Amsterdam’s famous canals thread their way through fascinating historical sites and ultra-contemporary attractions. Amsterdam is home to a number of outstanding art museums. The Historisch Museum maps the city’s history through art, the Rijks Museum contains Rembrandt’s stunning masterpiece, “The Night Watch,” and the Van Gogh Museum dazzles visitors with its prodigious collection of paintings from various phases of the artist’s life. Amsterdam is also known for its cozy coffee shops, so be sure to stop by a few. The fastest way to travel in Amsterdam is by bicycle. Consider renting a bike for the weekend to easily explore the whole city.
London, England, UK
While in London, be sure to make it to Buckingham Palace at least one day at 11:30 a.m. to watch the famous changing of the guard. Also, visit West Piazza in Covent Garden to see street performers. At night, hop on the London Eye to get a good view of the city.
Barcelona or Madrid, Spain
While in Barcelona be sure to stroll down a world-famous boulevard called La Ramba. You'll find street performers, vendors and plenty of other delights. Go to a pintxo bar (tapas you eat with toothpicks) like Euskal Etxea. Missing UT sports? Go to a football (soccer) match at the Nou Camp Stadium. In Madrid there is a fabulous museum culture, whether you're looking for classics or post-modernism.