19 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

19 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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Washington DC, United States
Fly
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lille, France
— 1 day
Drive
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive
7
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
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Washington DC, United States

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Washington DC is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 3°C at night. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 20th (Tue).
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Parks · Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Markthal. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Step out of Amsterdam to go to The Hague and see Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, engage your brain at Body Worlds, see the interesting displays at Micropia, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online travel planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Amsterdam in 11 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Sat), make a trip to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then stroll the grounds of Essex Farm Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Battle of Polygon Wood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, look for gifts at Chocolates & Happiness, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip builder app.

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lille.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Lille, France — 1 day

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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe, then wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Hospice Comtesse.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lille trip planner.

Drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lille are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee Nissim de Camondo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and stop by Le Marais.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Am Tunnel (BCEE Batiment Rousegaertchen), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Drai Eechelen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City attractions planner.

Take a train from Paris to Luxembourg City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Luxembourg City are a bit cooler (6°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 3 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral and then make a trip to Sankt Andreas Kirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Motorworld, see the interesting displays at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, see the interesting displays at Kolumba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol, then pause for some serene contemplation at Alt St. Alban, and finally contemplate the long history of Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. December in Cologne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dusseldorf.
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Dusseldorf, Germany — 2 nights

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rheinuferpromenade and Museum Kunstpalast. Museum-lovers will appreciate Zentrum fuer Internationale Lichtkunst Unna and Hetjens-Museum Düsseldorf. Explore Dusseldorf's surroundings by going to Zeiss Planetarium (in Bochum), Schloss Burg (in Solingen) and Kevelaer (Gnadenkapelle & Basilika St. Marien). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Konigsallee, explore the world behind art at Museum Folkwang, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Andreas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Lambertus Church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip builder.

Getting from Cologne to Dusseldorf by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday tool.

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.
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Washington DC, United States — 2 nights

On the 6th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, admire the masterpieces at Renwick Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at The Phillips Collection.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Washington DC in 11 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam to Washington DC, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Amsterdam in January, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.
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Luxembourg travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.
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