I am sure by now you have bought a Rick Steves guide book. But I thought I would list some things to see while in Amsterdam. I was supposed to go on the RS Belgium/Holland tour last year but it was cancelled. I still have my notes.
Sites and Museums to see:
buy a ticket before going to Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
Royal Palace - city hall
Amstelkring Amsterdam museum
catholic church hidden in the attic of a 17th century merchant’s house
Bag and Purse museum - have afternoon tea there.
Museum Van Loon
Beginforf - 14th Century Courtyard
De Hortus Botanitical Garden
nine little streets to go shopping
Lidsestraat canals Delft shop nearby
Brouwersgracht Brewer’s canal borders on the Jordan district
No 188-194 houses to see
Eglantiersgracht canal (pretty canal to see)
between Lignbaansgracht & Prinsengrache
Portuges Israleitisch Synagogue
New Church — New Kerk
Old Church - Oude Kerk
Houten Huis - Wooden House
Willet-Holthuysen - 17th century house
De gecroonde Praep - The Crowned Turnip
Houseboat museum - Closed Mondays
Four main city center canals:
I hope this helps.
Have a great trip!