16 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

16 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Veracruz
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Veracruz
— 1 night
Fly
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Morelia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queretaro City
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Luis Potosi
— 1 night
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 3 nights
Fly

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Veracruz

Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval Mexico and then explore the historical opulence of San Juan de Ulua.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Veracruz road trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Veracruz is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Veracruz. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, things will get much warmer in Veracruz: highs are around 80°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Morelia.

Things to do in Veracruz

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Morelia

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de Morelia and Chocolate Supremo Joaquinita. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Del Dulce, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de las Rosas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guadalupe Sanctuary, and make a trip to The Aqueduct.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Morelia road trip planner.

You can fly from Veracruz to Morelia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Veracruz in December, plan for cooler nights in Morelia, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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Queretaro City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teatro de la Republica and Casa de La Corregidora. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queretaro City: Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico (in Ezequiel Montes) and Bocanegra Cava de Quesos (in Tequisquiapan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, walk around Jardin Zenea, and don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queretaro City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Morelia to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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San Miguel de Allende

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sazon and Taller de Grabado y Galeria Corazon Parlante. Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Guanajuato (Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera & University of Guanajuato). Next up on the itinerary: browse for treasures at Galeria Atotonilco, indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste of San Miguel, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, and examine the collection at Museo La Esquina.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende road trip app.

You can drive from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Luis Potosi.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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San Luis Potosi

Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll around Parque Tangamanga, then contemplate the long history of Ipina Building, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of San Luis Potosi.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Luis Potosi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to San Luis Potosi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in San Luis Potosi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zacatecas.

Things to do in San Luis Potosi

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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Zacatecas

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Zacatecas, then see the interesting displays at Rafael Coronel Museum (Museo Rafael Coronel), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Diocesano de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe "Guadalupito". On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro Coronel and then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro de la Bufa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zacatecas visit planner.

You can drive from San Luis Potosi to Zacatecas in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Zacatecas are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.