San Antonio Vacation Packages
The word "fiesta" comes to mind when thinking of San Antonio. The city just seems to pulsate with a fun-loving spirit for residents and visitors alike. The epicenter of this mood is the Paseo del Rio, more commonly knows as the River Walk. Located 20 feet below the busy business district, the San Antonio River meanders for two and half miles, and is bordered by flagstone paths lined with restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafes. You can either walk along or take one of the popular river cruisers. Of course, the historical site that San Antonio is most remembered for is the Alamo. Located in the heart of downtown, the beautiful old stone mission is now a museum and place of remembrance.
For awe-inspiring sights, visit the King William Historic District. Here you will find a 25-block area with homes from the 1870s that mix architectural styles, from Beaux Arts to neoclassical to Early American. Most impressive is a must for any historian or design lover. Most impressive is the Guenther House, which is embellished from top to bottom with gold leaf, carvings and stained-glass windows. There are also two restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch. Or, take a scenic drive through north San Antonio. Route 32 skips along parts of a ridge called the Devil’s Backbone, and leads through some classic Hill Country landscapes.
Dining, Nightlife and Shopping
The restaurant scene in San Antonio, naturally, includes Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, such as the delicious, guacamole-topped dishes at La Celesa. But, you'll also find great German food, like the fare served at Shilo's Delicatessen. This downtown institution has been serving up hearty German food and fabulous homemade root beer since 1917. For great views to savor over a flavorful dish, visit the award-winning restaurant La Rêve. This restaurant offers an intimate and elegant dining experience on the River Walk, and serves the best food in the city — and arguably all of Texas.
Nightlife centers on the River Walk and around the 3000 block of San Antonio's North St. Mary's Street, where there's a wide variety of bars and restaurants, many with live entertainment. The Menger Hotel bar is in one of the city's great cultural and historical treasures, a great place for a cocktail, and to meet locals and other tourists.
San Antonio, with its rich heritage, is a wonderful city to purchase Mexican imports. Most shopping options are centered around the River Walk, including La Villita, a pleasant place for a quiet stroll on tree-shaded brick- and tile-paved streets filled with shops and boutiques, art galleries and cafes; and Rivercenter, a shopping mall right on the river.
Away from the River Walk is Market Square, a restoration of an old farmer’s market, and a great place for value-priced Mexican dresses, shirts and strings of paper mache vegetables. Fredericksburg makes for a nice drive, and its main street is lined with antique shops, German bakeries and western saloons.
For a longer drive, head to Mexico just over the Rio Grande, where language and currency are no barriers, and you'll discover some well-stocked stores with merchandise that is hard to find elsewhere. Best values are ceramic, paper mache and woolen goods. Straw and leather goods, as well as cotton dresses, are the most popular items, after liquor and cigarettes.
Transfers are not included with vacation packages to San Antonio. From the airport to hotels, there are shuttle vans, buses and taxis. Busses run from the downtown area to tourist attractions like the Fiesta, Texas theme park. Streetcars offer open-air downtown transport aboard reproductions of San Antonio’s historic rail streetcars. You can get a taxi at your hotel or on the street. A rental car is recommended if plans include sights out of town or a daytrip into the Hill Country. Otherwise public transportation and walking can get you just about anywhere within the city. The main tourist areas — Alamo, La Villita, and the River Walk — can all be explored on foot.
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