Since an immense boom in the 1970s, the population of Mexico City has exploded, demonstrating its magnetic attraction to both visitors and locals alike. The city is home to an impressive historic center with colonial architecture, plazas, and churches, as well as other cultural monuments paying tribute to the equally important pre-Hispanic civilizations as well. The city also has a bustling modernity about it with shopping malls, popular hangouts, and delicious cuisine.
Baja California Peninsula
This state capital is known for its government offices, medical school, the Plaza de Toros Calafia Bullring, cinemas, shopping areas, and various delicious restaurants. Come during late October to experience the lively festival that celebrates the city's 1903 founding.
Mérida is the largest city and the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. It is home to nearly one million people and is great base camp for anyone ready to visit the many different archaeological sites that the state has to offer.
Located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Mérida lies the small fishing village of Celestun. Though it is enjoyed by tourists for its hotels and delicious seafood restaurants, the most popular activity here is contracting a boat to see the many colonies of flamingos in the local river.
Originally a coastal fishing village, Puerto Morelos is located 36 kilometers (about 22 miles) from the resort city of Cancun and has gained popularity as a smaller tourist destination with a access to the second largest coral reef in the world.
Though not too rapidly, this small island is gaining popularity as a tourist destination because of its flamingo, pelican, and whale shark watching opportunities.
Gulf of Mexico
Here you will find a vibrant historical city with winding cobblestone streets and picturesque plazas. Many of the above ground passageways are reserved for pedestrians as the bulk of vehicle traffic is directed underground where the local river once flowed. Be sure to visit the house of artist Diego Rivera, which is now a public museum.
San Miguel de Allende
This upscale historic town is known for its mild weather and recent influx of foreign residents, most notably from the United States and Canada. Its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture have inspired artists for ages. Anyone looking for boutiques, art galleries, and local handcrafted goods does not want to miss out on a trip to San Miguel de Allende.
This busy metropolis is a pleasant surprise for tourists with both its historical and modern qualities. It is a great escape from the resort atmosphere with its many parks, monuments, and lush passageways. Guadalajara is a great destination for those interested in a true Mexican cultural experience.
Surrounded by volcanoes and snow-covered mountains, Puebla is another historic city full of Mexican culture and also much diversity. Many Europeans immigrated to Puebla in the late 1800s which led to the creation of some of Mexico's most contrasting monuments and architecture.
Are you looking for a booming city with some great tourist landmarks, such as historic monuments and churches, museums, and even a diverse botanical garden? Come to Toluca and experience impressive art and culture, entertaining music and dancing, and even catch an exciting Mexican soccer game!
Only 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Mexico City lies the beautiful city of Cuernavaca, known for its year-round mild climate and cultural affluence. Here you can find ancient Aztec architecture as well as colonial monuments such as historic churches and palaces.
This historical city is home to an extremely diverse group of people that speak more indigenous languages than in any other region of Mexico. The city follows the typical colonial Spanish layout with a vibrant central plaza, home to the city's most significant landmarks, such as government buildings, museums, churches, parks, and gardens.
Considered the birthplace of Mexican Independence, Querétaro is an animated city offering a wide variety of sites such as elaborate pedestrian walkways and an excellently maintained historical center with lavish gardens and illustrious cultural monuments.
Morelia is yet another energetic city characterized by its superbly maintained historical district and also by its bustling boulevards making this city a true please to stroll through. Here you will find rich parks, fountains, and remarkable cathedrals that will make your trip to Morelia seem too fast.
Famous for its silver industry dating back to even before the arrival of the Spanish, Taxco is located 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Mexico City. The city is a web of winding streets that cuts into the hillside; be sure to catch the local cable car up the hill for a panoramic view of the city.
Visit Teotihuacán to see one of the largest standing pyramids ever built., The Pyramid of the Sun, said to have been completed around the year 100 CE. This once flowing metropolis now exists only in ruins and is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Mexico.
Located in the Northwest of Mexico, Copper Canyon's breathtaking landscapes will leave you truly impressed. This so called canyon is actually made up of six immense gorges spread across thousands of square miles, where you can easily find hiking, horseback riding, and much more.