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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guachimontones and Instituto Cultural Cabanas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Expiatory Temple and Guadalajara Cathedral. Step out of Guadalajara to go to Tapalpa and see Las Piedrotas, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour, hunt for treasures at Tonala Craft Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara road trip planner.

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 a bit warmer in Guadalajara: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Xalapa.

Things to do in Guadalajara

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Tonala Craft Market, Las Piedrotas, Guachimontones
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Guachimontones ©
Guachimontones
Las Piedrotas ©
Las Piedrotas
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

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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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Anthropology Museum and Museo El Lencero. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Casa Bautista Galvez. Explore Xalapa's surroundings by going to Los Milagros Galeria (in Coatepec), Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco (in Huatusco) and El Cofre de Perote (in Perote). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque de los Tecajetes.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Xalapa trip planner .

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

Things to do in Xalapa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Coatepec, River Rafting & Tubing, Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco, El Cofre de Perote
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El Cofre de Perote ©
El Cofre de Perote
Anthropology Museum ©
Anthropology Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Head to Coyoacan and Tinta Naranja Urban Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Chapultepec Park and Tepozteco will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Xalapa to Mexico City in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mexico City are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Nature

Side Trip

Tepozteco
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Tepozteco ©
Tepozteco
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Getty Center and Santa Monica State Beach. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website .

You can fly from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
On the 28th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, view the masterpieces at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Oakville Grocery, and finally stop by Dean & DeLuca. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Silver Oak Cellars, do a tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery, and then do a tasting at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Napa online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, subway, and bus from Los Angeles to Napa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Napa to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

#Wineries, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Oakville, Dean & DeLuca, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Vincent Arroyo Winery
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Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Step off the beaten path and head to Twin Peaks and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ellensburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Ellensburg, United States

Ellensburg ©
Ellensburg is a city in, and the county seat of, Kittitas County, Washington, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chelan County Museum and Pioneer Village and Kana Winery. Get in touch with nature at Second Beach and Snoqualmie Pass Train Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Ellensburg: Lake Easton State Park (in Easton), Wenatchee (Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center & Wenatchee National Forest) and Cashmere (Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen & Country Store & Apple Annie's Antique Gallery). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kittitas County Historical Museum, browse for treasures at Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall, sample the tasty concoctions at Iron Horse Brewery, and do a tasting at The Tasting Room.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ellensburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Ellensburg. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Ellensburg dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Ellensburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Yakima, Cashmere, Easton, Wenatchee, Washington State
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Lake Easton State Park ©
Lake Easton State Park
Wenatchee National Forest ©
Wenatchee National Forest

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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. We've included these beaches for you: Seahurst Beach Park and Alki Beach. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Snoqualmie Falls in Snoqualmie--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory, and take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seattle day trip planner .

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

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Seahurst Beach Park
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grouse Mountain and Vancouver Seawall. Granville Island and Lighthouse Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vancouver: Richmond (International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple) & Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site), Britannia Mine Museum (in Britannia Beach) and Deep Cove (in North Vancouver). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology, wander the streets of Gastown, kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach, and stroll through Spanish Banks.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vancouver day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Vancouver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for slightly colder days in Vancouver, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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, #Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, North Vancouver, Burnaby Village Museum, Lighthouse Park, Britannia Mine Museum
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Plimoth Plantation and Peabody Essex Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ogunquit Beach and Long Sands Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse (in York) and Kittery Trading Post (in Kittery). It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Newbury Street and get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Boston trip itinerary 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 moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

#Museums, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Peabody Essex Museum, Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, Kittery Trading Post, Plimoth Plantation, Ogunquit Beach
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Long Sands Beach ©
Long Sands Beach
Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse ©
Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bushkill Falls and Belmar Beach. Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Jenkinson's Boardwalk (in Point Pleasant Beach) and Grey Towers National Historic Site (in Milford). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read New York City tour website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with lows of 22°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Belmar Beach, Bushkill Falls
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral