31 days in North America Itinerary

31 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North America visit planner

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San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 5 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Mexico City
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
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New Orleans, United States
— 3 nights
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Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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San Francisco, United States

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker app.

Doha, Qatar to San Francisco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Doha to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Yosemite National Park, United States

— 2 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Las Vegas, United States

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and try to win big at Casino At The Venetian.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas journey website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Las Vegas hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Grand Canyon National Park, United States

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, and stroll around Indian Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -11°C. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Mexico City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, contemplate the long history of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Mexico City takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Mexico City. In December, Mexico City is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Tulum, Mexico

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Mexico City to Tulum in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tulum is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Tulum hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

New Orleans, United States

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Our Sacred Stories, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and walk around New Orleans City Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip tool.

You can fly from Tulum to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Tulum in December, plan for colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Washington DC, United States

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC road trip planning tool.

Fly from New Orleans to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, wander the streets of Times Square, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City travel route builder tool.

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30: