48 days in United States, Mexico & Vancouver Itinerary

48 days in United States, Mexico & Vancouver Itinerary

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48 days in United States, Mexico & Vancouver Itinerary

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  28​h
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Xalapa, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
+3
train + Fly + subway + bus:  5​h 30​min
Napa, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Ellensburg, United States
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Seattle, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
Boston, United States
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
days
Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Instituto Cultural Cabanas and Guachimontones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Expiatory Temple and Palacio de Gobierno will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado, and make a trip to Plaza de la Liberacion.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara trip builder .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Guadalajara is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Guadalajara. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Guadalajara: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xalapa.

Things to do in Guadalajara

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nightlife

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Guachimontones
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Guachimontones
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Instituto Cultural Cabanas
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Expiatory Temple

3
days
Xalapa, Mexico

Xalapa ©
Xalapa, is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. Get some cultural insight at Anthropology Museum and Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco. Get out of town with these interesting Xalapa side-trips: Cascada de Texolo (in Xico) and Pueblo Magico Coatepec (in Coatepec). There's lots more to do: stroll through Juárez Park, see the interesting displays at Museo ex-hacienda El Lencero, identify plant and animal life at Parque de los Tecajetes, and delve into the lush surroundings at Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Xalapa attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Guadalajara to Xalapa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Xalapa

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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Coatepec, Cascada de Texolo, Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco
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Cascada de Texolo ©
Cascada de Texolo
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Anthropology Museum
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Museo ex-hacienda El Lencero

6
days
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some historical perspective at Museo del Templo Mayor and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Zocalo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and wander the streets of Coyoacan.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online route planner .

Traveling by car from Xalapa to Mexico City takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Museo del Templo Mayor
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
days
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Music. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Santa Monica Farmers Market in Santa Monica--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, browse the eclectic array of goods at Olvera Street, and stroll through Santa Monica Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour planner .

Getting from Mexico City to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

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Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
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The Getty Center
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
days
Napa, United States

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Napa trip tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, subway, and bus from Los Angeles to Napa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Napa hover around 30°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

#Wineries, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery, Safari West, Mumm Napa, Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
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Pride Mountain Vineyards
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4
days
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Relax by the water at China Beach and Baker Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online day trip planner .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ellensburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

7
days
Ellensburg, United States

Ellensburg ©
Ellensburg is a city in, and the county seat of, Kittitas County, Washington, United States. Get outdoors at Wenatchee Confluence State Park and Olympic Peninsula. Get some cultural insight at Cave B Estate Winery Quincy Tasting Room and Swiftwater Cellars. Explore Ellensburg's surroundings by going to The Gorge Amphitheatre (in George), Yakima (Cowiche Canyon Trail & Yakima Valley Museum) and Wenatchee (Apple Capital Loop Trail, Ohme Gardens, & more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Lake Easton State Park, see the interesting displays at Kittitas County Historical Museum, get engrossed in the history at Chelan County Museum and Pioneer Village, and look for gifts at Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen & Country Store.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ellensburg trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Ellensburg with the Route module. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Ellensburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Ellensburg

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Wenatchee, Cashmere, Yakima, The Gorge Amphitheatre, Cave B Estate Winery Quincy Tasting Room
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Ohme Gardens ©
Ohme Gardens
Wenatchee Confluence State Park ©
Wenatchee Confluence State Park
Lake Easton State Park ©
Lake Easton State Park

4
days
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pike Place Market and Nordstrom. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, stroll through Golden Gardens Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Seattle itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Ellensburg to Seattle takes 2 hours. When traveling from Ellensburg in September, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Pike Place Market

3
days
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Step out of the city life by going to Kitsilano Beach and Grouse Mountain. Popular historic sites such as Yaletown and Lighthouse Park are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Granville Island, snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, examine the collection at Museum of Anthropology, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vancouver sightseeing website .

Getting from Seattle to Vancouver by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in September: highs in Vancouver hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 14°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Lighthouse Park
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

4
days
Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Fine Arts and Walden Pond State Reservation. Let the collections at Orchard House and USS Constitution Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Salem (Peabody Essex Museum & Crow Haven Corner). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, look for gifts at Brookline Booksmith, steep yourself in history at Granary Burying Ground, and browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Boston trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Boston in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Boston. Traveling from Vancouver in September, you will find days in Boston are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Concord, Salem, Harvard Book Store, Brookline Booksmith
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Orchard House ©
Orchard House
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Walden Pond State Reservation ©
Walden Pond State Reservation

4
days
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Step out of the city life by going to Gateway National Recreation and Long Beach. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, don't miss a visit to Times Square, and admire the striking features of Federal Hall.

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Getting from Boston to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Long Beach
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Gateway National Recreation ©
Gateway National Recreation
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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