San Antonio Escapes for a Distinctive Experience

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 roots 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 significant cities in this state.

Individuals who are familiar with San Antonio will know it as the location of the Alamo. Everyone traveling to the area should stop and visit the site to experience a part of American history at its most fundamental. The Alamo is free to visit, but visitors must pay for parking. This monument, really 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 area.

If you want to take in the other missions in the area, head over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The path will lead you to the four remaining missions in the area, easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. The eight mile trek can be completed in one day, or over many 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 prefer, 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 located 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 full of brilliant colors and pleasant people selling wares of all sorts. This is a fantastic place to locate and buy 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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