The Netherlands is such a manageably small country that there's practically no excuse not to explore a little farther afield. And the payoff is immense, for just a short excursion can bring you to the Holland of your dreams: castles, harbor resorts, folkloric villages framed in lace, "the cleanest town in all the Netherlands," and, of course, the postcard-perfect tulip fields of the Keukenhof.
Thanks to Amsterdam's great transport connections, many of these day trips are very accessible.
Indeed, most are under an hour away. Whether you are driving or cycling, the routes are well maintained and clearly signposted. Trains and regional buses are frequent and punctual, with a range of passes for discount travel. Pick up the Amsterdam Metropolitan Map at the VVV tourist office, with concise information on these delightful day trips, along with extra tips on getting around using public transport.