The San Antonio river walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing millions of visitors each year with scenic pathways and waterways leading to the city’s cultural and historic sites.
From the Missions to the Hill Country, San Antonio offers so many things for visitors to see and do, ranging from major theme parks to the river walk lined with restaurants, patios, galleries and shops. The city is filled with culturally significant arts, history, museums and architecture.
In the 18th century, Franciscan priests from Spain established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River, primarily to extend Spain’s dominion northward from Mexico, but also to convert and educate the native population. Today, the five missions (Alamo, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada) represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America, and they have been nominated for World Heritage Status.
The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) was founded in 1718 as the first mission in San Antonio, serving as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. In 1836, decades after the mission had closed, the Alamo became an inspiration and a motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution.
San Antonio is perched on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Picturesque small towns and a variety of outdoor adventures are just a short distance from here. Float down cool rivers, stroll quaint main streets in search of unique bargains or hike and bike through rolling, scenic terrain — all in Texas Hill Country.