For most North American travelers, the first real international travel experience is usually to Europe. There’s something about the continent that draws Americans. The majority of Americans can trace their roots back to European immigrants. For those without European ancestry, the people from across the Atlantic Ocean have shaped their lives. It certainly helps that most Europeans speak English easily and fluently, and the food closely resembles what we’re accustomed to in North America. For the majority of Americans, it can be reached in less than 8 hours of flying, which makes it an extremely accessible travel destination.

There’s so much to see, do and love in Europe. For history buffs, there are battlegrounds, monuments and museums. For cultural explorers, there are castles, markets, and immersive experiences. For foodies, there are Michelin-starred restaurants, cooking classes, and food markets. For outdoor and nature enthusiasts there are mountains and fjords to explore. Europe has it all. And we love it all. From the food markets of Provence to the wineries of Tuscany, Europe is delicious. From Ireland’s green rolling hills to the pristine beaches of Albania, it is beautiful. From the couture capital of Paris to the hot springs scene of Budapest, Europe is a cultural playground. Here are the best European experiences!

Walking along the River Avon is one of the great things to do on a weekend in Bath England

From Bubbles to Buns: An Ideal Weekend in Bath, England

Over 25 years ago at summer camp, I met a young woman from Bath. She told me stories about a beautiful town in the west of England that had hot springs and looked like it was right out of a movie set. It turns out she wasn’t lying.

The medieval stone towers of Conwy Castle stick up above the surrounding town on a rainy day. The ancient castles are some of the best places to visit in Wales.

14 Must Visit Places in Wales

With grand stone castles, colorful villages, and rivers and hills that thrive in the bounty of Welsh rain, a trip to Wales is packed with both man-made and natural beauty.

The massive Segovia cathedral is one of the sites to see on a Madrid to Segovia day trip

Finding the Soul of Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain, is a small city with big sites. A quick ride from the capital on the high-speed train, it’s a perfect day trip from Madrid.

Visiting the Mount Teide volcano in Tenerife is one of the top attractions in the Canary Islands. This is Spain's highest mountain and the most visited national park in Europe.

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Mount Teide

Visiting Mount Teide, an active volcano in the Canary Islands, offers one of the most impressive views we’ve ever seen. And it should – this is one of the world’s tallest mountains.