58 days in United States, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

58 days in United States, South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Philadelphia, United States
— 3 nights
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Pittsburgh, United States
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
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San Diego, United States
— 3 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Cowes
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Cowes, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Perth, Australia
— 1 night
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Potsdam, Germany
— 1 night
Fly to Venice, Train to Trento
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Trento, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 3 nights
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
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Chenonceaux, France
— 2 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia, United States

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum. Get some historical perspective at Independence Hall and Logan Circle. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley, explore the world behind art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia day trip site.

Manchester, UK to Philadelphia is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Philadelphia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get a bit warmer in Philadelphia: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Pittsburgh, United States

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning, then get engrossed in the history at Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, and finally visit Strip District. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, then engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial.

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Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pittsburgh, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Los Angeles, United States

— 4 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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Our Lady Queen of Angels. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and browse the exhibits of Hollyhock House.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder app.

Fly from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego, United States

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Maritime Museum of San Diego and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Cowes, Australia

— 1 night
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, identify plant and animal life at Koala Conservation Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and finally meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cowes trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Cowes. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cowes due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Cowes hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Sports Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, look for gifts at Museum of Chinese Australian History, learn more about the world around you at The National Opal Collection, and identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier.

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You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Perth, Australia

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, then appreciate the history behind The Bell Tower, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Perth online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 4 nights

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.
Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Memorial the Border of Defence (in Protvino), Art Museum of Garbage "MU MU" (in Zhukov) and Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planning tool.

Fly from Perth to Moscow in 21.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Perth in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Moscow: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nyhavn and Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken). Rosenborg Castle and National Museum of Denmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: visit Stroeget, take a stroll through Christiania, explore the historical opulence of Christiansborg Slot, and admire the striking features of Amalienborg.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Copenhagen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Moscow to Copenhagen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in September: highs in Copenhagen hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Potsdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Potsdam, Germany

— 1 night

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gemeinde der Russisch-Orthodoxen Kirche, admire the natural beauty at Sanssouci Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, then make a trip to Neues Palais, and finally stroll the grounds of Suedwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Potsdam trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Copenhagen to Potsdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Trento.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Trento, Italy

— 2 nights

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali and Piazza Duomo. Let the collections at Museo del Rame Navarini and Palazzo Pretorio capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Trento side-trips: Parco naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio (in Tiers) and Parco Grotta Cascata Varone (in Tenno). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni, explore the ancient world of Cattedrale di San Vigilio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia dell'Antica Abbaziale di Sant'Apollinare.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Trento holiday planner.

Getting from Potsdam to Trento by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 9th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Santa Clara, explore the historical opulence of Castell de Bellver, examine the collection at Palau March Museu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palau de l'Almudaina. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas del Drach, identify plant and animal life at Parc Natural de Mondrago, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Artestruz Mallorca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Trento to Palma de Mallorca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Trento in October, with highs in Palma de Mallorca at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 3 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castell de Eivissa and Necropolis del Puig des Molins. Ibiza Cathedral and Esglesia de Sant Domingo will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Platja de ses Salines, visit Dalt Vila, head off the coast to Es Vedra, and examine the collection at Museo Puget.

Plan trip to Ibiza Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Ibiza Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ibiza Town, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nantes, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Les Machines de L'ile and Le Chronographe. Appreciate the collections at Musee de l'Imprimerie and Le Maille-Breze. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Ibiza Town to Nantes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ibiza Town in October, expect Nantes to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Chenonceaux, France

— 2 nights
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then explore the historical opulence of chateau Montpoupon, and then learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at La Magnanerie, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Montresor, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches, and finally stop by La Balade des Fromages.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chenonceaux online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Chenonceaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 19th (Mon), do a tasting at Wafflart Briet Champagne, do a tasting at Budding, then do a tasting at Champagnes Pommery, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Taittinger, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Reims day trip website.

Getting from Chenonceaux to Reims by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trier, Germany

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Visit St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Porta Nigra for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Eltz Castle and Domstadt (Cathedral City). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trier: Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun) and Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, browse the exhibits of Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Antonius.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Trier trip planner.

Getting from Reims to Trier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Reims in October: highs in Trier hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Fort De Schoenenbourg and La Petite France are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Palais de Rohan and Alsatian Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and contemplate the long history of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Trier to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Trier in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Strasbourg, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lille, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Place du Theatre, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, admire the landmark architecture of Old Stock Exchange, then wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de la Treille, see the interesting displays at Musee La Piscine, then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, and finally examine the collection at Asnapio.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lille trip builder.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Lille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Lille sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.

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.

Western Australia travel guide

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

Brandenburg travel guide

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Gardens · History Museums · Landmarks
Both a historical region and modern federal state, Brandenburg was once the heart of Prussia. It surrounds but does not officially include the national capital, Berlin. Best known for its wealth of natural attractions, Brandenburg contains three World Heritage-listed biosphere reserves and 11 protected nature parks. A sprawling national park spreads all the way across the border with Poland. The region's pristine natural environments are protected by the nation's strict natural protection policies, which began in the 1990s. An extensive network of park rangers lead tours through the various environments and ensure continued conservation. Be sure to explore the state capital's lavish royal palaces and gardens. Extend your itinerary outside the urban centers if you'd like to enjoy the numerous bike trails, golf courses, canoeing tours, and boat trips.

Trentino-Alto Adige travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Ski Areas
Italy's northernmost region, Trentino-Alto Adige, is among the wealthiest and most developed areas in Europe. An ideal vacation idea for winter sports enthusiasts, this area is known for its frozen waterfalls, sparkling lakes, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains. The ski slopes attract adrenaline junkies from around the world, while its deep valleys hide several small towns noted for the quality of their woodwork. Venture farther away from the Trentino-Alto Adige's resorts to discover a distinct Ladin culture, world-famous for its tradition of toy-making. The lower altitudes feature countless places to visit, from protected parks and trails to some of the country's finest hiking and biking terrains.

Balearic Islands travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Nightlife · Churches
The Balearic Islands offer both varied landscapes and a temperate climate ideal for long trips to the beach. On Mallorca, the biggest member of this island family in the Mediterranean Sea, that means everything from mountain scenery attractive to hikers and cyclists to beaches featuring traditional seaside resorts. Ibiza is Europe’s favorite party island, drawing thousands of young visitors with its vibrant club scene and nighttime raves. For a quieter itinerary, Menorca is a haven of serenity, featuring secluded beaches and secret bays. Quaint Formentara highlights the simple charms of island life, like sharing a sunset meal of roasted fish with friendly locals.

Pays de la Loire travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

4.3
Castles · Zoos · Specialty Museums
Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.

Grand Est travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.4
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.

Hauts-de-France travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
Hauts-de-France is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015. France's Conseil d'État approved Hauts-de-France as the name of the region on 28 September 2016, effective 30 September 2016.The region covers an area of more than 31813km2, and has a population of 5,973,098.ToponymyThe region's interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie was a hyphenated placename, created by hyphenating the merged regions' names—Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie—in alphabetical order.On 14 March 2016, well ahead of the 1 July deadline, the Regional council decided on Hauts-de-France as the region's permanent name,. The provisional name of the region was retired on 30 September 2016, when the new name of the region, Hauts-de-France, took effect.GeographyThe region borders Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) to the northeast, the English Channel to the northwest, as well as the French regions of Grand Est to the southeast, Île-de-France to the south, and Normandy to the southwest. It is connected to the United Kingdom (England) via the Channel Tunnel.

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