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

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  28​h
1
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Xalapa, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
+3
foot + Fly + subway + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Napa, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Ellensburg, United States
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Seattle, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
10
Boston, United States
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
11
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
nights
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 Expiatory Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Palacio de Gobierno and Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour. Step out of Guadalajara with an excursion to Guachimontones in Teuchitlan--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Minerva (La), 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 16-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

Side Trip

Guachimontones
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Guachimontones ©
Guachimontones
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

3
nights
Xalapa, Mexico

Xalapa ©
Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. Anthropology Museum and Museo del Cafe will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero and Cascada de Texolo. Step out of Xalapa to go to Huatusco and see Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo El Lencero, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque de los Tecajetes, don't miss a visit to Pueblo Magico Coatepec, and stroll through Juárez Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Xalapa day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guadalajara to Xalapa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Xalapa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Coatepec, Cascada de Texolo, Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco
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Cascada de Texolo ©
Cascada de Texolo
Anthropology Museum ©
Anthropology Museum
Museo del Cafe ©
Museo del Cafe

6
nights
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 Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo del Templo Mayor. National Museum of Anthropology and Frida Kahlo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, 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 Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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National Museum of Anthropology ©
National Museum of Anthropology
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

5
nights
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 State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to Los Angeles. Traveling from Mexico City in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Napa.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 flight, subway, and bus from Los Angeles to Napa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of 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 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Mumm Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Safari West
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©

3
nights
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 Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers.

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 about the same 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 Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

7
nights
Ellensburg, United States

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

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ellensburg itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Ellensburg. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Ellensburg dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Ellensburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wenatchee, Yakima, Cashmere, Cave B Estate Winery Quincy Tasting Room, Olympic Peninsula
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Ohme Gardens ©
Ohme Gardens
Yakima Valley Museum ©
Yakima Valley Museum

4
nights
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 Pike Place Market. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pioneer Square and Made in Washington. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Gardens Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Seattle tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Ellensburg to Seattle in 2 hours. Traveling from Ellensburg in September, expect nights in Seattle to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Yaletown and Lighthouse Park are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Kitsilano Beach and Grouse Mountain. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Granville Island, explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology, take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver tour builder website .

Getting from Seattle to Vancouver by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect nights in Vancouver to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for 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
nights
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, make a trip to Newbury Street, admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park, and stop by Brookline Booksmith.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boston online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Boston takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Boston is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: highs in Boston hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up 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

Salem, Concord, Harvard Book Store, Brookline Booksmith
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Orchard House ©
Orchard House
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum

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nights
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 Long Beach and Gateway National Recreation. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and admire the striking features of Federal Hall.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip maker .

Getting from Boston to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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 Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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