San Antonio is the seventh most populated city of the United States and one of the most welcoming places in the country. It is a city you will always find ready to be your home away from home.
With over 34 million visitors every year, it is a wonderful place to experience the rich culture and history, world-class hotels and flavorsome food. It is ranked as the second most popular city to visit in the US. Originally, it used to be a Coahuiltecan Indian village and became a center for cattle ranching later on.
The community is rich in Spanish and Old West heritage. As you wander the city, you can enjoy the aroma of Huevos Rancheros in the air, the awe-inspiring view of the San Antonio River and be captivated by the sound of Mariachis.
There is so much more to the city than its amazing attractions. Here is a brief overview of all that you need to know about San Antonio.
There are around 85,000 military personnel in San Antonio. The city has a large military presence, being the headquarters for the US Army Medical Command. There are a number of landmarks paying a homage to its military significance.
Texas’ most visited landmark, The Alamo is a famous historical landmark located in downtown. Being the famous battleground during the Texas revolution, it demonstrates the events in history in the 300-year-old fortress that is open all year round.
There are also ghost tours held outside the Alamo Plaza where guides dressed up in historical costumes take you through the city and share some spooky stories that no soul dare tell! Watch vividly as the city is masterfully brought to life by these whimsical tour guides.
Over 50 major events take place in this happening city all year round including the Texas Folk life Festival, the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, and the famous Fiesta that is a 10-day salute to the Spanish heritage. The Stock Show & Rodeo is another popular event featuring star-studded artists and action filed performances.
Get a taste of free chili sampling, which is the city’s signature dish. Visit the lavish Majestic Theatre to catch a show and have an enriching excursion at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. If you are a foodie, drop by to indulge in the beloved Tex-Mex for a wide variety of cuisines and barbecue.
San Antonio River Walk is one of the most festive and magical places you’ll ever visit. Situated at the heart of the visitor's area, Paseo del Rio, it is 20 feet below street level and is nestled in high-rise buildings and cypress trees away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There you can find boutique hotels and a plethora of restaurants with alfresco dining and numerous specialty shops.
The beauty of the city will take your breath away with myriad lakes, magnificent live oaks and wildflower hills as well as the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island at the tip of the state. The Japanese Tea Garden is another beautifully decorated natural park perfect for relaxing at the arms of nature
Due to its close proximity to Mexico, San Antonio community is rich in Spanish and Old West heritage. As you wander the city, you can enjoy the aroma of Huevos Rancheros in the air, the awe-inspiring view of the San Antonio River and be captivated by the sound of Mariachis. There is also an influence of German, African and French making it a multifaceted ethnicity so you can celebrate and enjoy an infusion of many cultures, all in one spot!
San Antonio has a lot to offer to anyone who plans to visit the city or make it home. With a flourishing economy, friendly people, colorful culture and infinite attractions, it is a city that will steal your heart.