Most tourists fly right over the deserts of Northern Mexico and miss out on Mexico’s most northern states of Baja Norte, Sonora and Chihuahua. Those tourists miss out on the intense beauty of Mexico’s Sonoran Desert, where the “Desert meets the Sea of Cortez” and the wide open spaces of Chihuahua which is home to many of Mexico’s most impressive natural attractions. The Copper Canyon of Chihuahua state is a UNESCO Heritage Site and rivals any canyon park in the United States. As of yet, it still seems to be off most adventurer’s radars; and yet, it is the spot for of some of the best mountain biking in the world, as well as hiking and rock climbing. Relax in the Recohuata Hot Springs of Tararecua Canyon after to soothe aching muscles. Basaseachi and Cumbres de Majalca National Parks are also beautiful places for a hike or climb, with high waterfalls and miles of forests. Northeast Mexico is home to some more populated regions, too, such as the industrial center of Nuevo Leon and the mining capital of Coahuila. Monterrey in Nuevo Leon is a large, modern city which has a different flavor from most other Mexican cities. There’s not much Mexican tradition left here! You will see more modern architecture than colonial. Yet, this business-focused metropolis does have a burgeoning art scene and some deluxe hotels on the water. It might just be the perfect counterpoint to a couple of days spent roughing it in the deserts and canyons to the north. Sonora is the most northern state of Mexico and is bordered by Arizona to the north. Its western border is about 700 miles of coastline along the Sea of Cortez! This diverse and rich sea has been called “the world’s aquarium” and is virtually unmatched in its abundant sea life. Here you will discover the seaside towns of Puerto Penasco, Kino Bay and San Carlos. Sonora is a mystical place where the Yaqui, Mayos, Papago and Seri Indians still retain much of their folklore and timeless traditions. The Route of the Missions gives voice to a land which at one time was so completely influenced by the Jesuit intrusions; and yet today their white-washed missions often stand eerily silent in the desert. Here is Mexico’s most northern colonial town, Alamos, which is an old silver mining town with a well-preserve, rich history. And, Sonora is also home to the incredible Altar Desert and Biosphere Reserve. The farthest northwestern part of Mexico is the Baja Norte. Here Mexico is nearly split by the Sea of Cortez and Mexico’s Baja sits as a peninsula. On its eastern coast is San Felipe, just 65 miles across the sea from Puerto Penasco. While on the pacific side of the Baja are the beach towns of Ensenada and Rosarito Beach. These are popular weekend retreats for many California residents. When you are considering a visit to Mexico, don’t neglect Mexico’s northern states. Here you will discover natural beauty and Mexican history which will leave you in awe.