43 days in United States & Mexico Itinerary

43 days in United States & Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in United States & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
3
San Diego, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Salt Lake City, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
8
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Nashville, United States
— 3 nights
10
Dallas, United States
— 1 night
11
Houston, United States
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  7​h 30​min
12
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 1 day
ferry + taxi:  3​h
13
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
15
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
16
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take a stroll through SoMa.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco route builder website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle itinerary planning site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Seattle sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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nights
San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip website .

You can fly from Seattle to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Salt Lake City, United States

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, then make a trip to Temple Square, and then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City online trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Salt Lake City to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Land Cruiser Heritage Museum ©
Land Cruiser Heritage Museum

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night
Colorado Springs, United States

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 23rd (Sat), learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary app .

Fly from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in May since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago route planning website .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chicago, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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nights
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and make a trip to Rockefeller Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New York City is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Nashville, United States

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Hopkinsville to see Casey Jones Distillery about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Nashville hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Casey Jones Distillery, Lotz House Museum
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Casey Jones Distillery ©
Casey Jones Distillery

1
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Dallas, United States

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, then steep yourself in history at Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas, and finally see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Dallas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in June, Dallas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Escape Game Dallas, Top O'Hill Terrace
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace

1
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Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Houston.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Dallas to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Houston, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Punta Sur and then kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Houston to Isla Mujeres in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Houston in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Isla Mujeres: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tulum online itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Tulum in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cozumel visit planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online road trip planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in June, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Cabo San Lucas is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip maker app .

Fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Shark Diving

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