Why Go To San Antonio

Davy Crockett may have perished at the Alamo, but San Antonio clings to the Texan pride shown by the "King of the Wild Frontier" and his compatriots in 1836. This modern city's history especially rears its head throughout downtown. In addition to the Alamo, you'll find several other famous missions, all of which are now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. And among the gleaming skyscrapers, the austere San Fernando Cathedral still stands as a testament to the city's religious past.

But, don't be fooled: You don't need a hankering for history to enjoy this city. Families will particularly enjoy the Texas city's theme parks, top-notch museums, professional sports teams and the famous River Walk. What's more, San Antonio is a burgeoning culinary destination, with a selection of its signature Tex-Mex style and an assortment of new barbecue establishments and eclectic upscale eateries. With the array of ways to spend your day, you might have too much to do to "Remember the Alamo."


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

San Antonio is ranked as:

  • #2 in Best Places to Visit in Texas

  • #9 in Best Cheap Vacations in the USA

  • #12 in Best Cheap Winter Vacations

  • #21 in Best Family Vacations in the USA


Best Things To Do In San Antonio


Those seeking a little Texas frontier history are sure to find it here – San Antonio proudly touts sites like the AlamoSan Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Spanish Governor's Palace. The museums, such as the San Antonio Museum of Art, are also not to be missed. This city also makes for a great family vacation – with educational and adrenaline-pumping fun. SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas will thrill both you and the little ones. And no city tour would be complete without a stroll down the River Walk, a 3-mile-long path along the San Antonio River, which hits many attractions.

San Antonio Travel Tips

  • An educated city - San Antonio boasts several institutions of higher education, including Trinity University, San Antonio College and UT-San Antonio, that surround the downtown area.

  • A true taste of Texas - Fiesta San Antonio takes over the entire city for 10 days in April to honor Texan heroes of the past. Visit during the fiesta to get a dose of Texas pride.

  • Mexican influences - Although Texas gained independence from Mexico long ago, Mexican influences abound. The current Mexican-American population is proud of its ancestry and you'll find frequent displays of it in the form of parades, artwork and local cuisine.

  • Be a weekend warrior - An influx of business travelers causes hotel room rates to surge during the week. Stay on the weekend for an opportunity to save big.

  • Check the calendar - Conventions lead to sold-out hotels across town. These travelers probably booked their accommodations months before San Antonio popped into your head as a viable vacation spot. Check the city's tourism bureau website and try to avoid convention-heavy weeks and weekends.

  • Eat around the corner - Restaurants around the River Walk and other touristy areas will have higher prices than those only a few blocks away.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report