60 days in North America, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in North America, Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in North America, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 30​min
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San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Chicago, United States
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Washington DC, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Orlando, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
8
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
14
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
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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.
Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Marin Headlands and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Healdsburg), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Presidio of San Francisco, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and contemplate the long history of Fort Point.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online day trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and The LINQ Promenade. Get a sense of the local culture at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and Shelby American Inc. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman), Wolf Creek Golf Club (in Mesquite) and Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Charleston.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 31°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Historic Route 66 Museum, Wolf Creek Golf Club, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Willow Beach
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©

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nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Escape the urban bustle at Lakefront Trail and Grant Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chicago Riverwalk and Holy Name Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the natural beauty at Garfield Park Conservatory, and explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Chicago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Grant Park
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and SoHo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New York City using our trip planner.

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

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Washington DC, United States

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Visit Old Town and Smithsonian Institution Building for their historical value. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Shriver House Museum, Gettysburg National Cemetery, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in April, you will find days in Washington DC are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gettysburg, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Town
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town
Gettysburg National Cemetery ©
Gettysburg National Cemetery

5
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Orlando, United States

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Get some cultural insight at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Step out of the city life by going to Beach at Daytona Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orlando: Circle B Bar Reserve (in Lakeland) and Marine Science Center (in Ponce Inlet). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Orlando trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Washington DC to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ponce Inlet, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Circle B Bar Reserve, Beach at Daytona Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little French Key and Zipline. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at West Bay Beach and Grand Roatan Beach Club. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, view the masterpieces at Waves of Art, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Orlando to Roatan by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Roatan is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orlando in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Roatan, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by La Piskucha, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Salvador, and then delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our San Salvador travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in May, San Salvador is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel ©

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Salvador to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and El Arco Chato. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Iglesia de la Merced. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Panama City tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Popular historic sites such as Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Sao Luis Fortress are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Niteroi (Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca & Costao de Itacoatiara) and Pedra do Elefante (in Marica). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, kick back and relax at Reserva Beach, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online holiday planner .

You can fly from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in May, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Pedra do Elefante
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Igreja Chagas do Serafico Pai Francisco and then stroll through Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo travel route planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, with highs in Sao Paulo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Trails Outdoors
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nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Calle Defensa and Basilica de Lujan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Parque 3 de Febrero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar), Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Playa La Balandra (in Berisso). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, shop like a local with Recoleta, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip site .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basilica de Lujan, Reserva Natural Urbana, Delta El Tigre, Playa La Balandra
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Horseback Riding Tours
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Popular historic sites such as Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Castillo Hidalgo are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vina Undurraga and Food Tours. Step out of Santiago to go to Casablanca and see Bodegas RE, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Grand Santiago Tower, wander the streets of Barrio Italia, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Bodegas RE
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Food Tours
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

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