San Antonio, Texas, USA

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Memorials to the Alamo Defenders Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

The City
The City of San Antonio, Spanish for Saint Anthony is the seat of Bexar County, located in South-Central of Texas, the American Southwest and the southwestern corner region known as the Texas Triangle. It is the 7th most populous city in the USA and the 2nd most populous city of Texas with a population of around 1.3 million. The City of San Antonio is at the center of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as Greater San Antonio.

Foods and Drinks
San Antonio has more than 20 million visitors each year because they are rich in culture, history and attractions.  You can always look forward to an exciting nightlife, home style cooking and friendly residents. San Antonio offers the best when it comes to authentic Texan-Mexican cuisine.  There are a lot of Texan Mexican restaurants that are sprawling in San Antonio.  But aside from this they also have the best steakhouses such as the Ruth’s Chris and Morton’s.  You can also taste the Mediterranean cuisine at the Oro Restaurant or the American cuisine at the Citrus Restaurant.
You can look forward to an exciting nightlife in the River Walk area.  They have an assortment of clubs and bars such as the Mad Dogs, Polly Esther’s, Dick’s Last Resort and others.  You can dance at the Bonham Exchange or get some drinks and go wild at the Coyote Ugly.

Top Attractions
1. Alamo - is one of the state’s most popular attractions with over 2.5 visitors annually, aside from being one Texas’ most significant historical landmark. This landmark building gained its famed during the Texas Revolution was originally built as a mission in 1718 close to the headwaters of San Pedro Creek. It was moved twice, finally to its present location in 1724. In the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836, 150 “Texians” died defending the Alamo including the state’s most famous folk heroes such as Davie Crockett, William Barrett Travis and Jim Bowie.

2. The Riverwalk - the famous dining and shopping district is well located along the winding banks of the San Antonio River,  lined with a number of hotels, nightclubs, shops and fine bar and restaurants. The most popular is the Rivercenter Mall and the La Villita Historical District, which are filled with all kinds of shops and galleries. Tours by boat along the 3 mile Riverwalk are also readily available for visitors. Riverwalk is a must see for any visitors in and around the Central-South Texas regions.

Getting There
Airport – approximately 8 miles north of downtown San Antonio is the main San Antonio International Airport (SAT) located in uptown San Antonio. The airport has two terminals serving more than 40 destinations including six in Mexico. This is served by 21 airline companies. Approximately six miles south of downtown San Antonio is the Stinson Municipal Airport, a reliever airport with two runways and a home to the Texas Air Museum.

Mass Transit – VIA Metropolitan Transit provides a bus and rubber tired streetcar system (bus) in the city’s metropolitan area. VIA operates the Bus Rapid Transit known as VIA Primo, which connects downtown San Antonio to the south Texas Medical Center and the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Big Pass is $35 per month unlimited full monthly fare provided by VIA.

Rail – The national passenger rail Amtrak’s Texas Eagle provides daily runs to service commuters at San Antonio Amtrak Station between San Antonio and Chicago’s Union Station. It also operates Sunset Limited with thrice weekly runs in each direction through San Antonio, between Los Angeles and Orlando, Florida.
Road – San Antonio is served by major freeways.

Getting Around San Antonio
There is a tourist trolley leaving from a station at the Alamo area at 45 minutes interval travelling in loops that includes stops at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Market Square, Plaza de Armas and La Villita. Tickets are available in single non-stop city tour or the two day’s use with hop on-hop off option. The first trolley will leave at 9:30 and the last one at 4:15pm.
If you don’t have car, use the sightseer specials bus 7 or a taxi.

Vacation rentals starts at US $89 per night.