35 days in Canada, Costa Rica & New York City Itinerary

35 days in Canada, Costa Rica & New York City Itinerary

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Banff National Park, Canada
— 5 nights
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Victoria, Canada
— 1 night
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Vancouver, Canada
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly to Buffalo, Bus to Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls, Canada
— 2 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 2 nights
Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Ottawa
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Ottawa, Canada
— 2 nights
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Quebec City, Canada
— 3 nights
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Montreal, Canada
— 2 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada

— 5 nights
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.
Banff National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, stroll through Lake Agnes, and hike along Bow Glacier Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park route maker site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Banff National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in August, Banff National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Victoria.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Victoria, Canada

— 1 night

Garden City

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 7th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, then take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, and then stroll around Mount Douglas Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Victoria tour planner.

Getting from Banff National Park to Victoria by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Banff National Park to Victoria. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Banff National Park in August since evenings lows in Victoria dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Vancouver.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vancouver, Canada

— 5 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Stanley Park, take in nature's colorful creations at VanDusen Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at English Bay Beach, and stroll through Kitsilano Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Victoria to Vancouver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Victoria in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vancouver: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then glide peacefully along the water with Mojo Surf Adventures.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Tamarindo takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Arenal Eco Zoo, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip website.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and walk around The High Line.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to New York City due to the time zone difference. August in New York City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Niagara Falls, Canada

— 2 nights
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.
On the 25th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of White Water Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Journey Behind the Falls, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skylon Tower. On the next day, make a trip to Horseshoe Falls and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls Canada.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, Niagara Falls is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toronto.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Toronto, Canada

— 2 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of The Distillery District, enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, and then make a trip to Harbourfront Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Casa Loma, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Toronto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Toronto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Toronto sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ottawa, Canada

— 2 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Bayou-Outaouais, examine the collection at National Gallery of Canada, and then look for gifts at ByWard Market. On your second day here, explore the activities along Rideau Canal National Historic Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Parliament Hill and Buildings.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Toronto to Ottawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ottawa, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Quebec City.

Things to do in Ottawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Quebec City, Canada

— 3 nights
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.
Quebec City is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quebec, admire the majestic nature at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires, and visit Terrasse Dufferin.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Quebec City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Quebec City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Quebec City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Montreal, Canada

— 2 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and then admire the natural beauty at Montreal Botanical Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreal trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Quebec City to Montreal in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Montreal are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Montreal

Historic Sites · Parks

Canada travel guide

4.6
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.