I’ve decided that my A to Z Challenge is going to center on the many places I’d like to visit. This will allow me the opportunity to do a little research (even if only photographic) as well as to solicit travel tips from more well-seasoned travelers than I!

Up first is Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is one of those places that seems to appeal to travelers of all sorts. I read The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, hoping for a better taste of the city, but it didn’t provide the insight I was hoping for.

Highlights: the canals, the night life, the museums, the parks, the history.

Best time to visit:  ?

Current cost of a plane ticket from Charlottesville (CHO) to Amsterdam (AMS): $1131.23 with taxes

This trip is much farther into the future than many others, so I haven’t even begun to do my research!

For those of you who have visited, what were the highlights of your trip to Amsterdam? Any must-sees? Recommendations on hotels, restaurants, museums, events? (Or do you prefer a different city that begins with A?)