The canals and chinampas (artificial islands) here are what’s left of an extensive system, built during pre-Hispanic times, that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico. Now a World Heritage Site, the area is worthwhile (short) detour from the city center for adventuring on a beautiful day. Ask your hotel to book you a guide for a ride in a trajinera, a colorfully decorated flat-bottom boat, along the canals. Onboard you’ll have live mariachi performances, food, and drinks. Also in town: The Dolores Olmedo Museum (Avda. México 5843; 52-55/5555-0891; museodoloresolmedo.org.mx), housed in a stone structure dating from the 16th century, has the greatest Diego Rivera collection in the city and some beautiful paintings by Frida Kahlo.

Avda. Mercado 133Mexico City, Mexico

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

This magnificent opera house, completed in 1934, hosts a wide range of permanent and temporary fine art exhibitions.
Centro Histórico
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Mexico City is full of bustling markets, but the Mercado de San Juan and Mercado Roma offer two of the best (and pleasantly contrasting) experiences.


Only 25 miles outside of Mexico City sits a Mesoamerican settlement that at one time was the largest metropolis in the pre-Columbian Americas.
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Plaza Carso

This huge development in Nuevo Polanco includes excellent cafes, shops, and restaurants, and two of the most spectacular museums in the city.
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Museo del Templo Mayor

The ruins of the Great Temple, once the center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, offer a thought-provoking lesson on the rise and fall of empires.
Centro Histórico
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One of the most important contemporary-art spaces in the country, this acclaimed gallery represents the work of Mexico’s rising art-world stars.
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Local Design Museums

Brush up on Mexico's homegrown design heroes at several institutions around town.

Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL)

The imposing Neoclassical façade of the Museo Nacional de Arte is impressive enough, but what is kept inside is truly jaw-dropping.
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Chapultepec Park

The 1600-acre Bosque Chapultepec is the metropolis's answer to Central Park, a vast green space at the heart of the city with leafy rambles and noteworthy stops.
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