56 days in South Pacific, South America, United States, Mexico & Canada Itinerary

56 days in South Pacific, South America, United States, Mexico & Canada Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Taupo, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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New York City, United States
— 7 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 5 nights
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Vancouver, Canada
— 7 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand — 3 nights

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Auckland Museum. There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get impressive views of Mount Eden, take a memorable tour with Tours, and walk around Cornwall Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. August in Auckland sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Taupo.
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Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Taupo, New Zealand — 1 night

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 26th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online trip maker.

You can fly from Auckland to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 3 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: see the winter wonderland with Browns Ski Shop, push the limits with an extreme tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Santiago.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Santiago, Chile — 6 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Barrio Lastarria. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Vina Santa Rita (in Buin), Vina Undurraga (in Talagante) and Parques de Farellones (in Farellones). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and ponder the world of politics at La Moneda.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santiago driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Queenstown to Santiago in 19 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Cordoba.
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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:

Cordoba, Argentina — 2 nights

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Palacio Municipal 6 De Julio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, then explore the galleries of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor, see the interesting displays at Museo Emilio Caraffa, and then take a memorable drive along Camino de las Las 100 Curvas.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Santiago to Cordoba in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Salta.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Salta, Argentina — 3 nights

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos and Cerro San Bernardo. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, see the interesting displays at Museo de Antropologia de Salta, don't miss a visit to Plazoleta IV Siglos, and stroll around Parque San Martin.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salta online road trip planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Salta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect a bit warmer days and colder nights in Salta, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 5 nights

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Cultural Kirchner and Palermo Soho. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Catedral de la Plata). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Bosques de Palermo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Salta to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salta in September: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Puerto Iguazu.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina — 2 nights

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in September; daily highs in Puerto Iguazu reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 6 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Morro da Urca and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Pedra Bonita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Bento Monastery, engage your brain at Museu do Amanha, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip app.

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in September since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 23°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

New York City, United States — 7 nights

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Brooklyn Bridge Park. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to New York City takes 13 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:

Mexico City, Mexico — 4 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Chapultepec Castle. Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Coyoacan, make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Postal, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City tour itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Mexico City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Mexico City at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Las Vegas, United States — 5 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydiving and Room Escape Games. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Lion Habitat Ranch (in Henderson). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Las Vegas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. In October, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Vancouver.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Vancouver, Canada — 7 nights

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Lynn Canyon Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vancouver: Abbotsford Gur Sikh Temple (in Abbotsford), Steveston Heritage Fishing Village (in Richmond) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Chilliwack). There's much more to do: stroll around Stanley Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Vancouver takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, you will find days in Vancouver are cooler (16°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 15:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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Canada travel guide

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Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.
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