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  • Cityscape Missions and Mexicana
  • City Life Mañana, mañana

This Tex-Mex southern city is a laid-back liaison between Latin America and the Wild West…

San Antonio is blossoming into one of America’s biggest cities, but its proximity to the Mexican border keeps the pace nice and slow. The River City may be spread out, but much of what you’ll need can be found in and around downtown, along the prettily pedestrianised canal that cuts through San Antonio’s oldest streets. The River Walk attracts people at all hours, strolling along the footbridges and foliage, and stopping for burgers or burritos. The buildings get interesting on the edges of downtown: look out for Mexican murals and rainbow shades of pinks, blues, yellows and greens, and, in King William, easily frightened visitors might want to avoid the series of slightly creepy, enormous, dilapidated homes. The city is also home to several Spanish missions, built in the 18th century.

Do go/Don’t go

Between late June and early September, San Antonio hits the 40˚C+ mark, so if you can’t handle the heat, pick a different time of year to visit.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes San Antonio’s international airport is 10 miles north of downtown | but for a bigger chance of a direct flight | use Austin as the hub. From here | it’s an easy hour-long drive to the south west along the I-35.
  • Trains San Antonio’s Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) station is on the Texas Eagle (Chicago to Los Angeles) and Sunset Limited (New Orleans to Los Angeles) routes. The stop is on Hoefgen Avenue.
  • Automobiles Driving and parking can often prove problematic in this southern city. In downtown | there are several one-way streets | and the city doesn’t follow a grid system. The city has a trolley system | or streetcar | which stops at all of downtown’s main attractions.
  • Taxis Hiring a car is your best getting-around bet but a Yellow Cab (+1 210 222 2222) can help out.