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
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Xalapa, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
+3
foot + 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
End: 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.
Expiatory Temple and Palacio de Gobierno are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Guachimontones and Romantic Lake Chapala will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Juan de Dios, admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado, and take in the exciting artwork at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour.

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

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Guachimontones
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Guachimontones
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Expiatory Temple
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Palacio de Gobierno

3
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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. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo El Lencero, don't miss a visit to Pueblo Magico Coatepec, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque de los Tecajetes, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Xalapa journey tool .

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

Things to do in Xalapa

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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 Museo del Templo Mayor and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) 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

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Travel Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Olvera Street.

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 flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. 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, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
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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, Castello di Amorosa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Safari West, Mumm Napa
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
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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 City Lights Booksellers. 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 curious at Exploratorium.

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 Wenatchee Confluence State Park and Olympic Peninsula. Explore Ellensburg's surroundings by going to Yakima (Cowiche Canyon Trail & Yakima Valley Museum), The Gorge Amphitheatre (in George) and Cave B Estate Winery Quincy Tasting Room (in Quincy). There's much more to do: pick up some local products at Pybus Public Market, do a tasting at Swiftwater Cellars, tour the pleasant surroundings at Apple Capital Loop Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Lake Easton State Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ellensburg travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Ellensburg with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Ellensburg dip to 10°C. Finish up 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, Lake Easton State Park, Olympic Peninsula
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Ohme Gardens ©
Ohme Gardens
Wenatchee Confluence State Park ©
Wenatchee Confluence State Park
Pybus Public Market ©
Pybus Public Market

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 Pioneer Square. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pike Place Market and Chukar Cherries. 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 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 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 ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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 Orchard House. Let the collections at Peabody Essex Museum and USS Constitution Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Walden Pond State Reservation (in Concord) and Crow Haven Corner (in Salem). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park, 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 shuttle, flight, and bus; 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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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Walden Pond State Reservation ©
Walden Pond State Reservation

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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 9/11 Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to Long Beach and Gateway National Recreation. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, take a stroll through Times Square, don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue, 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 do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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