Monday, March 03, 2008

San Antonio: Speckled Attractions

San Antonio is located about 200 miles from Houston, and it is one of the most popular destinations within Texas. It is well known for its various attractions: the attractive River Walk, “El Alamo” (that represents the battle where Texas became independent from Mexico, March 6, 1836), and its cultural and historic museums (El Alamo Museum, Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, among others).

Its historic district is very picturesque due to the Spanish architectonic influence. The Alamo Plaza is located in the heart of the historic district, where the Spanish Mission, and the chapel that hosts the Museum of Historic Artifacts are located. At the Plaza, one can also find a gigantic Alamo, whose smell is so pungent that it does not go unnoticed. In fact, one can probably reach the plaza by trying to find the source of that strange aroma.

“A block away from the Alamo Plaza, you can relive the historic Battle of the Alamo in the IMAX Theater of San Antonio’s Rivercenter and in the special effects theaters watching ‘Texas Adventure’,” according to Mile Leco from USA Tourist.

After visiting the museums and the historical part of the city, one should move over to the River Walk to take a break and relax while observing the boats floating down the river (if you happen to visit San Antonio during Christmas, you might be able to hear the chorus signing Christmas carols from the gongolas). If you happen to have time, it is a great idea to have a drink in one of the bars right on the Riverside or to take a boat ride down the river.

It is important to highlight, that San Antonio is not just a touristy destination. It also has a very active night life with various bars and live music.

Even if you travel in July or August (when it is very hot), or December (when it is simple chilly), San Antonio is a great destination with wide-ranging attractions that meet various tastes and all ages; it is almost an obliged destination for anyone visiting Texas.

How to get there:

From Houston, take I-10 West
From Austin or Dallas, take I-35 South

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