Go List 201325 PLACES TO GO IN 2013

Mexico City
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Mexico City Buzzy

Direct flights and new cultural attractions beckon visitors to Mexico's sprawling metropolis

Why Go NowA vibrant dining scene and great shopping have made Mexico City an inviting and exciting destination to visit again, following notable reductions in crime and pollution. New draws include the dazzling Museo Soumaya (Plaza Carso branch) and its world-class art collection, but worthy standbys, such as the Museo de Frida Kahlo (the artist's one-time home in Coyoacán) and Museo Nacional de Antropolog√≠a offer fascinating glimpses into Mexico's history and culture. While the capital hasn't tamed its traffic snarls, a cheap and user-friendly Metro helps tourists as well as locals get around quickly. –by Doug Stallings

Where to StayThe venerable Sheraton Maria Isabel was the city's original international chain hotel and still offers excellent service and an incomparable location. But newer luxury brands like the nearby St. Regis Mexico City and the sceney W Mexico City in the Polanco neighborhood are also big draws for international travelers. The boutique Condesa df, in the more residential La Condesa neighborhood, has a rooftop terrace restaurant that is also a great spot for an after dinner drink.

Insider TipInterjet, Mexico's answer to JetBlue, now offers bargain-priced nonstop flights daily from several major U.S. gateways, including Las Vegas and New York–JFK.

Word of Mouth "We spent nine days...in Mexico City, and it wasn't enough time to see and do everything we wanted to," writes Fodorite scdreamer. "I hadn't been to [Mexico City] since the 1970s, so wasn't sure what to expect. I was bowled over by the cultural and anthropological museums, not to mention the art and history...If you're a foodie, Mexico City has everything. We never felt unsafe."

When to Go Spring and fall are usually the best months weather-wise (May through mid-October is the rainy season), but April and May are generally the hottest months, December and January the coldest.

Plan Your Trip Start planning using Fodor's Mexico City Travel Guide.

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