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This area of Jalisco is home to about 1,600,000 people.
Mexico City, the national capital, is located 290 miles east of Guadalajara, while Juanacatlan is 16 miles to the southeast.
Hospicio Cabanas is of course, known throughout the world.
Give the kids a treat and enjoy some quality time at Selva Magica and Tobolandia. Want more? The El Trompo Magico and the Museo de Cera are also highly recommended by parents.
The Zoologico Guadalajara is a great place to bring the kids for an exciting morning among big and small critters. Be sure to ask the staff about special events and where to find the zoo's rarer inhabitants.
On the lookout for a bit of excitement? Challenge the blackjack dealer at the Majestic Casino, a bustling venue where the action never stops.
When the weather is fine, grab something for lunch and find a shady nook at one of the pleasant urban parks, such as Metropolitan Park or Parque Agua Azul. Parque Mirador Independencia and Parque Revolucion are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.
If you can get to a high vantage point, the view over Salto del Nogal and Cascada de las Tres Caidas is quite an impressive sight.
If the sun's out, the sparkling, glassy surface of Romantic Lake Chapala is a lovely sight.
You can experience Mother Nature's gifts year-round at Barranca de Oblatos and Mezcala Island. You might also like to take a break at Bosque Los Colomos.
When it's a rainy day out, head to the Museo del Periodismo y las Artes Graficas or the Museo Pantaleón Panduro. Ask about available tours or upcoming events. If you luck out and there isn't anything on, simply enjoy a stroll through the contemplative halls.
See the variety of specimens that are on show while you stroll around the exhibits of the Museo de Arqueologia de Occidente de Mexico.
A hub for lovers of art, this area is home to various gallery spaces in which local and international artists display their work. Pop in to the Museo Huichol Wixarica de Zapopan and the Clemente Orozco Museum for the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. The Regional Ceramic Museum and the Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara are also worth a look if you can fit them in.
How can you possibly negotiate the future if you don't really know the past? Visit the Regional Museum of Guadalajara!
To discover more about the events and people who shaped this place, consider visiting its many historic monuments and buildings. Start your history lesson at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and the La Minerva. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Palacio de Gobierno and the El Acueducto are two more great places to stop by.
The region's spiritual side is evidenced at Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica de Zapopan. Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento and San Pedro Parish are also interesting religious sites.
After touring all of the major points of interest in and around Guadalajara, take the time to visit a few of its lesser-known gems. Rincon del Diablo and the Biblioteca Octavio Paz might be just what the doctor ordered. Also, think about seeing the Jesus Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center and Monte Coxala Spa if you've got the time.
Accommodation in Guadalajara
With 239 different Guadalajara hotels registered on Expedia's hotels guide, you can choose a Guadalajara hotel that provides the optimal amenities for you.
Two options worth checking out are the Hotel Demetria, at Av. La Paz # 2219, Lafayette, and Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel, situated at Lopez Cotilla, 1739. The Quinta Real Guadalajara, Av. Mexico 2727 Col. Vallarta Norte, and the Los Abolengos Grand Class Casona Hotel, Calle Mexico, 138, Centro, are other popular Expedia-listed accommodation choices
No vacation in Guadalajara is truly complete without stopping by Hospicio Cabanas. If you'd like to stay close to this iconic attraction, the Hotel Demetria and the Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel are both within walking distance.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museo de Cera and Plaza de Armas. Hospicio Cabanas and Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Tlaquepaque hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Regional Ceramic Museum, Plaza de Toros El Centenario and San Pedro Parish. Refuge Cultural Center is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Trade Center and Expo Guadalajara. La Minerva and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Chapalita, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Estampida Sculpture and La Minerva. Expo Guadalajara and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This hotel sits in the city's historical district and is 3 blocks from the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Degollado Theater.
Located in Centro, this historic hotel is steps from Biblioteca Octavio Paz, Plaza de Armas, and Metropolitan Cathedral. Hospicio Cabanas and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Palacio de Gobierno, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Plaza de Armas. Hospicio Cabanas and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Financial District, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Andares Shopping Center and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Basilica de Zapopan. Bosque Los Colomos and El Acueducto are also within 3 mi (5 km).