From stunning beaches to the festive culture and an attractive culinary scene, Mexico is a fantastic destination for tourists. A land of color and contrasts, the country is a gateway to resort cities and jungles with howler monkeys and parrots. In this country, the majestic mountains transform into remote deserts, and traditional pueblo houses rest near Spanish haciendas. Ruins of Mayan cities also lie surrounding the modern metropolises.
In this article, we have listed the most popular destinations for Mexicans across Mexico and the US.
- Playa Del Carmen
Referred to as “Playa,” the Playa del Carmen is a cozy resort town located in Quintana Roo of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The place once used to be a quiet fishing village that was immensely influenced by European culture. However, the town flourished in recent years and transformed into a lively resort town with beautiful beaches and fantastic entertainment venues. Nevertheless, beyond the attractions, Playa is still famous for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals.
As Playa del Carmen is located within the Riviera Maya region, it happens to be a frequent cruise stop and is within easy reach of popular tourist spots like the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the Xcaret Eco Park. You can also enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
- New York City
New York City is truly a gem of the US. Packed with iconic places, areas, and buildings, the city is famous across the world for its gleaming skyscrapers. In fact, when you are in New York City, you will feel as if you are walking through familiar territory due to how often the city is featured in Hollywood films.
Some of the must-visit attractions in NYC include the “Five Boroughs” – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. This is also a city where various cultures interweave into each other. There’s Koreatown, several Chinatowns, Little Italy, and also communities from Jewish to African American. New York is truly a city that comprises people who have flocked here from all across the world.
When it comes to historical landmarks, there is the Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Ellis Island. NYC is also home to a few famous museums and art galleries like the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History.
Additionally, sports betting and gambling have been approved in the city. Some popular sports betting apps are approved here, meaning more opportunities to have fun, and earn some money as you go.
- Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon got its name from the copper-green color of the canyon walls. Essentially, it is a network of six canyons that, when combined, would be larger than the Grand Canyon in the United States. Resting in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, you will get to witness one of the best sceneries of Mexico when here.
Copper Canyon is also rich in biodiversity and features various species of trees, wildlife, and flowers alongside waterfalls and weirdly shaped rocks like the San Ignacio formations that appear like animals and humans. Traveling to Copper Canyon is also a great way to explore Mexican culture as many traditional Mexican towns surround the area, including Hidalgo de Parall, Urique, Creel, and Batopilas.
- Mexico City
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and also one of the largest cities in the world. It is also home to several ethnic groups from all across the globe. Alongside being a popular cultural and political center in the country, it is also one of the key financial centers in Latin America.
Though Mexico City is devoid of beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do in Mexico. There is the Plaza del la Constitucion, the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the ruins of the ancient Aztec Temple. If you are more into culture and history, the several museums, art galleries, and performing arts centers will keep you entertained. Additionally, don’t forget to visit Chapultepec Park and the Xochimilco Floating Gardens.
- Washington DC
Washington DC is a city that’s popularly known as the capital of the United States and the seat of the federal government. However, there are many things to see and do in this city. A cosmopolitan city, it is home to iconic landmarks like the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Washington Monument. Most of these monuments are located within beautifully landscaped parks and are great to take a stroll or picnic.
The city is also home to several museums, zoos, historic churches, and colonial architecture. A great way to experience Washington is to get on a hop-on hop-off trolley.