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 an expanding 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 things to do and see, and is a little out of the way from the crowds of some of the other significant cities in this state.

Individuals who are familiar with San Antonio will know it as the home of the Alamo. Everyone visiting the region should stop and visit the site to experience a part of American history at its most fundamental. The Alamo is free to take a look at, but guests 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 region.

If you want to see the other missions in the region, travel over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The trail will guide you to the four remaining missions in the region, quickly 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 alongside the San Antonio River is a fantastic location to spend 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 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 travel through Market Square. This historic area in downtown San Antonio is home to the largest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with brilliant colors and pleasant people selling wares of all sorts. This is a fantastic place to find 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 and relaxing as you can shopping.

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