San Antonio

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  • 1. River Walk

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    The Paseo del Rio is the city's (and the state's) leading tourist attraction. Built a full story below street level, it comprises about 3...Read More

  • 2. The Alamo

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    At the heart of San Antonio, this one-time Franciscan mission stands as a repository of Texas history, a monument to the 189 Texan volunteers...Read More

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  • 3. The Pearl Brewery District

    Downtown | Historic District/Site

    The newly revitalized Pearl Brewery, now known as The Pearl was originally established in the 1880s by the Pearl Brewing Company, a Texas original...Read More

  • 4. Casa Navarro State Historic Site

    Downtown | Building/Architectural Site

    A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, lawyer and legislator José Antonio Navarro built these three limestone, brick, and adobe...Read More

  • 5. Institute of Texan Cultures

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Beyond the Tower of the Americas, this interactive museum affiliated with the University of Texas focuses on the 25 ethnic groups who have made...Read More

  • 6. La Villita Historic Arts Village

    Neighborhood/Street

    Meaning Little Village, La Villita Historic Arts Village a prime place for shopping and entertainment, was the original settlement in Old San...Read More

  • 7. Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum/Ripley's Believe It or Not!

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum/Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Plaza Wax Museum depicts the famous, from Jesus to John Wayne. Many figures...Read More

  • 8. Menger Hotel

    Downtown | Hotel–Sight

    After you visit the Alamo, stop by this adjacent 1859 property. It's San Antonio's most historic lodging, and offers a history book full of...Read More

  • 9. Old Spanish Trail

    Trail/Path

    San Antonio's Gunter Hotel served as headquarters when the southern U.S. transcontinental highway was built in the 1920s. Named the Old Spanish...Read More

  • 10. San Antonio Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Are your kids getting bored with the Alamo? Then head to the San Antonio Children's Museum, where they can provide energy to run the museum...Read More

  • 11. San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The museum houses choice collections of pre-Columbian, American Indian, and Spanish colonial art, as well as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center...Read More

  • 12. San Fernando Cathedral

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Still an active parish, San Fernando's was built in 1738 by the city's Canary Island colonists. Later, Mexican general Santa Anna raised a flag...Read More

  • 13. Skies Over Texas 4D Theater Ride

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Included in the Tower of the Americas admission price is a ticket to the Skies Over Texas 4D Theater Ride, a multi-sensory movie experience. ...Read More

  • 14. Southwest School of Art

    Downtown | Store/Shop/Mall

    The school is housed in the former Ursuline Academy, which in 1851 became the first girls' school in the city. The long halls of the once busy...Read More

  • 15. Spanish Governor's Palace

    Downtown | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The beautiful 18th-century seat of Spanish power in Texas has period furnishings throughout its 10 rooms. Relax on the cobblestone patio and...Read More

  • 16. The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    In 1881 the Buckhorn Saloon opened as a Texan watering hole, and Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are said to have been among its patrons...Read More

  • 17. The Museo Alameda

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The Museo Alameda, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution (its first formal affiliate outside Washington, D.C.), uses a series of permanent...Read More

  • 18. Tower of the Americas

    Downtown | Park/Playground

    Come here for the views, including dining with a view. The 750-foot tower, which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2006, features...Read More

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