Guadalajara is said to be the birthplace of the mariachi band and tequila!
Where to stay: Every room at the elegant and charming boutique hotel Quinta Real Guadalajara (from $200) is adorned with Mexican art and colonial furniture.
Eat here: Dine beneath the stars at La Fonda. Or, for some really fast food, order Carne en Su Jugo, the signature steak soup at Karne Garibaldi.
Must-dos: Stroll through Parque Agua Azul, Guadalajara’s major 40-acre park. You can even walk through a live butterfly collection. Plaza del Sol is a hub to shop and dine.
Photo courtesy of Quinta Real Guadalajara