In Market Square, feel like you’re in old world Mexico without having to cross the border. It’s the largest Mexican-style market in the U.S. There are working artists on site displaying their paintings, pottery and leatherwork…and, with over 100 shops, you’re bound to find something to take home.
Take a walk along the River Walk and enjoy the shops and restaurants…or for a more unique viewpoint, take the Rio Taxi: an all-day pass can be purchased for $12. The taxi makes stops at nearby hotels, museums and other attractions. There are also boat tours available that explore downtown San Antonio in more detail than what you’ll get from the water taxi service.
No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a visit to the Alamo. In case you don’t remember the Alamo…the Mission itself dates back to 1718. During the war for Texan independence (1835-1836), a hard-fought battle took place here that ultimately saw the defeat of the Texans, after they held off Mexican forces for over 13 days.
Where to Stay:
Downtown San Antonio features all your favorite hotel chains—some like the Westin RiverWalk are located right along the waterway. For more of a resort stay, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a solid option. It’s about a 20-minute ride into the downtown area…and the resort itself has two golf courses, a spa and a host of other amenities.
For close to 40 years, Cappy’s Restaurant, has been a San Antonio favorite—casual setting, with a varied menu.
Craving a burger? A visit to Chris Madrid’s is just what you need. In true Tex-Mex style, nachos meet burger…the Tostada Burger is what to get—but you can find a mix of Tex-Mex faves at this classic spot.
A quick, but fun, stop before we pack up and head further west…to San Francisco.