San Antonio

Tex meets Mex = 'kick back and enjoy'.

As the gateway city to southern Texas, modern San Antonio remains as much vaquero as it is 'buckaroo' - Spanish saludos are just as likely to greet your ears as the ubiquitous 'Howdy'. It has one of the state's most stroll-worthy downtown areas, and the lively blend of Tex and Mex is enchanting.

It's the only US city with five original Spanish Colonial missions within its limits, where mission churches still function and aqueducts carry water to farmers. But it's not all 'mañana syndrome'. SA (as locals call it) is the nation's tenth-largest city and the state's biggest tourism draw.

Places to See

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
museum ; kitsch
The Buckhorn Hall of Horns, Fins & Feathers is one of the best kitsch spots around. The halls of mounted......


McNay Art Museum
art gallery
The McNay Art Museum sports some very impressive pieces. Highlights from this outstanding collection......

San Antonio Museum Of Art
art gallery ; museum
Housed in the original (1884) Lone Star Brewery, SAMA hosts exciting rotating exhibitions, regular poetry......


The Alamo
fortress ; war-related
In the early 18th century, the Spanish constructed five San Antonio-area missions as way stations for......


Witte Museum
kids ; museum
The Witte Museum - it's pronounced 'witty' - is a great place to spend the day with kids. The Science......

Brackenridge Park

Places to Eat

La Fonda
Mexican ; kids
For authentic and lively Mexican cuisine, head to this local institution. You can order ahead for take......

Monte Vista Historical Distric

Tip Top Café
Spendthrifts and gourmands on a budget will love this place. The colossal chicken-fried steak is enough......

Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe
bakery ; cafe
In the heart of the downtown area, Twin Sisters Bakery and Cafe is a welcoming spot that will appeal......



San Antonio International Airport (SAT) offers flights from within Texas and from many destinations across the rest of the US. Many destinations in Mexico are linked directly and via connecting services. The airport is about 16km (10mi) north of downtown, just north of the intersection of Loop 410 and Hwy 281. Shuttle buses and taxis run between the airport and the city all day long, and many of the larger downtown hotels offer free rides to their guests.

Amtrak trains link San Antonio to Los Angeles, Tucson, Palm Springs, El Paso, New Orleans and Florida on the Sunset Limited and to Chicago via Austin, Dallas, Little Rock, St Louis and more on the Texas Eagle.

Buses arrive just north of downtown, with regular daily services to and from Austin, Dallas, Galveston, Houston and New Orleans.