14 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
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— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Fly to Memphis


Morelia — 2 nights

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Morelia and Museo Casa Natal de Morelos. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardin de las Rosas and Callejon del Romance. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morelia: Patzcuaro (Santa Clara del Cobre, Templo de la Compania de Jesus, &more). There's much more to do: ponder the design of Fuente de las Tarascas, don't miss a visit to Acueducto de Morelia, shop like a local with Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Morelia trip builder app.

Memphis, USA to Morelia is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Morelia when traveling from Memphis in October, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
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San Miguel de Allende — 3 nights

A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Visit Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo and El Jardin for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Benito Juarez and Colors. Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Queretaro City (Plaza de Armas & El Acueducto De Queretaro). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to MuVarte, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, browse the collection at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende attractions planner.

You can drive from Morelia to San Miguel de Allende in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Guanajuato.
Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Guanajuato — 3 nights

Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato and Dulceria La Catrina. Appreciate the collections at Museo Iconografico del Quijote and Museo de Sitio Mina Valenciana. Change things up with these side-trips from Guanajuato: Leon (Parque Zoologico de Leon & Arco Triunfal de la Calzada de los Heroes). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at El Museo Bocamina San Ramon, don't miss a visit to Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas, and explore the galleries of Taller Elpinchegrabador.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Guanajuato day trip planner.

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato by car takes about an hour. October in Guanajuato sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zacatecas.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Zacatecas — 2 nights

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima, make a trip to Morismas de Bracho, and then examine the collection at Galeria de Nacimientos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zacatecas trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Guanajuato to Zacatecas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guanajuato in October, expect Zacatecas to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 47°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puebla.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Puebla — 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fuertes de Loreto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Africam Safari, then stroll around Zocalo, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip planning website.

You can fly from Zacatecas to Puebla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Puebla are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Natural History Museums
Once the core of a powerful Aztec empire, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast now contains some of the country's most popular tourist destinations, offering a blend of coastal and inland activities. Most Central Mexico and Gulf Coast holidays understandably involve stops at sandy beaches, but if you wish to enrich your experience with a bit of culture and history, don't miss Guanajuato City and Veracruz. While exploring these cities, you can museum hop, get to know the country's arts and music scene, discover numerous historic buildings, and mingle with ex-pats from Canada and the United States. For that ultimate Central Mexico and Gulf Coast sightseeing experience, spend some time exploring the region's World Heritage-listed archaeological sites.

Guanajuato travel guide

Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Granary of the Republic
With well over a third of its area suitable for agriculture, Guanajuato remains the "Granary of the Republic" as a major producer of corn, beans, sorghum, barley, and wheat. A tour of Guanajuato allows you to trace the "Bicentennial Route," originally followed by an insurgent army led by Miguel Hidalgo, one of the leaders of Mexican struggle for independence. Other popular things to do in Guanajuato include exploring historical haciendas and mines, attending local festivals, and visiting the state's thriving cities. Start in the World Heritage-listed eponymous capital, known for its cobblestoned streets, pleasant plazas, and unusual underground roadways.