With a close proximity to Groningen, Drenthe's capital, Assen, brings up the rear in terms of appeal. The tourist office is a good source for bike maps of the region and info on the national parks.
The Drents Museum, near the centre, has hunebedden artefacts and various artworks and furnishings from Drenthe's history.
The tourist office and museum are 500m from the station by way of Stationsstraat. Frequent trains connect Assen with both Groningen (€6, 18 minutes) and Zwolle (€13, 50 minutes).
The station is the main regional bus stop and it has a bike shop. National bike route LF14 runs south 34km from Groningen and on to Emmen (about 40km southeast).