Deep in the heart of Texas, San Antonio’s bold spirit and historic legacies make it an ideal gateway to the region’s culture, scenic beauty and restful retreats.
Hosting more than 34 million visitors a year, San Antonio offers a Texas-sized sampling of hotels, restaurants, shops, historic landmarks, museums and the famous River Walk–the river that originally inspired the settlement of San Antonio and flourishes today as the city’s center.
Originally colonized by Spain, San Antonio has five beautifully preserved 18th century Spanish colonial missions, including The Alamo and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, representing the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. Market Square, or El Mercado, the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande, is filled with local and imported pieces of art, pottery, jewelry and textiles. As the birthplace of Tex-Mex, San Antonio allows you to experience the city’s cuisine aboard river cruisers as the sounds of mariachis echo from the stone bridges above. Country western bands, mariachis, and folk singers sing the song of the city, and local art comes alive on outdoor murals, and in the city’s gardens, architecture and museums. The influence of German settlers that once called this area home can be seen in the lavish homes of the historic King William District and the many restaurants and delis that offer traditional German fare.