Mexico City, Mexico
Ticket price: $292
Even after a glowing endorsement from the Times as the number one destination to visit, airfare to Mexico City is still super-affordable. This cultural powerhouse continues to delight international travelers with its excellent food scene, juxtaposition of Aztec ruins right next to classical Spanish buildings, plus more than 1,500 museums and galleries, great architecture, music, and nightlife.
What to do: Visit the Zócalo, or the central plaza, which is full of impressive structures, such as the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral. Then wander past the Palacio Nacional, the Federal Treasury, and the Nacional Monte de Piedad. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is another gorgeous building just off the Zócalo and is home to large-scale murals painted by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Grab a hot chocolate and a churro from nearby restaurant El Moro.