Vacation San Antonio for a Different Kind of Appeal

San Antonio isn't the first location many people think of when they plan a trip to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is an expanding city in the South of Texas that has managed to keep its historic past in the process. The region close to the city is full of things 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 take a look at, but visitors must pay for parking. This monument, actually was initially built as a mission, was the place where Mexican and Texas troops fought for almost two weeks to gain the rights to this and many other missions in the region.

If you want to take in the other missions in the region, head over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The trail will guide 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 a number of days, with other San Antonio sites to break up the visit.

Riverwalk alongside the San Antonio River is an excellent location to invest some time. Set alongside the banks of the river, it is lined with restaurants, shops, and museums to help you spend your time. If you prefer, you can board a boat and float down the river and see San Antonio from the other side while a tour guide shares intriguing details about the city. La Villita is also situated 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 is home to the largest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with vibrant colors and friendly people selling wares of all sorts. This is an excellent place to come across and buy inexpensive silver and turquoise jewelry, as well as other Mexican specialties like piñatas and candy. Throughout the square, roaming mariachis keep the place alive and feeling fresh, and you can have just as much fun sitting down and relaxing as you can shopping.

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