59 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

59 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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Stavanger, Norway
— 2 nights
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
— 1 day
Train to Belgorod, Fly to Moscow Domodedovo
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 2 nights
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Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Foot to Adelaide, Fly to Kingscote
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Seattle, United States
— 4 nights
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Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Leamington Spa, Bus to Stratford-upon-Avon
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Verona
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Verona, Italy
— 5 nights
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Trento, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Trieste, Italy
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Stavanger, Norway

— 2 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
You'll explore and learn at Norwegian Petroleum Museum and Norsk Hermetikkmuseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Stavanger and Stavanger Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Ovre Holmegate, pause for some photo ops at Sverd i fjell, take in the exciting artwork at Touscene, and get engrossed in the history at Stavanger Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Stavanger attractions planning tool.

Bogota, Colombia to Stavanger is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Stavanger, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Stavanger

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Klaipeda, Lithuania

— 1 night

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Sea Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Golden Mouse, then make a trip to Meridianas, then learn about all things military at Memel Nord, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Clocks in Klaipeda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Klaipeda trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Stavanger to Klaipeda in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Parnu, Estonia

— 1 night

Estonia's Summer Capital

A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Parnu Coastal Meadow Protection Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Jekaterina, then contemplate the long history of Prison Escape, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Museum of New Art.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Parnu online route maker.

Traveling by car from Klaipeda to Parnu takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Parnu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Kharkiv, Ukraine

— 1 day
Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kharkiv Historical Museum of M.F.Sumtsova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Kharkov Dolphinarium, and finally see the interesting displays at Marine Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kharkiv trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Parnu to Kharkiv in 19 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Parnu in September: highs in Kharkiv hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum. Let the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Moscow travel route builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kharkiv to Moscow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Kharkiv in September, plan for little chillier days in Moscow, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

— 2 nights
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Let the collections at Literature Museum and Galileo Park capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel and House of Gudkov are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Stolby National Park, examine the collection at Prelate Nikolay Steamship Museum, and explore the activities along Enisey River.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krasnoyarsk online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Krasnoyarsk Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Adelaide, Australia

— 3 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at South Australian Museum and Bradman Collection. Museum-lovers will get to explore Migration Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide visit site.

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Adelaide in 23 hours. Traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Adelaide, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Adelaide are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kangaroo Island, Australia

— 3 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kangaroo Island is known for wildlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, see Off-Road Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Penneshaw Market Day.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island holiday builder website.

You can fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and Museum of Chinese Australian History. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and German Lutheran Trinity Church. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday maker site.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne. September in Melbourne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Seattle, United States

— 4 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Museum of Flight and Glasshouse Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Bainbridge Island (Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial & Bloedel Reserve). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, stroll around Mercer Slough Nature Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square, and identify plant and animal life at Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seattle travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Seattle takes 22 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Warwick Castle and The Welcombe Hills. The Battle of Edgehill Exhibition and Montpellier Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at S&D Falconry, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, explore the world behind art at The MAD Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Arter.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stratford-upon-Avon trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Seattle to Stratford-upon-Avon in 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. October in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saint-Malo, France

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Tour Bidouane. Appreciate the collections at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches and Galerie Les Artistes Et la Mer. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: les etangs du val de See (in Saint-Georges-de-Livoye), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel Bay). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort National.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo vacation planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Stratford-upon-Avon to Saint-Malo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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. In October, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Les Machines de L'ile and Musee d'Histoire Urbaine. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, examine the collection at Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nantes trip itinerary app.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nantes are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Verona.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Verona, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
You'll explore and learn at Casa di Giulietta and Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano. Get some cultural insight at Arena di Verona and Piazza delle Erbe. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Procolo, and explore the ancient world of Operaforte.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Verona trip planner.

Getting from Nantes to Verona by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Verona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Trento, Italy

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Scaliger Castle in Malcesine and Cattedrale di San Vigilio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Rame Navarini and Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali. Change things up with these side-trips from Trento: Parco Grotta Cascata Varone (in Tenno), Parco naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio (in Tiers) and Omkafe (in Arco). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, admire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Aquila, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Salvadori.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trento trip planner.

Drive from Verona to Trento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Trento sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Ca' d'Oro, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online journey maker.

You can drive from Trento to Venice in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trieste.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Trieste, Italy

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, make a trip to Molo Audace, then explore the world behind art at Museo Revoltella, then examine the collection at AIM Alinari Image Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di San Giusto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cripta Degli Scavi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Aquileia, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Meizlik, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Serbo Ortodossa di San Spiridione, and finally see the interesting displays at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Trieste vacation planning app.

You can drive from Venice to Trieste in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Trieste are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Trieste

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, and then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, appreciate the extensive heritage of Theaterplatz, explore the world behind art at Albertinum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then contemplate the long history of Sachsisches Standehaus, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dresden online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Trieste to Dresden takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Trieste in October, with highs in Dresden at 16°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Rogaland travel guide

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

Klaipeda County travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · National Parks
The only one of the nation's 10 counties to have a coastline, Klaipeda County boasts gorgeous views over the water. Showcasing its German roots, this former Prussian capital's Old Town is lined with cobblestone streets leading the way to historic attractions like the remains of an impressive red brick castle. Today, the river running through the center of the region acts a divider between the past and progressive present, with the region south of the river showcasing newer, modern buildings, while the north side preserves hallmarks from the 13th to 18th centuries. Be sure to fit in a visit to the port of call, the only one in the country large enough for ships the size of the Titanic.

Parnu County travel guide

3.7
Beaches · Water Parks · Monuments
Straddling Estonia's southwestern coast, Parnu County provides an idyllic spot for a relaxing beach vacation or some outdoor adventures in its swathes of countryside. The county's largest city, Parnu, draws tourists from neighboring countries to its picturesque sandy expanses and colorful downtown area. Although the county is home to just over six percent of Estonia's population, it is the largest in the country, with ample opportunities for fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more in its expansive green forests, including a national park. Those interested in an active holiday should also check out the area's many spas and saunas to rest and revive weary muscles.

Kharkiv Oblast travel guide

3.8
Parks · Fountains · Landmarks
Home to Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv Oblast offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions. The legacy of Soviet control on the region is still palpable, most obviously in the large communist blocks that dominate its cities. Although often underwhelming from the outside, the theatres, concert halls, and museums that make up the bulk of the area's tourist destinations are renowned. Away from the urban centers, green rolling hills provide pleasant spots for hiking and biking.

Krasnoyarsk Krai travel guide

4.6
National Parks · Monuments · Specialty Museums
A vast and sparsely populated region in Siberia, Krasnoyarsk Krai encompasses almost 15 percent of Russia's total territory. The sprawling region features contrasting landscapes that include rivers, lakes, treeless plains, and subarctic coniferous forests. Untouched by commercial tourism, this Siberian wilderness draws mostly adventurous visitors wishing to explore some of the world's remotest natural areas. Notable places to visit include a series of national parks and biosphere reserves, as well as the city of Krasnoyarsk, a major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok. Discover the city by taking a boat tour on the Yenisei River.

South Australia travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.

Victoria travel guide

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

United States travel guide

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

Warwickshire travel guide

3.9
Castles · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
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.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

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.

Veneto travel guide

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

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.

Friuli Venezia Giulia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
One of five autonomous regions of Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the country's easiest areas to tour, as it is on most of the major routes between the east and west sections of southern Europe. This region has its own distinct history, traditions, identity, and language. The majority of the inhabitants speak Friulian, as well as fluent Italian. Friuli Venezia Giulia overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is bordered by high mountains and dotted with lakes, valleys, and natural preserves, making it an ideal vacation spot for outdoor lovers. Explore the long coastline's secluded lagoons, sandy beaches, and seaside resorts on your trip.

Saxony travel guide

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