Vacation San Antonio for a Different Kind of Appeal

San Antonio isn't the initial location many people think of when they plan a vacation to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is a growing city in the South of Texas that has managed to preserve its historic past in the process. The region close to 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.

Those who are acquainted with San Antonio will know it as the location of the Alamo. Everyone traveling to the region should stop and visit the area to experience a part of American history at its most basic. The Alamo is free to go to, 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 secure 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 path will guide you to the four remaining missions in the region, easily 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 an excellent 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 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 friendly people peddling wares of all sorts. This is a fantastic place to locate and obtain 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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