The Netherlands is such a small country that there's practically no excuse not to explore a little farther afield—and the payoff is immense. A short excursion can bring you to the Holland of castles, harbor resorts, folkloric villages framed in lace, and, of course, the tulip fields and gardens of the Keukenhof. Just east of Rotterdam you'll find picture-perfect rows of windmills stretched out across the Kinderdijk. And thanks to Amsterdam’s great transport connections, many of these day trips are easily accessible.
Indeed, most are less than 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.