The Little Gem In the Lone Star State

Author: Zak Lodhi

For the first time in a while, vacations are back on! It might have been a second since you’ve gotten to leave the house, even longer since you’ve been out of state. So if you need a new vacation location, take our recommendation. San Antonio, Texas, is a fantastic city for sightseeing. Most famously known as a slice out of cowboy history, San Antonio has a lot more to offer than just the Alamo.

The true centerpiece is the San Antonio River Walk. Stroll, Dine, or Cruise along with the ever-flowing heart of this Texan town. Stone walkways and restaurants aline every available side of this river. Most people come down here for a stroll or enjoy a meal on one of the outdoor patios. One of the most relaxing ways to experience the River Walk is from the comfort of a barge on a guided tour or dinner cruise. These barges can carry up to 40 people, and dinner cruises are offered. The Riverwalk is the beating heart of the city, but the part of San Antonio everyone knows is quite famous.

When you’re in San Antonio, you may want to tour the Alamo. The Alamo is one of the most historic sites in the United States and a must-see attraction if you visit San Antonio. Established in 1718, its church, the famous structure, was built in 1744. It wasn’t until 1836, however, that the site would enter forever into America’s consciousness. The Battle of the Alamo, one of the most famous battles in US history, defended by Davy Crockett and James Bowie in a battle that some estimate may have lasted only 20 minutes. You can tour the historical site today and learn why the phrase “remember the Alamo” has become a battle cry of Texas.

Speaking of religious sites, the San Fernando Cathedral should be on your list. Made famous by being the burial site of the Alamo’s heroes, this is one of the oldest cathedrals in the US. A 7,000 square-foot projection highlights the history and progression of San Antonio through a fantastic display of colorful images and Surround Sound. If you are looking for something to do at night in San Antonio, this should be on your list.

A fun outage when you’re in San Antonio can be to visit the CIA. Not the CIA you’re probably thinking of, however. San Antonio city distinguishes being one of three Culinary Institute of America (CIA) campuses in the United States. The CIA offers classes and unique programs for food enthusiasts who want to become better cooks and short Culinary Boot Camps for different types of culinary interests and individual cooking classes.

Taking our city tour back to the river walk, if you drive just 10-minutes away, you can find another bastion of nature—the Japanese tea garden. A former rock quarry, this area has been transformed into a peaceful garden with exotic plants, ponds with Koi, waterfalls, and the lovely stone Pavilion. Walkways meander through the gardens, and the entire place is also conveniently located near the zoo.

There are many more places to discover in San Antonio, including the Natural Bridge Caverns, the Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines, and many historic parks and museums. This has been your starting line! So go out and explore San Antonio, starting with this list of landmark locals and going even further beyond! Happy trails!


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