17 days in Mexico & United States Itinerary

17 days in Mexico & United States Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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San Francisco, United States
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Las Vegas, United States
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New York City, United States
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Washington DC, United States
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 1 night

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo. On the next day, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), make a trip to Zocalo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mexico City travel planning site.

Antigua, Guatemala to Mexico City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 1 night
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas. In September, Cabo San Lucas is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature
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San Francisco, United States

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cabo San Lucas in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Las Vegas, United States

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): shop like a local with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos
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New York City, United States

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New York City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New York City. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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Washington DC, United States

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at White House, and appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip planning app.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Washington DC

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 30th (Thu), play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Playa del Carmen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

United States travel guide

4.5
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.