The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
In 2008, the beautifully preserved colonial center of San Miguel de Allende, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobblestoned streets designed more for pedestrians and burros than modern cars, lead past centuries-old churches, squares and gardens. Colorful "bolsas" hang in shop doorways and people from around the world enjoy a "cafe con leche" at a sunny sidewalk cafe. Over it all, towers the pseudo-Gothic pink stone Parroquia church, the anchor of the "Jardín Principal," the town's main square that acts as everyone's open-air living room.