If Paris is too passé for your next international vacation, it’s time to consider a more off-the-beaten path experience. A number of destinations deliver great adventures and excellent value, with fewer tour-bus hordes.
For this ranking, MONEY has scoured its Best in Travel database to identify seven cities that may not be at the top of tourists’ lists—yet—but are packed with incredible things to do, delicious flavors to try, and unique places to stay. (And for more travel inspiration, check out all 17 of the top destinations named in MONEY’s 2017 Best in Travel.)
1. Oaxaca, Mexico
Total Cost of a Week for Two: $1,948
Forget Cabo and Cancun: Mexico’s real gem sits in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. Oaxaca offers the best of everything visitors love about the country: beautiful ruins, colonial charm, markets bustling with handmade crafts, and superb food.