52 days in United States, Canada & Mexico Itinerary

52 days in United States, Canada & Mexico Itinerary

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52 days in United States, Canada & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
San Francisco, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Vancouver, Canada
— 1 night
train:  13​h 30​min
5
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Toronto, Canada
— 1 night
Ferry + Fly:  9​h
8
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
9
New York City, United States
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Miami, United States
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  5​h 45​min
12
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7​h
13
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
14
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The LINQ Promenade and Casino At The Venetian. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin), Wolf Creek Golf Club (in Mesquite) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). It doesn't end there: have fun at Graceland Wedding Chapel and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas online travel planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Historic Route 66 Museum
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Crystal Cove. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica Mountains, Old Town Temecula, Crystal Cove
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Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then stroll through Lands End, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Lands End ©
Lands End

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jericho Beach, kick back and relax at Third Beach, then steep yourself in history at Deep Cove, and finally take a stroll through Gastown.

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Fly from San Francisco to Vancouver in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in Vancouver: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along Skyline Trail, hike along Bald Hills, and then explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak, cruise along Highway 93A, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Jasper Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Jasper National Park travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vancouver to Jasper National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Jasper National Park. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect Jasper National Park to be much colder, temps between -5°C and -18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moraine Lake and Plain of Six Glaciers. Get in touch with nature at The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Bow Glacier Falls. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, hit the slopes at SkiBig3 Adventure Hub, see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Banff National Park trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Jasper National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from -10°C by day to -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Plain of Six Glaciers

1
night
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, then take a stroll through The Distillery District, and then enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Toronto visit app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Toronto takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Banff National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Toronto, with highs around 2°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan. On the next day, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, then admire the landmark architecture of Baha'i House of Worship, and finally wander the streets of The Loop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Chicago day trip website .

Getting from Toronto to Chicago by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Chicago are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park), Benmarl Vineyards and Winery (in Marlboro) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Catoctin Creek Distillery. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Capitol Hill and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC journey builder tool .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Washington DC sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Catoctin Creek Distillery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Valley Visitor Center and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anhinga Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and shop like a local with Bayside Marketplace.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miami road trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to Miami in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in Miami reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can 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

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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.
Get outdoors at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Skydiving. Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (MiNiAtUrE art Gallery & Cenotes Sac Actun). There's lots more to do: stroll through Chikin Ha, enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and view the masterpieces at Arte en Playa.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miami to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Ek Balam, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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 ©

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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): pause for some serene contemplation at Aranzazu Temple, then delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de la Primavera, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Sacred Art, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip maker site .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Guadalajara in 25 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Guadalajara is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler evenings in Guadalajara when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. USS Arizona Memorial and Byodo-In Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, and walk around Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Guadalajara to Honolulu in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in January, expect nights in Honolulu to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Shark Diving, Swim with Dolphins, Byodo-In Temple, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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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