We live a 5-min. drive from the highway.
Nearby we have towns that differ very much in style and history.
I.e. Tongeren (15 min. drive): a very old town, Genk (15 min. drive): very young and therefore a totally different organization.
Then we have an old and at the same time very trendy Hasselt (15 min. drive) with the open-air museum of Bokrijk (only 20 min. drive from here).
But also St. Truiden (25-min. drive) is worthwhile visiting.
We sometimes go shopping in Maastricht – The Netherlands (35 min. drive) or Köln (Germany) (45 min. drive).