Best Places to Travel in 2016

Hotel Casa Fayette
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© Undine Pröhl

The 50 biggest, buzziest destinations to visit this year include France’s new culture hub, a revived Hawaiian hideaway, and Mexico’s next great arts city.

2. Guadalajara, Mexico

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Mexico’s second city is a hotbed of creativity, thanks to an ebullient jazz scene, the popular Guadalajara International Book Fair, a prestigious film festival, and a well-supported community of visual artists. The murals alone are spectacular—there are a few by José Clemente Orozco, a contemporary of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, in the Government Palace, and one by Alegria del Prado, a pair known for their electric work, near the University of Guadalajara’s museum of art. There’s a game-changing hotel, too: Grupo Habita’s Casa Fayette, an Art Deco mansion transformed by fashionable design firm Dimore Studio. At its restaurant, try chef Trevor La Presle’s grilled Veracruz snapper with fried garlic vinaigrette. From the balcony of the eighth-floor suite you can look down at the hotel garden—where La Presle grows mint, cilantro, tomatoes, and lettuce—or gaze out over the city’s impressive skyline and antenna-capped Cerro de Cuatro beyond. —Diana Spechler

Hotel Casa Fayette

Best Places to Travel in 2016

2. Guadalajara, Mexico

Mexico’s second city is a hotbed of creativity, thanks to an ebullient jazz scene, the popular Guadalajara International Book Fair, a prestigious film festival, and a well-supported community of visual artists. The murals alone are spectacular—there are a few by José Clemente Orozco, a contemporary of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, in the Government Palace, and one by Alegria del Prado, a pair known for their electric work, near the University of Guadalajara’s museum of art. There’s a game-changing hotel, too: Grupo Habita’s Casa Fayette, an Art Deco mansion transformed by fashionable design firm Dimore Studio. At its restaurant, try chef Trevor La Presle’s grilled Veracruz snapper with fried garlic vinaigrette. From the balcony of the eighth-floor suite you can look down at the hotel garden—where La Presle grows mint, cilantro, tomatoes, and lettuce—or gaze out over the city’s impressive skyline and antenna-capped Cerro de Cuatro beyond. —Diana Spechler

© Undine Pröhl
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