San Antonio Texas Pictures
San Antonio's River Walk has one of the most outstanding outdoor dining experiences in the country. River Walk and The Alamo bring you here and after you experience this city you might not want to leave. The historic Alamo is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Rivercenter Mall and just across the street from downtown. The past and present coexist harmoniously here.
San Antonio Texas
San Antonio Riverwalk, the Alamo, Missions, camping, hotels is a cool place indeed. San Antonio, The Alamo is visited by more than 2.5 million people a year. The Alamo is an old mission where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against the Centralist army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The death of the Alamo Defenders symbolizes courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty, although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. The Alamo is a short distance from the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. It is located at 300 Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, and admission is free.
Jason and Kelly at the Alamo.
After the Alamo the Riverwalk is the most visited attraction in the State of Texas. Riverwalk is the key element of the city's character. Every January the river is drained for cleaning and maintenance giving way to the annual Riverwalk Mud Festival. This is a three-day celebration complete with it's own Queen and King. The celebration is free to the public and includes the favorite Mud Pie Ball, Mud Art Contest, arts and crafts show, parade, and more. Real estate in San Antonio is really hot. Click for more pictures and how we travel and live here for $20 a day.
The Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Above: Boat tour at Riverwalk. The chain of missions was established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century. They are reminders of one of Spain's most successful attempts to extend its New World dominion northward from Mexico. They were the greatest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. The missions were the vanguard for the spiritual conversion of New Spain's native inhabitants. The missions helped advance the empire northward. Contrasted with the military might of the presidio, or the often self-serving policies of civil government, the mission acted as a tempering frontier influence, offering the Indians a less traumatic transition into European culture. The mission trail covers the Alamo, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. Follow the brown mission signs along this quiet drive from one to the other.
Mission San Jose.
Jason's thoughts - I thought this was the most outstanding outdoor dining experience in the country, right up there with San Francisco. If you want quaint tree-lined waterfront streets and cafes to yourself, don't go on the weekend.
Kelly's thoughts - Riverwalk is beautiful. Some areas are quiet and some full of people, so you can pick for whatever mood you are in. I enjoyed seeing the other missions more than visiting the Alamo. The Alamo was so crowded and noisy, whereas the other missions are away from the downtown crowds and you can really relax and enjoy the grounds. The restaurants on Riverwalk are mostly the typical chain restaurants, boring. We asked a local and ate at a delicious Greek restaurant called Demo's which is two miles north of downtown.
Travel info - There is no RV parking around downtown San Antonio. There is, however, a Walmart about four miles south of downtown. We stayed at Traveler's World RV Park on Roosevelt Ave. which is about three miles from the Riverwalk. There is a city bus line that picks up in front of the RV Park to take you to all the attractions. Nearby there is an eight mile trail for hiking and biking
Travel 197 miles west from Houston or 278 miles south from Dallas to visit San Antonio Texas.
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