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
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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 Guadalajara Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Teatro Degollado, take in the exciting artwork at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour, get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Juan de Dios.

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 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Xalapa.

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Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

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Guachimontones
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Guachimontones
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
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. When in Xalapa, make a side trip to see Cascada de Texolo in Xico, approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe, take a peaceful walk through Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque de los Tecajetes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Juárez Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xalapa vacation planner.

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

Things to do in Xalapa

Parks Nature Museums

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Coatepec, Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco, Cascada de Texolo
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Cascada de Texolo ©
Cascada de Texolo
Anthropology Museum ©
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 Templo Mayor Museum and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) 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, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take in the spiritual surroundings of 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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Templo Mayor Museum
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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 Santa Monica Farmers Market and Third Street Promenade. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

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 Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
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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, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at V. Sattui, 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 drive; or take a bus. 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, Safari West, Mumm Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
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Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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 Exploratorium. Relax by the water at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

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 do a combination of bus and ferry. 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.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
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 Lake Easton State Park. Get some cultural insight at Cave B Estate Winery and Swiftwater Cellars. Explore Ellensburg's surroundings by going to Wenatchee (Apple Capital Loop Trail, Ohme Gardens County Park, & more), The Gorge Amphitheatre (in George) and Yakima (Cowiche Canyon Trail & Yakima Valley Museum). There's still lots to do: stop by Aplets & Cotlets Country Store, look for all kinds of wild species at Olympic Peninsula, see the interesting displays at Kittitas County Historical Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Chelan County Museum and Pioneer Village.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ellensburg trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Ellensburg. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect slightly colder 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, Cave B Estate Winery, Lake Easton State Park
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Ohme Gardens County Park
Ohme Gardens County Park
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 Pioneer Square. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse-Studio, and browse the range of quality goods at NORDSTROM.

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 25°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.

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Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
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 Granville Island. Popular historic sites such as Yaletown and Lighthouse Park are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Grouse Mountain, see the interesting displays at Museum of Anthropology, snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge, and hike along Vancouver Seawall.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vancouver online trip planner .

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier 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 Louisa May Alcott's 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 wander the streets of Newbury Street.

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 (27°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, Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Book Store
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Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

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 9/11 Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to Gateway National Recreation and Long Beach. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, don't miss a visit to Times Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

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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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