55 days in Mexico & Alabama Itinerary

55 days in Mexico & Alabama Itinerary

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55 days in Mexico & Alabama Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Huntsville, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fort Payne, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Birmingham, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Montgomery, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Orange Beach, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dauphin Island, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Mobile, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
8
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Cancun, Mexico
— 9 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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6
nights
Huntsville, United States

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Step out of the city life by going to Walls of Jericho Alabama Trailhead and William Bankhead National Forest. You'll explore and learn at Crooked Creek Civil War Museum and Old Jail Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Huntsville: Short Springs Natural Area (in Tullahoma), Athens (Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives & U.G. White Mercantile) and Falls Mill (in Belvidere). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Harrison Brothers Hardware, contemplate the long history of Pond Spring, browse the collection at Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, and identify plant and animal life at Land Trust of North Alabama.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntsville day trip planning website .

London, UK to Huntsville is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Huntsville. While traveling from London, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Huntsville, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Athens, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Falls Mill, The Old State Bank, Walls of Jericho Alabama Trailhead
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Walls of Jericho Alabama Trailhead ©
Falls Mill ©
Falls Mill
Pond Spring ©
Pond Spring

2
nights
Fort Payne, United States

Fort Payne ©
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Alabama Fan Club and Museum, steep yourself in history at Gorham's Bluff, and then do a tasting at Jules J. Berta Vineyards. On your second day here, examine the collection at Fort Payne Depot Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Marthas Falls, and then stop by Orbix Hot Glass.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Payne online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Huntsville to Fort Payne in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Huntsville in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Fort Payne, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gorham's Bluff, Jules J. Berta Vineyards
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Alabama Fan Club and Museum ©
Alabama Fan Club and Museum
Gorham's Bluff ©
Gorham's Bluff
Jules J. Berta Vineyards ©
Jules J. Berta Vineyards

6
nights
Birmingham, United States

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
For shopping fun, head to Bass Pro Shop or The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Explore hidden gems such as Moundville Archaeological Park and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Explore Birmingham's surroundings by going to Natural Bridge Park (in Natural Bridge), FarmLinks Golf Course (in Sylacauga) and Calera (Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum & Ozan Winery & Cellars). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Peanut Depot, see the interesting displays at International Motorsports Hall of Fame, sample the tasty concoctions at Avondale Brewing Company, and browse for treasures at Bama Flea Mall & Antique Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Birmingham, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fort Payne to Birmingham in 1.5 hours. In July in Birmingham, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Shopping Golf

Side Trips

Leeds, Calera, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Moundville Archaeological Park
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Moundville Archaeological Park ©
Moundville Archaeological Park
Natural Bridge Park ©
Natural Bridge Park
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament ©

6
nights
Montgomery, United States

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum and George Washington Carver Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Brown Chapel AME Church and Old Live Oak Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Auburn (Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center & Toomer's Corner), Priester's Pecans (in Fort Deposit) and Lowndes County Interpretive Center (in Hayneville). There's lots more to do: see a world frozen in time at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Angel's Antiques and Flea Mall, look for gifts at Prattville Pickers, and play a few rounds at Cambrian Ridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montgomery trip planning website .

Drive from Birmingham to Montgomery in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Montgomery can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Selma, Auburn, Tuskegee, Lowndes County Interpretive Center, Prattville Pickers
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 18:
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Brown Chapel AME Church ©
Brown Chapel AME Church
Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum ©
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park ©
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

5
nights
Orange Beach, United States

Orange Beach ©
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Morgan State Historic Site and Foley Railroad Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Pickens and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Crystal Sands Beach (in Destin), Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Pensacola Beach (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Parasailing & Paragliding). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum, stop by Souvenir City, and find something for the whole family at Adventure Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Orange Beach road trip tool .

Getting from Montgomery to Orange Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. July in Orange Beach sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach, Foley, Alligator Alley, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
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Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Fort Pickens Area ©
Fort Pickens Area
Alligator Alley ©
Alligator Alley

1
night
Dauphin Island, United States

Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. On the 23rd (Mon), get curious at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, then steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines, and then head outdoors with Action Outdoors. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Isle Dauphine Golf Club, identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Dauphin Island Public Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dauphin Island trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary ©
Fort Gaines ©
Fort Gaines

4
nights
Mobile, United States

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Appreciate the collections at Shearwater Pottery and Fairhope Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Punta Clara Kitchen and Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Fairhope Brewing Company in Fairhope (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Burris Farm Market, see the interesting displays at Richards DAR House Museum, play a few rounds at Magnolia Grove Golf Course, and go for a stroll along the water at Mobile Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mobile trip planner .

Getting from Dauphin Island to Mobile by car takes about an hour. July in Mobile sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Mobile

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Fairhope, Punta Clara Kitchen, Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Burris Farm Market, Shearwater Pottery
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Mobile Bay ©
Mobile Bay
Richards DAR House Museum ©
Richards DAR House Museum
Fairhope Museum ©
Fairhope Museum

4
nights
Holbox Island, Mexico

Get outdoors at Refugio Holbox and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop and Yalahau Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Holbox Island online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mobile to Holbox Island. The time zone difference when traveling from Mobile to Holbox Island is 1 hour. July in Holbox Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop ©
Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop

10
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Visiting Climbing Tours and Yal-ku Lagoon will get you outdoors. Head to Diamonds International and La Lloronafor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Sac Actun, Balam Art On Feathers, & more), Cozumel (Discover Mexico Cozumel Park, San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, & more) and Akumal (Galeria Lamanai & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Los Fundadores, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cenote Chikin Ha.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

9
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kukulcan Plaza and Plaza Las Americas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and El Centro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Nativa Natural Park (in Solferino) and Isla Mujeres (Women's Beading Cooperative, Captain Dulche's Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Caracol, examine the collection at Museo Iconografico de la Carrera Panamericana, and look for gifts at Joyería Ambarte.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cancun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August in Cancun, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Kukulcan Plaza, Nativa Park
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Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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