San Antonio Escapes for a Distinctive Experience

San Antonio isn't the initial location many people think of when they plan a journey to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is a rising city in the South of Texas that has managed to maintain its historic roots in the process. The region around the city is full of stuff to do and see, and is a little out of the way from the crowds of some of the other major cities in this state.

Those who are acquainted with San Antonio will know it as the location of the Alamo. Everyone traveling to the region should stop and visit the location to feel a part of American history at its most fundamental. The Alamo is free to go to, but guests must pay for parking. This monument, actually was originally built as a mission, was the place where Mexican and Texas troops fought for almost two weeks to gain the rights to this and several other missions in the region.

If you want to see the other missions in the region, travel over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The path will lead you to the four remaining missions in the region, very easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. The eight mile trek can be made in one day, or over several days, with other San Antonio sites to break up the visit.

Riverwalk along the San Antonio River is a great location to spend some time. Set along the banks of the river, it is lined with restaurants, shops, and museums to help you spend your time. If you choose, you can board a boat and float down the river and see San Antonio from the other side while a tour guide shares fascinating facts about the city. La Villita is also positioned along the river's banks, a rest spot for soldiers stationed at the Alamo at one time.

Also, be sure and walk through Market Square. This historic area in downtown San Antonio contains the biggest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with vibrant colors and pleasant people peddling wares of all sorts. This is a good place to locate and purchase inexpensive silver and turquoise jewelry, as well as other Mexican specialties like piñatas and candy. All through the square, roaming mariachis keep the place alive and feeling fresh, and you can have just as much fun sitting and relaxing as you can shopping.

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