Amidst the towering buildings and modern urban architecture, San Antonio is still very much rich in its colonial heritage. As the seventh-most populated city in the United States, it comes to no surprise that San Antonio holds a charm not a lot can resist. From 18th-century Spanish buildings to HemisFair Parks's 750-feet Tower of America, the city that once was a part of Mexico is definitely a must-visit on your trip to the United States. Enjoy the sights San Antonio has to offer with the San Antonio Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. The Alamo
The city is home to five 18th-century Spanish missions, including The Alamo and together with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo was founded as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress. It also marks the site of the infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Today, it stands as a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
2. River Walk
Also known as Paseo del Río or simply as the River Walk is a network of walkways along the San Antonio River banks. It is one story beneath the automobile street and is lined with bars, shops, restaurants, public art, and of course, lots of nature. Its history, however, goes beyond just being a famous tourists attraction. After a disastrous flood in 1921, plans were then developed for flood control of the river. One of them was what would become the River Walk.
3. La Villita Historic Arts Village
Located on the South Bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of San Antonio's first neighborhoods. Today, it serves as an art community lines with art galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants. One of the best things about visiting the La Villita is that it's close to other sites you should definitely check out like The Alamo, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Rivercenter Mall, and HemisFair Park.
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