24 days in United States, Playa del Carmen & Cancun Itinerary

24 days in United States, Playa del Carmen & Cancun Itinerary

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24 days in United States, Playa del Carmen & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly:  14​h
1
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Maria, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Diego, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Malta

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary maker.

Valletta, Malta to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Valletta to New York City due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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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.
You've now added Golden Gate Bridge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to San Francisco in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to San Francisco. Traveling from Niagara Falls in July, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Santa Maria, United States

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Monterey Bay has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Maria road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Maria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much hotter days in Las Vegas, with highs around 47°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Page.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
Paris Las Vegas ©
Paris Las Vegas

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, see Off-Road Tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Xaman Ha Aviary, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip builder.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Playa del Carmen in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In July, Playa del Carmen is a bit cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Skydiving
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun road trip website .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cancun are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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