27 days in Texas & Mexico Itinerary

27 days in Texas & Mexico Itinerary

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27 days in Texas & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Roanoke, United States
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
South Padre Island, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Fredericksburg, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Antonio, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Roanoke, United States


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2
nights
South Padre Island, United States

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then stop by Seas the Day. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island day trip app .

Roanoke to South Padre Island is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Roanoke to South Padre Island, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Roanoke in June, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Fredericksburg, United States

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of the Pacific War and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Get out of town with these interesting Fredericksburg side-trips: Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop (in Leakey) and Lone Star Motorcycle Museum (in Vanderpool). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Charles Beckendorf Gallery, experience rural life at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and learn about winemaking at Fiesta Vineyard & Winery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fredericksburg using our trip planner.

Drive from South Padre Island to Fredericksburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fredericksburg, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop, Lone Star Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
San Antonio, United States

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then stroll through The San Antonio River Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at San Antonio River. On your second day here, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friedrich Wilderness Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in San Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

1
night
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 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia). Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mexico City day trip site .

You can fly from San Antonio to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in Mexico City to be slightly colder, around 56°F, while days are much colder, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Faith Colectiva. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Nuevo Vallarta, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Eccentrica, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 89°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chileno Beach and Marina Cabo San Lucas. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), stop by Caboholic Store & Activity Center, don't miss a visit to Tomas Spangler Photography Gallery, and partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

2
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Amazing Cozumel Race and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, head outdoors with Paradise Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in July, Cozumel is a bit cooler at night with lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and La Llorona. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Sat) at Xel-Ha. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, stroll through Playa Paraiso, contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote, and take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tulum are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Guadalupe Chapel. Explore Isla Mujeres' surroundings by going to Cancun (Swim with Dolphins & La Isla Shopping Village). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), get interesting insight from Garrafon Natural Reef Park, delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres online travel route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cancun
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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