48 days in United States, Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

48 days in United States, Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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Fly to El Paso International Airport, Drive to Las Cruces
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Las Cruces, United States
— 4 nights
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Deming, United States
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad, United States
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque, United States
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe, United States
— 3 nights
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Taos, United States
— 2 nights
Drive to Alamosa, Fly to Kahului
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Lahaina, United States
— 3 nights
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Lihue, United States
— 3 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
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Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 3 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
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Las Cruces, United States

— 4 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Attractions like Lincoln National Forest and Geronimo Springs Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Cruces: Truth or Consequences (Riverbend Hot Springs & Carole Wheeler Dog Park) and Alamogordo (Tularosa Basin Museum of History & White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of San Albino, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Nature & Science, and stroll through White Sands National Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces trip website.

Manchester, UK to Las Cruces is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Las Cruces due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in January: highs in Las Cruces hover around 15°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deming.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Deming, United States

— 2 nights
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, explore the world behind art at Deming Arts Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park, and then learn about winemaking at La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Deming online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Deming takes 1.5 hours. January in Deming sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Deming

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Carlsbad, United States

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Attractions like Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and Brantley Lake State Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Pecos River Flume, and get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Deming to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. January in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Albuquerque, United States

— 2 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally stop by The Candy Lady. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in February, you will find days in Albuquerque are little chillier (16°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Santa Fe, United States

— 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, look for gifts at Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip planning website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in February, with highs in Santa Fe at 12°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Taos, United States

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Family-friendly places like Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area and Angel Fire Resort will thrill your kids. Step out of Taos to go to Taos Ski Valley and see Taos Ski Valley Resort, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, make a trip to Taos Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in February, Taos is slightly colder at night with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Lahaina, United States

— 3 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hana Highway - Road to Hana and Maui Ocean Center. Change things up with a short trip to Iao Valley in Wailuku (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and steep yourself in history at Wo Hing Temple Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Taos to Lahaina takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Taos to Lahaina is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Taos in February; daily highs in Lahaina reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:

Lihue, United States

— 3 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls, and then contemplate the long history of Kilohana.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Lihue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Honolulu, United States

— 4 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Family-friendly places like Waikiki Beach and USS Arizona Memorial will thrill your kids. Step out of Honolulu to go to Kailua and see Kailua Beach Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Diamond Head State Monument, step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu online vacation builder.

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. February in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

Tulum, Mexico

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Family-friendly places like Xcaret and Spas will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum journey builder site.

Fly from Honolulu to Tulum in 18 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tulum due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, stop by Coyoacan, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip maker tool.

Getting from Tulum to Mexico City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tulum in February, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mexico City in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:

Varadero, Cuba

— 3 nights
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Bring the kids along to Varadero Beach and Club ScubAzul. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Parque de la Libertad, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Josone Park, get your bearings at Convention Center Plaza America, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and examine the collection at House of Rum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Varadero trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Varadero in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

Cayo Largo, Cuba

— 3 nights
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo, kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cayo Largo day trip planning site.

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cayo Largo when traveling from Varadero in March, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Havana, Cuba

— 3 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Attractions like Malecón of Havana and El Capitolio make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana journey planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Havana by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Cayo Largo in March, plan for little chillier nights in Havana, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.