Vacation San Antonio for a Different Kind of Appeal

San Antonio isn't the initial place many people think of when they plan a trip to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is a rising city in the South of Texas that has managed to retain its historic past 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 major cities in this state.

Individuals who are familiar with San Antonio will know it as the location of the Alamo. Everyone visiting the area should stop and visit the location to feel a part of American history at its most fundamental. The Alamo is free to go to, 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 secure the rights to this and several 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 guide 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 many days, with other San Antonio sites to break up the stay.

Riverwalk alongside the San Antonio River is an excellent place 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 desire, 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 travel through Market Square. This historic area in downtown San Antonio is home to the biggest Mexican market in Texas. The area is full of brilliant colors and pleasant people selling wares of all sorts. This is a great 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 down and relaxing as you can shopping.

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