We have started planning our 2nd trip to the Netherlands and would like to explore beyond Amsterdam. Plan is to go April 2014 so we can see the tulips. On our first visit last year we stayed 3.5 days in Amsterdam, seeing the Anne Frank House, Dutch Resistance Museum, countryside bike tour, Vondel Park, & Albert Cuyp market to name a few sights.
This time around, our priorities in Amsterdam are: Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum and a canal tour.
The rest of the time we were thinking of taking daytrips to see the following (in random order):
1. bike Waterland (up to Edam and back)
2. Alkmaar, Schermerhorn to see windmills
4. Keukenhoff, bike around the countryside
6. Den Haag/beach?
If we were to stick to the plan above (with 1 day for each), would you base out of Amsterdam the entire time? I thought with so many trips to the east and south, maybe we should consider staying outside Amsterdam for the trips to Delft/Keukenhof/Den Haag. If we did that, which city would you recommend? Or maybe base out of Harrlem?
Also, should we combine any of those daytrips into 1 day, or keep as is? We don't want to feel rushed.
This is a rough idea to start, and I'm open to suggestions. I have also considered visits to Hoge Veluwe NP, Kinderdijk, or Friesland area, but don't want to constantly be on the move and changing hotels. Not really interested in Rotterdam. If it helps, we like history, photographing scenery, and I am currently obsessed with biking (even bought a Dutch style bike after our last trip).
Thanks in advance.