As one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States, there's a palpable sense of excitement in San Antonio. Situated on the border of South Texas and Central Texas, this city blends different cultures and eras in a way that has proven irresistible to visitors. Find out what makes the city so charming by hitting up these locations when you vacation in Alamo City.
What to do
San Antonio's most famous tourist attraction is the Alamo, the site of the famous 1836 battle during the Texas Revolution. There's more to see than just the iconic Spanish church, though, and for $15 a person, visitors can tour the entire battlefield tour. For more information on this one-hour guided walking tour through the outline of the original fort, go to http://thealamo.org/visit/tours/battlefield/index.html.
Other must-see historic landmarks include the beautiful Mission San Jose, the city's most restored mission, and Historic Market Square, a festive indoor mall that claims to be the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico.
After experiencing the city's rich history, take a stroll through its vibrant present on the San Antonio River Walk. Whether you are looking for bars, restaurants, shops or simply sightseeing, the River Walk is a great way to explore the area.
Where to stay
The Mokara Hotel & Spa has been ranked the best hotel in San Antonio by "U.S. News," thanks to its ideal combination of a convenient downtown location and spacious rooms with luxury amenities. With relaxing spa treatments, delicious seafood at the hotel's Ostra restaurant and great views from the hotel's rooftop pool, there are lots of benefits to booking at Mokara. For that extra perk, reserve a Riverview Room, which will include a private balcony with views of the nearby River Walk. You can book your stay at https://omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio-mokara.
Across the river from Mokara is the Omni La Mansion del Rio, a historic hotel originally built in 1852 as a school. With a classical feel and a friendly staff, the Omni also provides a great mix of old-world charm with a convenient downtown location. Not to mention, the food at the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant is a major advantage. Find more information at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio-la-mansion-del-rio.
Where to eat
As you might expect, San Antonio has more than its fair share of Tex-Mex restaurants to offer. And it should be no surprise that the city's signature dish is "puffy tacos," which are made with corn tortillas that have been fried to plumpness. There are countless establishments that sell puffy tacos in the city, and endless debates about which is truly the best, but Ray's Drive Inn (https://facebook.com/RaysDriveInn/) seems to have the most supporters.
Barbecue is another Texas staple that's done right in San Antonio. One of the best BBQ joints in the city is Augie's Barbed Wire (http://augiesbbq.com/), which has locations downtown and in Brackenridge Park. "Thrillist" recommends ordering the two-meat plate with brisket and jalapeno sausage, but also advises arriving early, since Augie's sometimes runs out of the more popular cuts of meat.
If you get a hankering for food during the wee small hours of the morning, stop in to Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia (http://mitierracafe.com/), a 24-hour Tex-Mex mecca in downtown San Antonio. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this lively cafe and bakery is an especially great dessert destination, thanks to its late hours and delicious vanilla flan.
From iconic landmarks to Tex-Mex specialties, there are many things to see and experience in the city of San Antonio. Be sure to use this guide as you plan your own trip to the popular Texas town.