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
— 4 nights
+3
train + Fly + subway + bus:  5​h 30​min
Napa, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Ellensburg, United States
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Seattle, United States
— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guachimontones and Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour. Head to Centro Cultural El Refugio and Tonala Craft Marketfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Guadalajara to Tapalpa to see Las Piedrotas about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, and see a show at 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 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 a bit warmer in Guadalajara: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Xalapa.

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Historic Sites Shopping Museums

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Tonala Craft Market, Guachimontones, Las Piedrotas, Centro Cultural El Refugio
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Guachimontones ©
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Anthropology Museum and Museo ex-hacienda El Lencero. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Nacional El Cofre de Perote and Casa Bautista Galvez. Explore Xalapa's surroundings by going to Los Milagros Galeria (in Coatepec) and Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco (in Huatusco). 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Xalapa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Coatepec, Parque Nacional El Cofre de Perote, Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco
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Parque Nacional El Cofre de Perote ©
Parque Nacional El Cofre de Perote
Anthropology Museum ©
Anthropology Museum
Parque de los Tecajetes ©
Parque de los Tecajetes

6
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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 Polancofor plenty of shopping. Visiting Bosque de Chapultepec and La Condesa will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Tepozteco in Tepoztlan (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the ancient world of Templo Mayor Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Xalapa to Mexico City by car takes about 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tepozteco
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Tepozteco
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Templo Mayor Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Appreciate the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stop by The Original Farmers Market, hunt for treasures at Olvera Street, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
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Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 28th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, view the masterpieces at Imagery Estate Winery, 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 train, flight, subway, and bus from Los Angeles to Napa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Napa to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

4
days
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 Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Step off the beaten path and head to Twin Peaks and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

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You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ellensburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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California Academy of Sciences
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Twin Peaks
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

7
days
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 Snoqualmie Pass Train Tunnel and Wenatchee National Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Ellensburg: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center (in Wenatchee), Lake Easton State Park (in Easton) and Cashmere (Aplets & Cotlets Country Store & Apple Annie Antique Gallery). There's lots more to do: trek along Second Beach, examine the collection at Kittitas County Historical Museum, do a tasting at Gilbert Cellars, and sample the tasty concoctions at [the pub ] Iron Horse Brewery.

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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 9°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, Wenatchee, Easton, Washington State
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Lake Easton State Park ©
Lake Easton State Park
Apple Annie Antique Gallery
Apple Annie Antique Gallery
Aplets & Cotlets Country Store ©
Aplets & Cotlets Country Store

3
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 Pike Place Market. We've included these beaches for you: Ed Munro Seahurst Park and Alki Beach. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Snoqualmie Falls in Snoqualmie--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory, and take a stroll through Pioneer Square.

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 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vancouver Seawall and Museum of Anthropology. Granville Island and Lighthouse Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vancouver: Britannia Mine Museum (in Britannia Beach) and Richmond (International Buddhist Society & Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Grouse Mountain, contemplate the long history of Deep Cove, wander the streets of Gastown, and kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver visit planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Vancouver are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Richmond, Lighthouse Park, Britannia Mine Museum, Burnaby Village Museum
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Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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.
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 Kittery Trading Post (in Kittery) and Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse (in York). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail and wander the streets of Newbury Street.

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 bus and flight; 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 27°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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittery Trading Post, Ogunquit Beach, Long Sands Beach, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse
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Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Long Sands Beach ©
Long Sands Beach

3
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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 Jenkinson's Boardwalk and Bushkill Falls. Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Grey Towers National Historic Site (in Milford) and Belmar Beach (in Belmar). 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 drive; or take a bus. 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

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Belmar Beach, Bushkill Falls
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Bushkill Falls
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial