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After picking up your rental car at Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (GDL), it should only take you about ten to fifteen minutes to get to the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico. From the historic center of town, it's only a short drive to any of the many museums found throughout the area, like the Trompo Mágico children's museum. You’ll also find the Museo de Cera nearby, which features an eclectic collection of wax likenesses ranging from Mother Teresa to Brad Pitt.
Cultural festivals abound throughout the year in Guadalajara, most notably the International Film Festival of Guadalajara. Downtown's Plaza de la Liberación is a perfect example of historic and modern architecture, with plenty of open space for taking a casual stroll. If you get chance, sample a torta ahogada, a local version of a sub sandwich and unique because of its sauce. Travelers should consider a day trip to the nearby towns of Tequila and Amatitan.
Your flight from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to GDL should take about four hours. To unwind once you land, drive your rental car about 30 minutes from Guadalajara to nearby Ajijic, where you can enjoy therapeutic hot springs or a day of boating on Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake.