- San Antonio has a small town feel, but its a rather large city – top 10 in the US by population
- The 5 missions are a must-see. The Alamo mission is owned and managed by the state of Texas, while the other 4 missions are managed by the NPS as part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Going north to south these missions are – Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan (Capistrano) and Mission Espada. The four missions are situated along the banks of the San Antonio river. You can drive to the 4 missions using Mission Parkway, or you can rent bicycles and ride the mission trail
- Mission Concepcion and Mission San Juan are must see.
- The Alamo is rather small and is sure to give you a “That’s It?” feeling. But given the popularity and history of the Alamo, you gotta go see it
- Close to the Alamo is the Riverwalk. It’s a commercial outdoor shopping area one level below the street level. There are a bunch of restaurants all along the river and boat operators run tours on the river.
- Parking in downtown is not cheap. So plan your trip such that you park once in downtown and walk around to the local attractions.
- San Antonio can be affected by weather. The day before we went to San Antonio (late May), there was a fierce storm and lot of rain – resulting in flooding and a couple of tragic deaths. So check the weather before you go.
To-dos for next time
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- San Antonio Botanical Gardens
- Eat at the Revolving Restaurant
- Mission Espada
- Rent a bike and ride between the missions
Pictures taken with a Canon T3I and 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses. No filters were used. No post-processing was done.