Invitation to Diverse Charm: Vacation San Antonio

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 retain its historic roots in the process. The area around 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 main cities in this state.

Individuals who are acquainted with San Antonio will know it as the home of the Alamo. Everyone traveling to the area should stop and visit the area to experience a part of American history at its most basic. The Alamo is free to visit, 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 a number of other missions in the area.

If you want to take in the other missions in the area, travel over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The path will guide you to the four remaining missions in the area, 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 tour.

Riverwalk along the San Antonio River is a great 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 prefer, 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 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 contains the biggest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with brilliant colors and friendly people peddling wares of all sorts. This is a fantastic 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 spot alive and feeling fresh, and you can have just as much fun sitting down and relaxing as you can shopping.

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