Diana Spechler

Mexico’s second-largest city, the capital of Jalisco, offers up a vital art scene, stunning European-style architecture, charming parks, niche museums, folkloric dancing and a culinary landscape that encompasses everything from street tacos to trendsetting international gastronomy. There are contemporary art collectives, violinists on sidewalks and cool used bookstores. The Wixáritari (indigenous people known by most as Huicholes), sell gorgeous hand-strung beading in the marketplaces. And because Jalisco is the birthplace of both tequila and mariachi music, tapatíos (Guadalajara natives) know how to put on a good fiesta — meaning anyone passing through is guaranteed a good time.