With temperatures plunging across the U.S., sunny weather can't get here fast enough! That tends to cue many people to travel this time of year in search of warmer weather.
Some want to sip Mai Tai's beachside on a dreamy Caribbean beach, while others may desire a more cultural experience.
No matter which type of trip you prefer, Mexico has it all. Cancun, Los Cabos and the massive city of Mexico City always crack the top 5 most popular destinations in Mexico each year.
Vacationers seeking a sunny beach escape can choose between Cabo and Cancun, but those wanting a sunny metropolis full of endless sights and cultural experiences should come to Mexico City this winter.
This gigantic urban sprawl is a draw any season, but many choose to visit in winter as it's a great time of year to explore this phenomenal city.
No Beach Needed For This Sunny Destination
Mexico City rarely gets too hot, but to avoid the rainy season, one of the best times to visit is winter. It may be even more fun with all the holiday festivities, but the city is nonstop action even after the calendar flips over to a new year.
Tourists may find early mornings and nights to be chilly, but so are many beach destinations right now.
Mexico City is perfectly suited for winter travel with a mild climate. Temperatures often hit highs in the 70's and lows in the mid-40s, according to Weather Spark.
Given its enormous size, Mexico City is best explored with a plan in mind. X neighborhood at this time and Y neighborhood at that time.
Although easily walkable, there's no way to cover it all, even as joyous as the city is to be outside perusing street markets, enjoying restaurant patios, and taking in Chapultepec Park – one of the largest city parks in Latin America.
Easy To Maneuver Despite Traffic
There's nothing worse than taking a trip and having unexpected speed bumps in your itinerary.
One common complaint among locals is the seemingly neverending heavy traffic, which obviously comes with the territory of being a huge city.
Uber is great for short rides, but the metro system is super cheap and reliable to zip around underground to get where you want to go – even to/from the airport.
There are so many historic neighborhoods, along with more modern trendy ones, to pay a visit. The metro can be used to go to a majority of them.
Whether you're in the heart of the Zocalo, upscale Polanco, or the hip neighborhood of Condesa, they're all easy to reach with pocket change.
Getting around shouldn't slow you down too much to visit high-end museums, lucha libre matches, or taco stand-hopping.
Safety can be a concern when traveling, but the metro is very safe. Of course, it's important to remain aware of your surroundings.
The metro has dedicated trains for women and children, which should ease your worries.
Outdoor Attractions Outside The City
Why take a winter trip to escape the cold if you're not going to enjoy the outdoors? Mexico City's spring-like weather will have you wanting to be outside most of the day.
The city itself is a perpetual playground, but there are absolute musts on your Mexico City to-do list away from the action.
The first is the ruins of Teotihuacan, which are about an hour away by bus. Even with hordes of tourists, this massive site has enough space for you to delight in ancient history.
Hiking the pyramid is not for the faint of heart, but taking in the views from ground level or atop ruins dating back centuries, visiting Teotihuacan will be one of the highlights of your trip.
Another must-see is the quaint town of Xochimilco, easily accessed by metro. The town itself offers shops and cozy restaurants, but the main appeal is taking a guided ride aboard the colorful trajineras.
Whether going full circle back to where you started or the creepy Island of the Dolls, you are sure to have a blast indulging in floating taco and Michelada boats with Mariachis performing along your scenic journey along the Floating Gardens.
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