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San Antonio

The Texan city known for the Alamo, Tex-Mex cuisine – and being the fastest-growing city in the US – has a few surprises up its sleeve.

The Texan city of San Antonio is a great place to go to bust all those clichés of the Lone Star State. Lying in South Texas, on the San Antonio River, it is surrounded by lush woodland, famed for its nearby springs and lauded for its fine gardens and museums. Founded in the 1690s as a string of Spanish missions, it grew into the largest Spanish town in Texas, before becoming the epicentre of the fight for Texan independence. The Battle of the Alamo – the most famous 'last stand' on American soil – happened here, and its ruins are still San Antonio's top tourist draw.

The countryside surrounding San Antonio is the first surprise. Rather than dusty plains, you'll be greeted by wooded canyons and streams in places like Friedrich Wilderness Park. The nearby springs of Landa Park give you the opportunity to have fun getting wet, 'tubing' on its gentle rapids. And a real scene switch can be had when you visit the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, home to an authentic African Savannah experience in the heart of Texas.

San Antonio is a city proud of its Hispanic roots – the San Antonio Missions National Park is home to its earliest Spanish settlements. It’s also known as the birthplace of chilli con carne, genuine Tex-Mex food, and for its distinctly Texan take on the vibrant dance and music of folklorico. But there are many other cultures in the mix, including Native American, German, Polish and Japanese. You can find out more about them at the Institute Of Texan Cultures. A genuine Japanese experience can be had in the Japanese Tea Gardens Sunken Gardens, in Brackenbridge Park.

This park also includes many other highlights perfect for family trips out, like the San Antonio Zoo And Aquarium, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and especially the 'dinosaurs, heritage and science' mash-up of the Witte Museum. For a fine shopping experience (and even finer culture), head to the city-centre River Walk, running alongside the San Antonio River. This is where you'll find the best shops and restaurants in town – and the amazing collections of the San Antonio Art Museum. Just another of the adventures to be had in Alamo City.


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Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

306 W Market Street, San Antonio
4.6
of 5, from 3,092 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 14-story, Mediterranean-inspired hotel is on the Riverwalk, two blocks from the convention center, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and the Rivercenter Mall, and five blocks from the Alamo.

San Antonio Villa

San Antonio Villa

323 Doña Ana Cove, Helotes
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Helotes, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cedar Creek Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shops of La Cantera and University of Texas-San Antonio. Friedrich Wilderness Park and Palmer Course at La Cantera are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$43
Red Roof Inn San Antonio Lackland

Red Roof Inn San Antonio Lackland

6861 US Hwy 90 W, San Antonio
2.6
of 5, from 471 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Antonio, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Wilford Hall Medical Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Port San Antonio and St. Mary's University. San Antonio SeaWorld and Ingram Park Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$145
Best Western Premier Historic Travelers Hotel Alamo Riverwalk

Best Western Premier Historic Travelers Hotel Alamo Riverwalk

220 Broadway St, San Antonio
4.4
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Travis Park, Alamo, and River Walk. Shops at Rivercenter and Tower of the Americas are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$224
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

111 E Pecan St, San Antonio
3.6
of 5, from 977 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Artpace and River Walk. Alamo and Shops at Rivercenter are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$137
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Downtown

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Downtown

100 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd, San Antonio
3.9
of 5, from 531 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This San Antonio hotel is within one-half mile of Casa Navarro State Historic Park, the Cathedral of San Fernando, Market Square, and the Spanish Governor's Palace.

$100
Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk

Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk

1011 E Houston St, San Antonio
3.4
of 5, from 1,469 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk is a 15-minute walk from both the Alamodome and the eastern end of the San Antonio River Walk, which is lined with restaurants and shops. Guests can learn about the history and myths of the Alamo at the old fort itself, about a half-mile away.

$215
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

150 E Houston St, San Antonio
4.3
of 5, from 1,583 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 12-story hotel occupies a spot in the Riverwalk's historic district and is located along the San Antonio Riverwalk. The Alamo, El Mercado, and Majestic Theatre are nearby.

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