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You're Going to Love San Antonio

San Antonio is Texas’ star attraction. This beautiful colonial city (founded in 1691) is small enough to feel friendly and welcoming, has a walkable downtown core, and plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy.

It’s the kind of destination where it’s easy to blend history, culture, and sporting spectacles in a single day of sight-seeing.

History fans can relive the siege of the Alamo by visiting the historic fort, or tour elegant Spanish missions. Art lovers can spend a day wandering around the San Antonio Museum of Art, and basketball fans can enjoy the San Antonio Spurs.

There’s constant sunshine, family attractions like the Zoo and Sea World, and some of the best Mexican restaurants this side of the Rio Grande. Dine on tacos and fajitas at Mama Margie's, discover street food vendors like La Gloria, or hit the bars along the beautiful River Walk.

It all adds up to a little gem of a city, a unique fusion of cultures where gourmet food, art, sports, and history combine to create something truly special.

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When to Visit San Antonio

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Generally, the best times to visit San Antonio are spring and fall, when the weather is warm (but not scorching hot) and the city’s entertainment schedule is in full swing. Try an April break for the best weather and the chance to attend the city’s Fiesta or visit in October to avoid the occasional spring downpours. Summer is great if you can stand the heat (and there are plenty of water parks in town if you need to cool off).

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How to Get to San Antonio

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Where to Stay in San Antonio

The best place to stay in San Antonio is probably right at the heart of the city. Downtown hotels worth checking out include the Drury Plaza Hotel, which is right next to the scenic River Walk, the Hampton Inn, and the Wyndham, which features a gorgeous rooftop pool terrace. If golf is your passion, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a great place to stay, while budget travelers can book cheap dorm beds at the San Antonio International Hostel.

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Shopping Streets

San Antonio has plenty of conventional malls like the North Star Mall in San Pedro, where you’ll find major names like Sak’s and Macy’s, and for high-end luxury Lacoste and Hugo Boss. Then there are the 80 smaller antique and craft stores at El Mercado (W Commerce St), a great place to buy souvenirs for folks back home.

Groceries and Other

San Antonio tends to be significantly cheaper than other major U.S. cities like Chicago or New York. Expect to pay around $2.40 for 12 eggs and $15 for a good bottle of wine. You can save even more money by shopping at the city’s supermarkets. La Fiesta has a number of outlets and sells fresh, organic produce, while you can also find a local Safeway, CostCo, and Trader Joe’s.

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Where to Eat in San Antonio

San Antonio has a richly diverse food culture, with influences from Mexican, German, Traditional American, and Eastern European cuisines. So there should be a restaurant to suit everyone’s tastes. Casa Rio is an affordable place to dine on satisfying Tex-Mex dishes like grilled steak fajitas, while the Cove is the place to go for delicious fish tacos. Joe's Crab Shack mixes great seafood and live music, while Chris Madrid’s is the best place to go for a filling burger and fries combination. Italian food is represented in force as well, thanks to pizza restaurants like Dough Pizzeria Napoletana.