San Antonio, in Texas, is close to the Mexican border. Old Spanish missions surround this river settlement. About 28 million people visit San Antonio each year to experience its Latin-style atmosphere. The main attractions are the famous Riverwalk and historically significant Alamo fortress, a symbol of proud defiance.
The old town, with its winding paths and arched bridges, is best explored on foot. Watertaxis, vintage buses and trolleys also shuttle visitors around. San Antonio's constant buzz is best enjoyed in lively hubs such as La Villita and Market Square. Bands often play at riverside amphitheaters and restaurants.
The dwellings in the Institute Of Texan Cultures provide a glimpse of early life in the Southwest. Those keen to see history through the eyes of artists should browse the San Antonio Museum of Art. Find more art in the Witte Museum, in Brackenridge Park, which also has a children's playground. Kids will also love the nearby San Antonio Zoo.
Some of San Antonio's most-visited parks are the Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, the Botanical Gardens and Japanese Tea Gardens.
The views from the Tower Of The Americas are best when San Antonio's sparkling lights stretch out under the night's sky.
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