11 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

11 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Mexico City
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Dolores Hidalgo
— 1 night
Drive to Del Bajío International Airport, Fly to Phoenix


Mexico City — 4 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Chapultepec Castle are in your itinerary. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Independencia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and steep yourself in history at Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary website.

Phoenix, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Mexico City. Traveling from Phoenix in June, things will get cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cuernavaca.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip
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Cuernavaca — 2 nights

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. On the 6th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Jose El Calvario, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Cortes, get engrossed in the history at Robert Brady Museum, then gain insight at Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Xochicalco and then see the interesting displays at Espacio Cultural "Aqui estuvo Zapata".

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Mexico City to Cuernavaca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in June, expect nights in Cuernavaca to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bernal.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Bernal — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Viñedos La Redonda and then learn about winemaking at Freixenet Mexico.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bernal tour site.

Getting from Cuernavaca to Bernal by car takes about 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bernal can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.
Side Trip
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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 9th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Josefina Membrila Fine Art. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, then browse the exhibits of Fabrica La Aurora, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bernal to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 2 hours. In June in San Miguel de Allende, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dolores Hidalgo.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas
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Dolores Hidalgo — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Grito, then examine the collection at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and then learn about winemaking at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Dolores Hidalgo trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Dolores Hidalgo takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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.

Queretaro travel guide

Geologic Formations · Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards
At the very center of Mexico, the tiny state of Queretaro encompasses a range of ecosystems, from arid deserts to tropical rainforests. A trip to Queretaro reveals a compact area once controlled by the powerful Aztec Empire, which now contains mostly small towns, agricultural villages, and family-run ranches. Despite its small size, this state is packed with pleasant surprises, from historically significant sites and wildlife-rich biosphere reserves, to major pre-Columbian ruins. One of the most popular places to visit in Queretaro is La Pena de Bernal, one of the world's tallest and oldest monoliths, formed by natural forces at least 60 million years ago.

Guanajuato travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
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.