Monterrey, capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, is a sprawling business and industrial center fringed by mountains. It’s overlooked by the Palacio del Obispado, a storied Baroque palace with a regional museum. Downtown lies the Macroplaza, a vast green area of connected squares home to the striking Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and the Faro de Comercio tower, which beams green lasers into the sky.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Monterrey, dating from the 18th century, combines baroque and neoclassical elements. The Paseo Santa Lucía, a manmade river fringed by pedestrian walkways, links the Macroplaza to the nearby Parque Fundidora. This urban park on the site of a former steel plant has an artificial lake, playgrounds and the Arena Monterrey, all set amid chimneys and buildings recalling the area’s industrial past. The Horno Alto 3 Museo del Acero, a museum set in a former blast furnace, details the steel production process. Just outside the center is the huge Cervecería Cuauhtémoc brewery, which dates to 1890.