30 days in North America Itinerary

30 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Fly to Chihuahua, Bus to Creel
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Creel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mazatlan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Morelia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aguascalientes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Valles
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tampico, Fly to Veracruz
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Veracruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly

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Creel

— 2 nights
Creel is a town in the Sierra Tarahumara of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On the 2nd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Tarahumara and then head outdoors with Copper Canyon Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Creel online travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Creel is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Creel is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Creel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Mazatlan

— 2 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Machado, admire the striking features of Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then take a stroll through Old Mazatlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): sample some tasty brews at All Over Mazatlan and then kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mazatlan attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Creel to Mazatlan takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Mazatlan sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Visit Zocalo and House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos) for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and Museo de Arte Popular. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, pick up some new knowledge with Memory and Tolerance Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Mazatlan to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Mazatlan - with highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Morelia.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

Morelia

— 4 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico de Morelia and Ex-Convento Santa Martia Magdalena. Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego and Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Catedral de Morelia, contemplate the long history of Palacio Clavijero y Biblioteca Universitaria, make a splash at Villa Longin, and gain insight at Casa de la Cultura de Morelia.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Morelia road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Morelia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in May, you will find days in Morelia are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Guadalajara

— 3 nights

Pearl of the West

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento and Templo de San Agustin. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Panteon de Belen and Parish of St. Peter the Apostle. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip website.

Getting from Morelia to Guadalajara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Guadalajara sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aguascalientes.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Aguascalientes

— 3 nights
Templo de San Antonio and Temple of San Marcos will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ex Convento del Senor del Tepozan and Templo Expiatorio Ave Maria.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aguascalientes trip builder site.

You can drive from Guadalajara to Aguascalientes in 3 hours. In May in Aguascalientes, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Aguascalientes

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Zacatecas

— 3 nights

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro de la Bufa and Vinicola Campo Real. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima and Parish of the Immaculate Conception. Go for a jaunt from Zacatecas to Jerez de Garcia Salinas to see Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zacatecas trip maker website.

Getting from Aguascalientes to Zacatecas by car takes about 2 hours. In May, Zacatecas is little chillier than Aguascalientes - with highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Ciudad Valles

— 3 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Step off the beaten path and head to Huasteca Potosina and MS Xpediciones. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Media Luna. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamtoc Archaeological Site (in Tamuin) and Cueva de Agua (in Aquismon).

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ciudad Valles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zacatecas to Ciudad Valles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Veracruz

— 1 night
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Veracruz journey builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to Veracruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Veracruz sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Veracruz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Oaxaca

— 3 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 28th (Sat), hike along Coyote Aventuras and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of San Antonio Arrazola, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Atzompa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Veracruz to Oaxaca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Veracruz in May, Oaxaca is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Northern Mexico travel guide

4.4
Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Offering an ultimate frontier-land experience, Northern Mexico encompasses a sprawling desert region stretching along the border with the United States. Often called "Lost Mexico" or "Unknown Mexico" because it remains largely ignored by foreign travelers, this area includes Chihuahua, the country's biggest state and the former stomping ground of Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces. Perhaps the biggest tourist attraction in Northern Mexico, the rugged Copper Canyon is familiar to most movie buffs from numerous Westerns. This giant canyon system, deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon, remains one of the wildest and remotest places in Mexico. Other reasons for taking a trip to Northern Mexico are the region's appealing beaches, colonial-era towns, and diverse wildlife areas.

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

4.5
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.