13 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

13 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Mexico and Gulf Coast trip itinerary planner

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Guanajuato
— 2 nights
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Dolores Hidalgo
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
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Queretaro City
— 2 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 1 night
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
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Guanajuato

— 2 nights
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Diego Rivera Museum and Home (Museo Casa Diego Rivera), then take an in-depth tour of Alhondiga de Granaditas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, and finally explore the world behind art at Don Quixote Iconographic Museum (Museo Iconografico del Quijote).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Guanajuato online trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix, USA to Guanajuato is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Guanajuato. Traveling from Phoenix in June, things will get much colder in Guanajuato: highs are around 84°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Dolores Hidalgo.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Dolores Hidalgo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Independence Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Grito, then examine the collection at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and finally do a tasting at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dolores Hidalgo online travel route planner.

Getting from Guanajuato to Dolores Hidalgo by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Dolores Hidalgo can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Dolores Hidalgo

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, view the masterpieces at Ted Davis - Galeria de Fotografia, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, then examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Queretaro City

— 2 nights
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Regional, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Sacro, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally explore the striking landscape at Peña de Bernal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro, and then ponder the world of politics at Casa de La Corregidora.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queretaro City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Queretaro City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Cuernavaca

— 1 night
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the striking features of Palacio de Cortes, steep yourself in history at Robert Brady Museum, steep yourself in history at Garden Borda Cultural Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Jose El Calvario, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cuernavaca online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Queretaro City to Cuernavaca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June in Cuernavaca, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

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 Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Historic Center (Centro Historico). You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Azucar, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cuernavaca to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca in June, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Natural History Museums
Once the core of a powerful Aztec empire, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast now contains some of the country's most popular tourist destinations, offering a blend of coastal and inland activities. Most Central Mexico and Gulf Coast holidays understandably involve stops at sandy beaches, but if you wish to enrich your experience with a bit of culture and history, don't miss Guanajuato City and Veracruz. While exploring these cities, you can museum hop, get to know the country's arts and music scene, discover numerous historic buildings, and mingle with ex-pats from Canada and the United States. For that ultimate Central Mexico and Gulf Coast sightseeing experience, spend some time exploring the region's World Heritage-listed archaeological sites.