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Mission Trail, San Antonio

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#5 of 17 in Historic Sites in San Antonio
Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Hike or bike and explore the religious history of San Antonio as you travel past four historic missions that have been nominated as World Heritage Sites. The trail leads you along the San Antonio River Walk through a 13 km (8 mi) stretch of rehabilitated aquatic habitat and woodland to each of the historic Catholic missions founded by Spanish Franciscan priests in the 1700s. Start at Mission Concepción, first dedicated in 1755; it's the oldest stone church in the United States that is fully unrestored yet still intact. From here, you'll move on to Mission San José, the queen of the missions, founded in 1720. This mission earned its accolade of With our custom trip planner, San Antonio attractions like Mission Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Beautiful trail to go to discover these missions are more beautiful than the other, especially the first one you come to Concepcion from San Antonio is fabulous also places beautiful and peaceful but with easy parking if you drive is very nice also the road that joins them if you follow cycling in Concepcion mission there is a ranger that gives information and a map showing the way forward San José, in that there is a large visitor center Often we were alone in the visits because many stop in San Jose while the others are to be seen
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  • The San Antonio Missions are best seen from the seat of a bicycle. The kids will have a blast and learn about how the missions were started, their purpose, and how Texas was formed many years ago. I l...  more »
  • This is a great way to get a feel for the history of Texas Pays your money and slide onto a trolley and the driver tells you all about the history great  more »

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Where to stay in San Antonio

To be at the heart of San Antonio's buzzing atmosphere and attractions, stay along the city's River Walk. Lined with hotels of all levels, the area is known for excellent dining and nightlife, and is close to all of the city's main sights. While this area tends to be pricier than other neighborhoods, it is the best option for those traveling without a car who want to take full advantage of their vacation time in San Antonio. For a more rustic experience, venture outside of the city limits to stay at one of the old-world guest ranches that dot the beautiful countryside.
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