52 days in United States, Canada & Mexico Itinerary

52 days in United States, Canada & Mexico Itinerary

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Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
2
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
3
San Francisco, United States
— 1 night
4
Vancouver, Canada
— 1 night
5
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 1 night
6
Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
7
Toronto, Canada
— 1 night
8
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
9
New York City, United States
— 10 nights
10
Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
11
Miami, United States
— 3 nights
12
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
13
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 2 nights
14
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights

3
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and The LINQ Promenade. Venture out of the city with trips to Wolf Creek Golf Club (in Mesquite) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). There's more to do: shop like a local with The Strip and try your luck at Casino At The Venetian.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Las Vegas, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are colder (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Wolf Creek Golf Club, Historic Route 66 Museum, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore hidden gems such as The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles route planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Mountains, Crystal Cove, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Old Town Temecula
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

1
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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, thendeepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Point, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, trek along Lands End, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Jericho Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Third Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Deep Cove, and finally visit Gastown.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Vancouver by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Vancouver is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Deep Cove
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Jericho Beach ©
Jericho Beach
Third Beach ©
Third Beach
Gastown ©
Gastown

1
night
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Skyline Trail, thentrek along Bald Hills, and then trek along Maligne Canyon. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Whistlers Peak, admire all the interesting features of Highway 93A, and then have a few drinks at Jasper Brewing Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vancouver to Jasper National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect Jasper National Park to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon
Bald Hills ©
Bald Hills

4
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunshine Village and Bow Glacier Falls. Visiting The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Lake Agnes will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, explore the activities along Moraine Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plain of Six Glaciers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Banff National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jasper National Park in December, you will find days in Banff National Park are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village

1
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Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, and then take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Toronto trip maker.

You can fly from Banff National Park to Toronto in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Banff National Park to Toronto. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Toronto, with highs around °C, while nights are much warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District
CN Tower
CN Tower
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), walk around Millennium Park and then explore the activities along Lake Michigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, and finally wander the streets of The Loop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Toronto to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Chicago are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Baha'i House of Worship
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

10
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Popular historic sites such as Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Benmarl Vineyards and Winery (in Marlboro), Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, and contemplate the long history of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Benmarl Vineyards and Winery, Bushkill Falls, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Dumbo
Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 3:
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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site ©

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Washington DC, United States

Washington DC ©
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.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Capitol Hill and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: visit Georgetown and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip planning app.

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Washington DC are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Catoctin Creek Distillery
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Get outdoors at Shark Valley Visitor Center and Anhinga Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bayside Marketplace.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miami travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Miami takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Miami is much hotter than Washington DC - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Everglades National Park
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Visit Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Ek Balam for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Riviera Maya. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Art Gallery Miniature, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Chikin Ha, kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, push the limits with an extreme tour, and view the masterpieces at Arte en Playa.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online route planner.

Getting from Miami to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tulum, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, Ek Balam, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos

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Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aranzazu Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de la Primavera, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of Sacred Art, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Guadalajara trip website.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Guadalajara in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Guadalajara. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Guadalajara, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Bosque de la Primavera ©
Bosque de la Primavera

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Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Byodo-In Temple. Visiting Shark Diving and Kailua Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koko Crater Railway Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Honolulu takes 14.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Honolulu. When traveling from Guadalajara in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Honolulu: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Shark Diving, Swim with Dolphins, Byodo-In Temple
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Swim with Dolphins
Shark Diving

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