Invitation to Diverse Charm: Vacation San Antonio

San Antonio isn't the first location many people think of when they plan a journey to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is an expanding city in the South of Texas that has managed to preserve its historic past in the process. The area 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 familiar with San Antonio will know it as the home of the Alamo. Everyone visiting the area should stop and visit the location to experience a part of American history at its most basic. The Alamo is free to visit, but visitors must pay for parking. This monument, really 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 area.

If you want to view the other missions in the area, travel over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The trail will lead you to the four remaining missions in the area, quickly 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 stay.

Riverwalk along the San Antonio River is a fantastic location to invest 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 interesting 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 stroll through Market Square. This historic area in downtown San Antonio contains the biggest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with bright colors and friendly people peddling wares of all sorts. This is a good place to locate 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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