8 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Guanajuato
— 1 day
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
Drive
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Queretaro City
— 1 night
Drive
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Ezequiel Montes
— 1 night
Drive
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Guanajuato — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Casa Diego Rivera, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Guanajuato road trip tool.

Phoenix, USA to Guanajuato is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Guanajuato. In June, Guanajuato is cooler than Phoenix - with highs of 84°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.
Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

San Miguel de Allende — 1 night

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 3rd (Mon), examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, then get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and finally don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip app.

Drive from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende in an hour. In June, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Queretaro City.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

Queretaro City — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to El Acueducto De Queretaro, ponder the world of politics at Casa de La Corregidora, then see the interesting displays at Museo Regional, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queretaro City road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ezequiel Montes.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Ezequiel Montes — 1 night

Ezequiel Montes is a municipality in the Mexican state of Querétaro. On the 5th (Wed), do a tasting at De Cote Casa Vitivinicola, then do a tasting at Freixenet Mexico, and then learn about winemaking at Vinedos Azteca.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ezequiel Montes trip website.

You can drive from Queretaro City to Ezequiel Montes in an hour. In June in Ezequiel Montes, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.
Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Mexico City — 3 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Chapultepec Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, stop by Historic Center (Centro Historico), take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and admire the landmark architecture of Torre Latino.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner.

You can drive from Ezequiel Montes to Mexico City in 3 hours. When traveling from Ezequiel Montes in June, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

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.

Queretaro travel guide

4.4
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.