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By Viator, June 2015

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"Remember the Alamo!" And clearly we do, because around four million people a year visit the site of this famous battle of 1836. But they leave San Antonio having seen a lot more because this is no one-horse town. It's a thriving metropolis, the seventh largest in the USA with a population of over 1.4 million. It's got arts and culture, Seaworld, Spanish mission history, and, to remind you you’re in Texas, one of the country's largest annual Stock Show and Rodeos.

Day 1: Get a Feel for San Antonio

Start your stay in San Antonio by seeing what you came here for: the Alamo. The Long Barracks contains a small museum with paintings, weapons and other artifacts and there is a diorama showing the mission as it was back in 1836. Catch the hop on-hop off trolley there and feel free to hop back on and continue around the rest of San Antonio’s major sites when you’re done with the Alamo. There are the other Spanish missions: Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion, as well as the lively Market Square filled with Mexican arts and crafts, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the San Fernando Cathedral dating from 1738, and La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in town dating from the 1750s and now full of artists and craftspeople, shops and restaurants. For an overview of the city, head up the Tower of the Americas to the observation deck.

Day 2: River Walk

One of the most special things about San Antonio is its River Walk. Also known as Paseo del Rio, it’s a network of walkways along the San Antonio River. The paths connect some of the city’s major tourist attractions including the Alamo, the Ameson River Theater, La Villita neighbourhood, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Running along both sides of the river, the pedestrian zones are lined with shops and restaurants. You can spend the whole day exploring this network, stopping off at the major attractions and wondering what lurks beneath the surface of the muddy river itself. You can even take a riverboat cruise.
 
Day 3: Out of Town

Of course, Texas is about more than just history, shopping, and arts and crafts. It’s also about cattle. And plenty of them. Head out of the city and see for yourself. Visit Stonewall, birthplace of LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States. You can also go to Fredericksburg, where brave German settlers settled on the frontier in the 1800s; the town still has quite a distinct German flavor, especially in some of its fine restaurants.

You might have arrived shouting ‘Remember the Alamo!’ but I’m sure you’ll be leaving yelling ‘Wow, San Antonio!’ And probably with a suitcase full of Mexican arts and crafts.


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San Antonio Grand Sightseeing Tour, San Antonio, null
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San Antonio Grand Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 259 Reviews

Discover the origins of San Antonio on a sightseeing tour featuring sights including the Alamo, A boat ride on the San Antonio River, Mission San Jose, ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.19
Texas LBJ Ranch and Hill Country Tour, San Antonio, City Tours
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Texas LBJ Ranch and Hill Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

The tour begins in the quaint German town of Fredericksburg Texas where you will have time for lunch ( on your own) and shopping along main street lined with ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.33
San Antonio Trolley Tour, San Antonio, Full-day Tours
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San Antonio Trolley Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover San Antonio on a sightseeing tour that travels to the city's top sights. See attractions including the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $26.93
San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of the Americas Admission, San ... 
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of the Americas Admission

4 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Get a complete San Antonio experience at an affordable price with this convenient combo package. Enjoy a two-day hop-on hop-off pass on an old-fashioned ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: Flexible

From USD $44.38
San Antonio 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley and Double-Decker Bus Pass, San Antonio, Hop-on Hop-off ... 
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San Antonio 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley and Double-Decker Bus Pass

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

See the best of San Antonio at your own pace with this 2-day pass to both a hop-on hop-off trolley and double-decker bus. Visit top San Antonio attractions ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: Flexible

From USD $43.25
Alamo Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour, San Antonio, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Alamo Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 18 Reviews

For total flexibility, the Alamo Hop On Hop Off Trolley is the way to go! Discover the best of San Antonio at your own pace. The trolley stops at all of the ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.76
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Delve into a truly unusual museum experience at the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum. Located only two blocks from the Alamo, the Buckhorn ...  Read more

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $22.49

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