56 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada & United States Itinerary

56 days in South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada & United States Itinerary

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Fly to Mackay, Bus to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Phuket International Airport, Drive to Phuket Town
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Phuket Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 18 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Bus to Malaga, Fly to Quebec City
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Quebec City, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montreal, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey, United States
— 2 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Nadi International Airport, Drive to Denarau Island
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Denarau Island, Fiji
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach, Australia

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dryander National Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conway National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach journey planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Airlie Beach is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Airlie Beach is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Auckland in May, with highs in Airlie Beach at 28°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 3 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Phuket Town, Thailand

— 2 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
On the 28th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, get great views at Nai Harn Beach, take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, then kick back and relax at Karon Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phuket Town online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Port Douglas to Phuket Town with the Route module. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in May, with highs in Phuket Town at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Dubai.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 18 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Saadiyat Beach Club. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mary's Catholic Church and Dhafeer Fort. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Safaris, &more), Fujairah Heritage Village (in Fujairah) and Sharjah (American University of Sharjah, Mleiha Archaeological Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Mer, kick back and relax at Banan Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Dubai Frame, and go for a stroll along the water at Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dubai itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Phuket Town to Dubai takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Gulf Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In May, Dubai is somewhat warmer than Phuket Town - with highs of 44°C and lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 16:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 17th (Wed), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a stroll through Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Pile Gate. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Lokrum Island and then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik driving holiday planner.

Fly from Dubai to Dubrovnik in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in June: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): wander the streets of Trastevere, then delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa d'Este.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome online tour builder.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battistero di San Giovanni and Torre del Mangia. Get some historical perspective at Abbazia di San Galgano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa), Lucca (Piazza Anfiteatro, Le mura di Lucca, &more) and Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, then wander the streets of The Jordaan, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then stroll around Keukenhof, and then stroll around Vondelpark.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel planner.

You can fly from Florence to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, things will get slightly colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 26th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, and finally admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanografic Valencia, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat).

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valencia trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Valencia by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in June; daily highs in Valencia reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Granada, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Carihuela and Automobile and Fashion Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village) and Mirador de San Nicolas. Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Marbella Old Town (in Marbella), Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcony of Europe) and Malaga (Castillo de Gibralfaro, Puerto de Málaga, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and wander the streets of Albayzin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Granada, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Granada, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Quebec City, Canada

— 4 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Terrasse Dufferin and La Citadelle de Quebec. Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec and Plains of Abraham will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quebec City: Eglise Saint-Joseph-de-Deschambault (in Deschambault-Grondines), Eglise Saint-Louis de Lotbiniere (in Lotbiniere) and Parc naturel regional de Portneuf (in Saint-Alban). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Lower Town (Basse-Ville), take a stroll through Quartier Petit Champlain, trek along Parc des Veterans, and contemplate the long history of Le Moulin De Beaumont.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Quebec City travel website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Granada to Quebec City in 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Quebec City is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Granada in July, you will find days in Quebec City are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Montreal, Canada

— 4 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and St-Zotique Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Port of Montreal and Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site of Canada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreal: Eglise Saint-Antoine de Padoue (in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu), Club De Golf Louiseville (in Louiseville) and Pourvoirie Domaine Bazinet (in Sainte-Emelie-de-L'Energie). There's much more to do: stroll around Mount Royal Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, and make a trip to Old Montreal.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Montreal travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quebec City to Montreal in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Quebec City in July: highs in Montreal hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Monterey, United States

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Monterey travel route builder app.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Montreal to Monterey in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Montreal to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Montreal in July: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Denarau Island.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Denarau Island, Fiji

— 1 night
Denarau Island, a small 2.55 sq km (1 sq mi) private island connected to mainland Viti Levu by a short causeway, includes eight beachside resorts arranged around the 18-hole Denarau Golf Course.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denarau Island route tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monterey to Denarau Island. Traveling from Monterey to Denarau Island, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in Denarau Island at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Denarau Island

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and steep yourself in history at Te Puia.

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You can fly from Denarau Island to Rotorua in 9 hours. Traveling from Denarau Island in July, things will get colder in Rotorua: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

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.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.