43 days in Canada, Mexico & New York City Itinerary

43 days in Canada, Mexico & New York City Itinerary

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43 days in Canada, Mexico & New York City Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
Fly:  6​h 30​min
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Vancouver, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Victoria, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Vancouver, Canada
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Kamloops, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Banff National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Calgary, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Edmonton, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Toronto, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  1​h
13
Ottawa, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Montreal, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
15
Quebec City, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
16
Halifax, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
17
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Lima, Peru

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City sightseeing planner .

Lima, Peru to Mexico City is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mexico City when traveling from Lima in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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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nights
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Montejo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, then view the masterpieces at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, and finally explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, then kick back and relax at Celestun, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Merida trip builder site .

Fly from Mexico City to Merida in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Merida is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in April, expect Merida to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay ©
Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Museo Casa Montejo ©
Museo Casa Montejo

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then view the masterpieces at Arto Otra, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ambarte, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Paseo Acoxpa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City road trip planner .

You can fly from Merida to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Merida to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Merida in April, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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National Palace (Palacio Nacional) ©
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©

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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.
Visit Yaletown and Lighthouse Park for their historical value. Let the collections at Museum of Anthropology and Stewart Stephenson Fine Art capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Granville Island and contemplate the long history of Engine 374 Pavilion.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Vancouver takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Vancouver is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in April: highs in Vancouver hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Lighthouse Park
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology
Yaletown ©
Yaletown

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Victoria, Canada

Victoria ©
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Miniature World, then step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle, and finally walk around Beacon Hill Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Victoria trip planner .

Drive from Vancouver to Victoria in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Victoria Butterfly Gardens
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Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle
Miniature World ©
Miniature World

1
night
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
On the 30th (Thu), explore the galleries of Vancouver Art Gallery, take a stroll through Gastown, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Granville Island Public Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vancouver day trip site .

Traveling by car from Victoria to Vancouver takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Kamloops on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Vancouver

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Vancouver Art Gallery ©
Vancouver Art Gallery
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Granville Island Public Market ©
Granville Island Public Market

1
night
Kamloops, Canada

Kamloops
Frequent host of major sporting events, Kamloops calls itself the "Tournament Capital of Canada." Visitors come to watch curling and skating competitions, as well as fly fishing championships, bike races, and hockey tournaments.
For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Kamloops day trip planning tool .

Getting from Vancouver to Kamloops by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Kamloops

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Samson Native Gallery and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Banff National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kamloops to Banff National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Banff National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Canada House Art Gallery ©
Canada House Art Gallery
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum ©
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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nights
Calgary, Canada

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Shop till you drop at Stephen Avenue Walk and Bluerock Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Glenbow Museum and Muk-Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium. Change things up with a short trip to Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery in Cochrane (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cold Garden Beverage Company, and take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Calgary trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Calgary, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Calgary

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery, Muk-Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium, CrossIron Mills, Bluerock Gallery
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Bluerock Gallery ©
Bluerock Gallery
Glenbow Museum
Glenbow Museum
Stephen Avenue Walk ©
Stephen Avenue Walk

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Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Muttart Conservatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Whyte Avenue, then find something for the whole family at Fort Edmonton Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Strathcona. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine Life, buy something for everyone on your list at West Edmonton Mall, then look and learn at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, then get engrossed in the history at Royal Alberta Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Edmonton day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calgary to Edmonton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Edmonton can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Toronto on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Edmonton

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Whyte Avenue ©
Whyte Avenue
Old Strathcona ©
Old Strathcona
Royal Alberta Museum ©
Royal Alberta Museum

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Distillery District and Hockey Hall of Fame. Let the collections at Casa Loma and The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, view the masterpieces at Canvas Gallery, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada, and take a stroll through Kensington Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Toronto day trip planning tool .

Getting from Edmonton to Toronto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Edmonton in May since evenings lows in Toronto dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
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Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum

1
night
Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of White Water Walk, and then admire all the interesting features of Journey Behind the Falls. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Niagara Fallsview Casino and then take in panoramic vistas at Skylon Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip builder site .

You can drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Casinos Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
White Water Walk ©
White Water Walk
Niagara Fallsview Casino ©
Niagara Fallsview Casino
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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nights
Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Let the collections at National Gallery of Canada and Canadian War Museum capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at ByWard Market and Orange Art Gallery. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Canadian Museum of Nature, stroll through Rideau Canal, don't miss a visit to Carbide Willson Ruins, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ottawa sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Niagara Falls to Ottawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight; or drive. In May in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Montreal.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carbide Willson Ruins
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada
Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature
ByWard Market ©
ByWard Market

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Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Notre-Dame Basilica and Biodome de Montreal. Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and Old Port of Montreal will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, take in the exciting artwork at L'Affichiste Vintage Poster Gallery, take a stroll through Rue Ste.-Catherine, and pick up some local products at Jean-Talon Market.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Montreal trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Ottawa to Montreal by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Montreal can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Biodome de Montreal ©
Biodome de Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal ©
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal

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Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City ©
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) and La Citadelle de Quebec. Popular historic sites such as Old Quebec and Morrin Centre are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place Royale, wander the streets of Quartier Petit Champlain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Terrasse Dufferin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Quebec City trip itinerary site .

Getting from Montreal to Quebec City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Montreal in May: highs in Quebec City hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Halifax.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Place Royale ©
Place Royale
La Citadelle de Quebec ©
La Citadelle de Quebec

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nights
Halifax, Canada

Halifax ©
The largest city on Canada's eastern coastline, Halifax boast a rich maritime history and occupies a strategically important location with one of the world's greatest natural harbors.
On the 24th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Properties, admire the striking features of Province House, explore the galleries of Art 1274 Hollis Fine Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, then take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, and finally get lost in a book at Halifax Central Library.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Halifax online vacation planner .

You can fly from Quebec City to Halifax in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Quebec City to Halifax is 1 hour. When traveling from Quebec City in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Halifax: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to New York City.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Laurie Swim Gallery, Twelve Acre Hill Gallery, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Province House ©
Province House
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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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.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Federal Hall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Halifax to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Halifax to New York City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in May, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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