48 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Ulm, Germany
— 2 nights
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Kiel, Germany
— 2 nights
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Lubeck, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bochum, Germany
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Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Sheffield
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Bakersfield
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Bakersfield, United States
— 3 nights
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Santa Ana, United States
— 2 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis, United States
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Chicago, United States
— 3 nights
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Birmingham, United States
— 13 nights
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Tampa, United States
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Nantes, France — 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Les Machines de L'ile and Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. Visit Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: L'Ile aux Papillons (in La Gueriniere), Marais du Mullembourg (in Noirmoutier en l'Ile) and Detours en Loire (in Le Cellier). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye, admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nantes online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Nantes is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Nantes. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 4th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, examine the collection at Les Trains du Colorado, then make a trip to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, then make a trip to Place de la Comedie, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Saharien, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from Nantes to Montpellier by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, Montpellier is a bit warmer than Nantes - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

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Getting from Montpellier to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Montpellier in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ulm.
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Ulm, Germany — 2 nights

Part of the epicenter of the Holy Roman Empire, Ulm today stands as a cultural and economic hub of modern Germany.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Wasserfallsteig, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Die Valentinskapelle, and then admire the striking features of Ulmer Münster. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Margarete Steiff Museum, then find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND Deutschland, then don't miss a visit to Fishermen's Quarter, and finally contemplate the long history of The Leaning House.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ulm trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Ulm takes 7 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kiel.
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Kiel, Germany — 2 nights

Sailing City

One of Germany's most important ports for decades, Kiel combines its working industrial center with a rich heritage of music, fine dining, and pleasant scenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the history behind U-Boot-Ehrenmal, learn about all things military at U-Boot U 995, then pause for some photo ops at Laboe Naval Memorial (Marine-Ehrenmal), then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolai Church, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Gottorf, take an in-depth tour of Viking Museum Haithabu, see the interesting displays at Danevirke Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen, and finally examine the collection at Stadtmuseum Warleberger Hof.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kiel day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ulm to Kiel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Kiel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lubeck.
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Lubeck, Germany — 2 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
On the 12th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Kalkhorst, examine the collection at Outpost One, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brodtener Steilufer, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Padi Dive Center NICEDIVE4U. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marienkirche, wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), see the interesting displays at Holstentor, then examine the collection at European Hansemuseum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri zu Lubeck.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lubeck route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kiel to Lubeck takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lubeck can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Bochum.
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Bochum, Germany — 1 night

Once a booming mining city and a critical piece of Germany’s heavily industrialized Ruhr region, Bochum today has morphed into a major hub of the service sector.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Neanderthal Museum, then see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, then examine the collection at German Mining Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, then explore the world behind art at Museum Folkwang, then take an in-depth tour of LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg, and finally see the interesting displays at LWL Industrial Museum Zollern.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bochum attractions planner.

You can fly from Lubeck to Bochum in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Sheffield.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Greenest City in England

A major industrial and cultural center, Sheffield is renowned for its green open spaces, art galleries, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.
Get some cultural insight at Chatsworth House and National Railway Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like York City Walls and York Minster. Venture out of the city with trips to York Bird of Prey Centre (in Huby), York (York Shambles & Treasurer's House) and Sally Mosley Guided Walks (in Over Haddon). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Holly Hagg Community Farm and steep yourself in history at Mompesson’s Well.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bochum to Sheffield. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Sheffield, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manchester.
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Manchester, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Manchester Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manchester Cathedral, then have fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Imperial War Museum North, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Saul Hay Gallery. On the next day, examine the collection at National Football Museum, see the interesting displays at The Manchester Museum, then stroll through Lyme Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bramhall Methodist Church.

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Traveling by car from Sheffield to Manchester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Manchester sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Liverpool.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chester Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Merseyside Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Liverpool. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story, and finally take in the waterfront at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liverpool road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manchester to Liverpool takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Liverpool, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bakersfield.
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Bakersfield, United States — 3 nights

Museum-lovers will appreciate Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum and Kern County Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bakersfield: Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes) and Tehachapi Loop (in Tehachapi).

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Liverpool to Bakersfield. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from Liverpool, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Bakersfield, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Ana.
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Santa Ana, United States — 2 nights

Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Bowers Museum, then examine the collection at Discovery Cube Orange County, then steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lyon Air Museum, then examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Ana online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bakersfield to Santa Ana takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in July, you will find days in Santa Ana are colder (31°C), and nights are little chillier (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis, United States — 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Historic Fort Snelling, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, and then get curious at Science Museum of Minnesota. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, get interesting insight from Stone Arch Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Ana to Minneapolis. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Santa Ana to Minneapolis. July in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago, United States — 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, then contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally stroll around Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Birmingham.
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Birmingham, United States — 13 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Appreciate the collections at Legacy Museum and McWane Science Center. Visit Rickwood Field Park and Kelly Ingram Park for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Birmingham: Huntsville (Harmony Park Safari, Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain, &more), Easley Covered Bridge (in Oneonta) and Cullman (Ave Maria Grotto & Cullman County Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, explore the activities along Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St. Paul, and appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Birmingham day trip planner.

Fly from Chicago to Birmingham in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Birmingham, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tampa.
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Tampa, United States — 2 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
On the 15th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a stroll through Ybor City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Philippe Park.

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Getting from Birmingham to Tampa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Tampa is 1 hour. Traveling from Birmingham in August, Tampa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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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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