Vacation San Antonio for a Different Kind of Appeal

San Antonio isn't the initial place many people think of when they plan a vacation to Texas, but it should be. San Antonio is an expanding city in the South of Texas that has managed to keep 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.

Those who are familiar with San Antonio will know it as the location of the Alamo. Everyone traveling to the region should stop and visit the location to feel a part of American history at its most basic. The Alamo is free to go to, but visitors 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 many other missions in the region.

If you want to take in the other missions in the region, travel over to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. The trail will lead you to the four remaining missions in the region, easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. The eight mile trek can be completed in one day, or over a number of days, with other San Antonio sites to break up the tour.

Riverwalk along the San Antonio River is a good place to spend 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 fascinating facts 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 biggest Mexican market in Texas. The area is decorated with brilliant colors and pleasant people peddling wares of all sorts. This is a fantastic place to locate and purchase 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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