35 days in United States, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

35 days in United States, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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35 days in United States, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  19​h 45​min
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Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
2
Phoenix, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
El Paso, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Chihuahua, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Durango, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
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Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
9
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
10
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
12
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
14
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
15
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, expect Los Angeles to be cooler, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Phoenix, United States

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Phoenix are warmer (48°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (34°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Room Escape Games
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Balloon Rides
Room Escape Games

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El Paso, United States

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza and then take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read El Paso trip planner.

Getting from Phoenix to El Paso by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get a bit cooler in El Paso: highs are around 42°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chihuahua.

Things to do in El Paso

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook
San Jacinto Plaza ©
San Jacinto Plaza

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Chihuahua, Mexico

Chihuahua ©
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de la Ciudad de Chihuahua, MX.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chihuahua road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Paso to Chihuahua. Traveling from El Paso in July, expect Chihuahua to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Durango.
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Durango, Mexico

Durango ©
Durango is known for historic sites, museums, parks, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Constitucion, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Funerario Benigno Montoya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Durango, and admire the striking features of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango itinerary builder app .

Getting from Chihuahua to Durango by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Chihuahua to Durango due to the time zone difference. In July, Durango is slightly colder than Chihuahua - with highs of 34°C and lows of 16°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toMexico City.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Museums
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Calle Constitucion ©
Calle Constitucion
Parque Fundidora de Ferreria ©
Parque Fundidora de Ferreria

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durango to Mexico City. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Coatzacoalcos.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Coatzacoalcos ©
Coatzacoalcos is a major port city in the southern part of the Mexican state of Veracruz, on the Coatzacoalcos River. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Plaza Forum Coatzacoalcos and then take in the waterfront at Malecon de Coatzacoalcos.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coatzacoalcos online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mexico City to Coatzacoalcos. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Coatzacoalcos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Coatzacoalcos

Museums Shopping
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Olmeca Archaeological Museum ©
Olmeca Archaeological Museum
Plaza Forum Coatzacoalcos ©
Plaza Forum Coatzacoalcos

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Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cancun online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Coatzacoalcos to Cancun takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coatzacoalcos to Cancun. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Altun Ha, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, and then pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Moho Chocolate.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Belize City online tour builder .

Fly from Cancun to Belize City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Belize City due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo, Moho Chocolate
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo, get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally don't miss a visit to Relief Map. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, then buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, then contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Belize City to Guatemala City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Belize City in July; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Casa Santo Domingo Museums
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional

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San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and then delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read San Salvador trip planner .

Getting from Guatemala City to San Salvador by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in July, with highs in San Salvador at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Monseñor Romero Center ©
Monseñor Romero Center

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Tegucigalpa is known for parks, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Nacional de Arte, see the interesting displays at Museo para la Identidad Nacional, and make a trip to Parque La Concordia.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tegucigalpa online tour planner .

Getting from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa by car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from San Salvador in July, you will find days in Tegucigalpa are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Parks Nature Museums
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Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park ©
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Parque Nacional La Tigra ©
Parque Nacional La Tigra

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Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Revolucion, then make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Loma de Tiscapa. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Managua online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tegucigalpa to Managua in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Granada
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Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and finally make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take a memorable tour with Top Travel Costa Rica, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Managua to San Jose in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 31st (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Casco Viejo, then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San José.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Panama City travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Panama City is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in July, expect Panama City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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