In San Antonio, Texas’ second-largest metropolis, travelers find historic attractions alongside modern hotels and a distinctive San Antonio culture, influenced by Texas ranchers, Mexican pioneers and German settlers.
Visitors are called to “Remember the Alamo,” the first mission in the city and site of the historic 1836 battle against Santa Ana’s overwhelming Mexican forces. Nearby, La Villita, the oldest section of San Antonio, offers hotel guests the chance to explore unique shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, Mission Trail leads to four other noteworthy missions: San Jose, Concepcion, San Juan and Espada.
The lively River Walk area undoubtedly serves as the soul of the city, meandering through downtown San Antonio amidst hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Guided river tours offer a taste of the town, or stop by Casa Rio, the first business to open its doors on the River Walk, for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. Market Square showcases Mexican food and merchandise, and the long-standing Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery is an essential stop for visitors.
Away from the river, visitors find plenty of entertainment at SeaWorld San Antonio, HemisFair Park, the Alamodome and the unique Quarry Golf Course, whose back nine holes are situated inside a 100-year-old quarry pit.