The first stop on any trip to San Antonio should be the San Antonio Riverwalk. This 24-kilometre riverway runs through downtown San Antonio and is lined with restaurants, hotels and shops with a wide variety of great experiences and spaces to do and see.
For those looking to take in the entirety of the riverway, jump onto one of the river barges that will take you on a tour. This is certainly the ideal way to acclimatise oneself with the environment and enjoy the sights at a gradual pace.
Once you've had your fill of the riverway and the Riverwalk, try and get a view from the top. For a birds-eye view of San Antonio head up to the top of the Tower of the Americas which was built in 1968 to commemorate the World's Fair. With beautiful views, this tower reaches 533.4 metres in the air and is a great place to really see the Alamo City in its entirety.
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Another great spot to visit is the Market Square in downtown San Antonio, where you'll find Mexican culture at its best. The market is like a little bit of Mexico in downtown San Antonio. When you get to the square you are going to experience the largest Mexican market in the United States, so make sure you have your credit card handy and a pair of comfortable shoes to do some walking.
There are lots of little boutiques and stores that cater to different audiences so this is the perfect place to pick up some gifts and souvenirs to take home with you.
San Antonio is a multicultural city, with a lot of Latin influence and one of the best spots to enjoy and taste a little bit of that culture is at Mi Tiera Cafe. Decorated in a way that is redolent of a Christmas theme, the space lends itself to a festive atmosphere. If Mexican lists highly as one of your favourite cuisines, you cannot go amiss with a visit to this cafe.
The next stop on your journey through San Antonio should be Mission San Jose, one of five Spanish colonial missions in San Antonio, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mission San Jose is an active parish where you can attend church services on Sundays should you be so inclined.
End off your journey in the city with a ride on the back of a horse-drawn carriage and take in the sights and sounds of this amazing city.WATCH: Americans play 'spot the country' and fail to find SA - and America!
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