8 days in Mexico & Iowa Itinerary

Make it your trip
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Dubuque, United States
— 2 nights


Mexico City, Mexico — 2 nights

City of Palaces

Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of National Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa Luis Barragan, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City online sightseeing planner.

Sioux City, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Sioux City in March, expect Mexico City to be much hotter, temps between 75°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Mystika Immersive, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen journey builder.

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in March, things will get a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Dubuque.
Theme Parks · Spas · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Dubuque, United States — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Manchester Fish Hatchery and then identify plant and animal life at Bailey's Ford Recreation Area. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, get some fabulous bargains at Freddie's Popcorn Company, and then examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum.

Make your Dubuque itinerary with Klarna Trips to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Dubuque in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in March, with highs in Dubuque at 42°F and lows at 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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Mexico travel guide

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.

Iowa travel guide

The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."