San Antonio has been one of the fastest growing American cities in the US for the last twenty years. With a well-known historical identity, a SeaWorld and and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio is a great place to visit whether you want to learn more about the historical impact of this city, enjoy some nightlife, or bring the family to a theme park.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in San Antonio is the Alamo, a mission that became famous during the Texas War of Independence when a small cadre of Texas defenders held the building during a thirteen-day siege. Although all the Texan soldiers lost their lives in the ensuing battle, the cry “Remember the Alamo” was used to rally and encourage troops to fight in the war that was ultimately won by Texas.
Cuisine: Although its origin is hotly debated, San Antonio lays claim to the popular American dish, chili. This stew, usually made with a tomato base and beef, has regional variances. In other parts of the country you will find beans in your chili. Not so in Texas, where adding beans to your chili will label you as a chili novice.
Must See: The San Antonio River Walk is surrounded by shops and restaurants, making it an excellent place to shop and dine. You should also make sure to stop at The Witte Museum, which boasts the skeleton of a Triceratops in its collection of art and pieces representing the Texas heritage.
Lodging: The Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk was once a bank that has been renovated into a popular hotel. Balconies overlook the Riverwalk and it is a short walk to the Alamo, shops and restaurants.
Ground Transportation: San Antonio offers a bike-sharing program in the city, with over a hundred bikes available for rent by the hour or day. Public buses are also plentiful, but the layout of the city makes car rental a popular option for visitors.
Packing Tips: San Antonio’s winters are warm and mild, so pack light sweaters and khakis during the winter months. In the summer, the temperatures rise sharply, so prepare with light colored, breathable clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Recommended Books: Elizabeth Cook’s novel Promised Lands follows an American family and a Mexican family involved with the Texas Rebellion of 1836. This moving novel tells of the trials and tribulations of the families fighting for conflicting causes, but sharing the difficult experiences of war.
Currency: The US dollar is the local currency
Calling Code United States: 1
Best Travel Dates: Warm, mild winters make San Antonio a popular destination in winter. Coupled that with the excellent shopping and many festivals that occur during the holiday season and this is a great location to fly to by private jet during November and December.