59 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

59 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  4 h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Rouen, France
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  11 h 30 min
12
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h
13
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
14
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

4
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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz in Lubben, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, and steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip planning app.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Berlin is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, examine the collection at The Royal Porcelain Collection, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, then steep yourself in history at The Dresden Zwinger, and finally admire the masterpieces at Albertinum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, make a trip to Theaterplatz, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kunsthofpassage, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Haus der Kirche - Dreikoenigskirche.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dresden trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, examine the collection at BMW Museum, make a trip to Marienplatz, and admire the striking features of Asamkirche.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munich road trip planner.

Getting from Dresden to Munich by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

5
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Royal Palace of Brussels and Parc du Cinquantenaire will appeal to history buffs. When in Brussels, make a side trip to see Te Boelaerpark in Antwerp, approximately Antwerp away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Atomium, ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Munich to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Te Boelaerpark
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Royal Palace of Brussels ©
Royal Palace of Brussels
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Gravensteen, Ghent City Center, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bruges holiday builder site.

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

5
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Abbaye de Jumieges. Let the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Historial Jeanne d’Arc capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Chateau Du Taillis (in Duclair), Bayeux War Cemetery (in Bayeux) and Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen online tour builder.

Getting from Bruges to Rouen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bayeux, Abbaye de Jumieges, Chateau Du Taillis, Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by bus from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Chambord
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace. Popular historic sites such as St. Paul's Cathedral and Clarence House are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Imperial Bird of Prey Academy (in Billericay) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in London can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

The Hawking Centre, East Sussex Falconry, Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, The Big Cat Sanctuary
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Stonehenge and The Roman Baths will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wells Cathedral and Bath Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Longleat (in Warminster) and The Tank Museum (in Bovington). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, examine the collection at Fashion Museum Bath, admire the striking features of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, and take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Bath at Work.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planner.

Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Wells Cathedral, Longleat, The Tank Museum
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American Museum & Gardens ©
American Museum & Gardens
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

4
nights
Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Popular historic sites such as Muncaster Castle and Loughrigg Fell are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hawkshead Grammar School and Beatrix Potter Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Aira Force Waterfall (in Penrith), Holker Hall & Gardens (in Grange-over-Sands) and Lakeland Motor Museum (in Backbarrow). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Predator Experience, see the interesting displays at Armitt Museum, walk around Go Ape Grizedale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hawkshead.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ambleside online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bath to Ambleside takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Grange-over-Sands, Aira Force Waterfall, Muncaster Castle, Lakeland Motor Museum
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Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum
Hawkshead Grammar School ©
Hawkshead Grammar School

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Strathblane Falconry (in Strathblane), Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (in Kippen). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online holiday builder.

Drive from Ambleside to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Strathblane Falconry, Glasgow Cathedral, Stirling Castle, Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway & Estate
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

5
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Step out of New York City to go to Oceanville and see Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Edinburgh to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in October: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uncle Tom's Trail and Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. Get some historical perspective at Fort Yellowstone Historic District and S Rim Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton & 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, hike along Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

4
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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