38 days in North America Itinerary

38 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico attractions planner

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Monterrey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chihuahua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Mochis
— 1 night
Drive
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La Paz
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Guerrero Negro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tijuana
— 1 night
Fly
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tequila
— 1 night
Drive
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Leon
— 1 night
Drive
10
Guanajuato
— 2 nights
Drive
11
San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Drive
12
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Shuttle
14
Puebla
— 2 nights
Bus
15
Cuernavaca
— 1 day
Drive
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Taxco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Acapulco
— 3 nights

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Monterrey

— 2 nights

City of the Mountains

An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
On the 9th (Sun), walk around Alameda Zaragoza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo, and then examine the collection at Museo de las Aves. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de Santa Lucia, look for gifts at D'GARHETI Gallery Boutique, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque la Huasteca.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Monterrey travel route planning website.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Plan De Guadalupe International Airport and Del Norte International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Chihuahua.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Chihuahua

— 3 nights
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Grutas Nombre de Dios and then take in breathtaking views at Batopilas Canyon.

Make your Chihuahua itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monterrey to Chihuahua. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Mochis.

Things to do in Chihuahua

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Los Mochis

— 1 night
Los Mochis is a coastal city in northern Sinaloa, Mexico. On the 14th (Fri), head outdoors with Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Mochis trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Chihuahua to Los Mochis with the Route module. In December, Los Mochis is a bit warmer than Chihuahua - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Los Mochis

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

La Paz

— 3 nights
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Get outdoors at HarkerBoard co. and Playa Pichilingue (Pichilingue Beach). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Paz Cathedral and Isla Espiritu Santo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Balandra Beach and don't miss a visit to Malecon.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip planner.

You can drive from Los Mochis to La Paz in 10 hours. In December in La Paz, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guerrero Negro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Guerrero Negro

— 2 nights
Guerrero Negro is the largest town located in the municipality of Mulegé in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur (BCS). On the 18th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Dunas de Soledad.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Guerrero Negro trip maker site.

You can drive from La Paz to Guerrero Negro in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tijuana.

Things to do in Guerrero Negro

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Tijuana

— 1 night
Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Tijuana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe estara abierto por la noche la catedral el 11de dice., and then examine the collection at Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tijuana trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Guerrero Negro to Tijuana in 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Tijuana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Tijuana

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Guadalajara

— 2 nights

Pearl of the West

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Guadalajara, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chapala.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Guadalajara road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tijuana to Guadalajara. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tijuana to Guadalajara due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tijuana in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guadalajara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tequila.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Tequila

— 1 night
Santiago de Tequila is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. On the 23rd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo Los Abuelos Familia Sauza, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Santiago Apostol, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Los Azules.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tequila trip maker website.

You can drive from Guadalajara to Tequila in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Tequila

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Leon

— 1 night
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get curious at Centro de Ciencias Explora and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leon itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tequila to Leon in 3.5 hours. December in Leon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Leon

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Alhondiga de Granaditas, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro del cubilete. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Dulceria La Catrina and then see a world frozen in time at Pozos de Mineral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guanajuato online journey planner.

Getting from Leon to Guanajuato by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Guanajuato are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

San Miguel de Allende

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Jardin and Museo La Esquina. Get some historical perspective at La Parroquia and Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Canada de la Virgen, look and learn at Museo de Astronomia Prehispanica, learn something new at Galeria San Francisco, and stop by Maria Belen Jewelry.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende trip website.

Traveling by car from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende takes an hour. December in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 2 nights
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Cuartel De Arte and then get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Galeria Media Luna and then examine the collection at Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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 Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get outdoors at Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec and Bosque de Chapultepec. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, look for gifts at Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery, and visit La Condesa.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Mexico City sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril, contemplate the long history of Barrio del Artista, and then meet the residents at Africam Safari.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Puebla sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Cuernavaca

— 1 day
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chapultepec, steep yourself in history at Robert Brady Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Cortes.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cuernavaca planning tool.

You can take a bus from Puebla to Cuernavaca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Puebla in January, expect Cuernavaca to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taxco.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Taxco

— 2 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): head outdoors with Grutas La Estrella. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Guillermo Spratling, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco, then see the interesting displays at Casa Humboldt, and finally see the interesting displays at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taxco tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Cuernavaca to Taxco in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Acapulco

— 3 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Step off the beaten path and head to Barra Vieja Beach and Fuerte De San Diego. Take a break from the city and head to La Quebrada and Playa Ventura. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), get engrossed in the history at Acapulco Historical Museum of Fort San Diego, and look for gifts at Casa de la Cultura.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Acapulco route planner.

You can drive from Taxco to Acapulco in 4 hours. In January, Acapulco is a bit warmer than Taxco - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Chihuahua travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches

Guanajuato travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Granary of the Republic
With well over a third of its area suitable for agriculture, Guanajuato remains the "Granary of the Republic" as a major producer of corn, beans, sorghum, barley, and wheat. A tour of Guanajuato allows you to trace the "Bicentennial Route," originally followed by an insurgent army led by Miguel Hidalgo, one of the leaders of Mexican struggle for independence. Other popular things to do in Guanajuato include exploring historical haciendas and mines, attending local festivals, and visiting the state's thriving cities. Start in the World Heritage-listed eponymous capital, known for its cobblestoned streets, pleasant plazas, and unusual underground roadways.

Puebla travel guide

4.5
Churches · Zoos · Sacred & Religious Sites
Many visitors remember their Puebla vacation by the state's eponymous capital, recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its colonial-era architecture. Yet this state in east-central Mexico offers more than just a single charming city, its rural landscape a mix of picturesque mountains and lush river valleys tailor-made for active holidays. The region's natural areas offer plenty of memorable outdoor experiences, with mountain climbing, hiking, walking, camping, river rafting, and hang-gliding among the top things to do in Puebla. Local cuisine provides another major reason to visit, treating food connoisseurs to a stunning range of different flavors and an impressive number of original recipes.