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San Antonio Introduction


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San Antonio, Texas, will forever be associated with the Battle of the Alamo. But the city's Hispanic culture is just as important to its identity. San Antonio is a bit of Mexico, a bit of slick U.S. promotion, and it has an energy that we never get tired of.  Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Antonio Geography


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The San Antonio River serves as a defining city landmark. All five missions are near its banks, with the Alamo being the northernmost of the chain. The River Walk (Paseo del Rio) offers most of its commercial attractions along a horseshoe-shaped bend of the river in the heart of downtown. (The tips of the horseshoe face westward.)   Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Antonio History


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San Antonio's history begins, appropriately enough, with the Alamo. A Franciscan priest founded a mission along the banks of the San Antonio River in 1718 in what is now south Texas. The mission was called San Antonio de Valero, but its name was changed in the early 1800s when a Spanish cavalry unit from Alamo de Parras, Mexico, occupied the mission. The cavalry began calling the mission "Alamo," though it is not known if the men renamed the place for their hometown or for the cottonwood trees (called alamos in Spanish) that lined the riverbank.  Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Antonio Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The Alamo is the city's most widely recognized symbol. Enshrined by Texans as a monument to Texas grit and military bravery, the Alamo was also a Spanish colonial mission—one of five within the city.  Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Antonio Nightlife


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San Antonio has a hardy mix of after-dark options. The South Bank Complex on the River Walk is the most consistent party scene, but there is entertainment beyond the River Walk, too. Trendy types head for the Stone Werks Cafe, and urban cowboys will find beer specials, country music and dancing at Cowboys Dancehall.   Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Antonio Restaurants & Dining


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San Antonio is a Tex-Mex mecca, and natives have been known to experience withdrawal symptoms if away from their favorite eatery for very long. The best tacos still come from street vendors, who unpretentiously roll out fresh tortillas before your eyes, especially during Fiesta or other outdoor festivals.  Click here to see the full San Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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