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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Stockholm

Birka

Founded in the eighth century as an important Viking trading port, the town of Birka thrived for 200 years before being abandoned. Today archeologists lead tours through the excavation area; a fascinating onsite museum displays their findings.

20 miles west of Stockholm, Island of Björkö, 011-46-8-5605-1445, www.raa.se/birka_eng
Tags: family | historic | outdoors | day trip | museum

Drottningholm

The Drottningholm palace (the "Versailles of Sweden") was built to impress during the height of 17th-century Swedish imperial power. This is where the royal family still spends most of their time, screened off from the 100,000 visitors who come by every year for a glimpse of the good life.

7 miles west of Stockholm, Island of Lövon, 011-46-8-402-6280, www.royalcourt.se/royalcourt/theroyalpalaces/drottningholmpalace
Tags: family | historic | architecture | day trip

Ikea

This four-level behemoth is the mother of all Ikeas (believe it or not, it's bigger than your local branch). Head here for the full-on Swedish experience; while you're at it, grab a meatball meal that will likely be the cheapest of your stay.

15 miles southwest of Stockholm, Modulvägen 1; Kungens Kurva, 011-46-20-43-90-50, www.ikea.se
Tags: family | day trip

Sigtuna

It may not be quite as old as Birka, but Sigtuna was never abandoned, making it Sweden's oldest continually-settled town. Today ruins from three 12th-century churches still exist, and the city center's Sigtuna Museum has a great exhibit of local Viking artifacts (www.sigtunamuseum.se).

25 miles northwest of Stockholm, sal.sigtuna.se/turism/en
Tags: family | historic | architecture | day trip

Uppsala

Picturesque Uppsala is the most popular day trip from Stockholm. Once a major pagan religious center, in 1477 it became home to what is now the oldest university in Scandinavia. The 13th-century Uppsala Domkyrka, Scandinavia's largest cathedral, is also here.

45 miles northwest of Stockholm, www.uppland.nu/en
Tags: historic | day trip

Utö

One of the biggest and southernmost islands in Stockholm's archipelago, Utö attracts 300,000 visitors a year with its wide range of outdoor activities (everything from swimming and sunbathing to biking and boating).

25 miles southeast of Stockholm, www.utoturistbyra.se
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip | sports

Vaxholm

A quick, easy, and very popular getaway from Stockholm, Vaxholm offers excellent beachfront activities and dining as well as the interesting Vaxholms Fästnings Museum, housed in the imposing fortress that protected Sweden from centuries of pesky Danes and Russians (www.vaxholmsfastning.se)

, ww2.vaxholm.se/turism
Tags: beach | family | historic | outdoors | day trip | museum

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