memorial in Ranville, approximately Ranville away. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey d’Ardenne, and take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. Your inner history buff will appreciate Warwick Castle and Parish Church of St. Gregory the Great. Let the collections at Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall and Tudor World capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The MAD Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Battle of Edgehill Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Hall's Croft, and view the masterpieces at Montpellier Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Stratford-upon-Avon trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Bayeux to Stratford-upon-Avon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bayeux to Stratford-upon-Avon. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Chicago, United States

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, approximately Glen Ellyn away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building, and don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Stratford-upon-Avon to Chicago takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Stratford-upon-Avon to Chicago. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Stratford-upon-Avon in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Kyushu National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Chicago to Fukuoka in 17.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Fukuoka is 15 hours. In December, Fukuoka is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Hachimantai, Japan

— 1 night
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Hachimantai Promenade Peak, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuroyachi Wetland, and then explore the striking landscape at Appi Kogen Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukuoka to Hachimantai. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fukuoka in December; daily highs in Hachimantai reach 4°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Kobe, Japan

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 27th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hachimantai to Kobe. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hachimantai in December, with highs in Kobe at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Pomerania Province travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · History Museums · Military Museums
In north-central Poland, Pomerania Province hugs the coast of the Baltic Sea. The provincial capital Gdansk sits on the water with a charming seafront. Popular tourist attractions in the area include beautiful sandy beach resorts, wild national parks, and historic medieval cities. In addition to the waterfront, the province has several significant rivers, as well as the Hel Peninsula. It's no wonder the province's name comes from Slavic words meaning "Land at the Sea."

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Buzau County travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks
Buzău is a county of Romania, in the historical region Muntenia, with the capital city at Buzău.DemographicsIn 2011, it had a population of 432,054 and the population density was 70.7/km².Romanians – 97%Romani – under 3% declared, and others.GeographyThis county has a total area of 6,103 km².In the North Side there are the mountains from the southern end of the Eastern Carpathians group – the Vrancea Mountains and the Buzău Mountains with heights over 1,700 m. The heights decrease in the South and East passing through the subcarpathian hills to the Bărăgan Plain at about 80 m.The main river crossing the county is the Buzău River which collects many small rivers from the mountains and flows to the East into the Siret River.Neighbours Brăila County to the east. Prahova County and Brașov County to the west. Covasna County and Vrancea County to the north. Ialomița County to the south.

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Lazio travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Fountains · Churches
Often overshadowed by the country's magnificent capital city, Lazio is a densely populated region in the middle of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Though this prosperous area is home to Rome, Lazio offers many other cities, lakes, and white-sand coastal areas as beautiful additions to your itinerary. The region's landscapes are as varied as the people who live here. In the north, Lazio is lush and hilly. The southern section features rugged areas tailor-made for adventurous hikers and cyclists. Venture deeper into Lazio's countryside to find more places to visit, like restaurants and museums, as well as remnants of the ancient civilizations that once flourished in this area.

Lombardy travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

Hesse travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Though relatively small in size, Hesse is not only rich in tradition, culture, and art, but also in numerous modern tourist attractions. This is one of the country's most prosperous regions. It includes the city of Frankfurt, a global financial powerhouse renowned for its futuristic skyline. The region is known for its outstanding public transportation, high quality of life, leafy parks, and lively nightlife. The city streets are lined with small cafes, innovative museums, bustling beer halls, and an array of other places to visit while in town. Hesse also contains huge green areas interspersed with lush river valleys and pristine national parks. Its quiet countryside surrounds hillside villages and medieval towns. Be sure to indulge in some of the local specialties while on your holiday: outstanding white wines, apple ciders, and a wide range of award-winning cheeses.

Thuringia travel guide

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.

Bavaria travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.

North Brabant Province travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Zoos

West Flanders Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Warwickshire travel guide

3.9
Castles · Architectural Buildings · Parks
If it hadn’t been the birthplace of a world-famous playwright, Warwickshire could have been just another picture-perfect English county with verdant rolling hills and scenic market towns. William Shakespeare was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the region’s prosperous centers of culture, art, and commerce. The county abounds in sites linked to the renowned artist’s life, hosting a multitude of special events and art festivals that draw visitors from around the world. Tourist numbers diminish away from these bustling cultural attractions, offering travelers numerous opportunities to step off the beaten path and have a relaxing sightseeing experience on quiet country roads and walking trails.

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Iwate Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Iwate Prefecture is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.NameThere are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again. As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.

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Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Landmarks
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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