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Mission Trail, San Antonio

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#5 of 17 in Historic Sites in San Antonio
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 Planning San Antonio trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • This trail is easy to do on the bus. Hop on and off for any or all the Missions you want to see. You can spend about a half hour (or more) at each Mission and catch the bus to the next venue. All are ...  more »
  • This is an all day trip that you can do self-guided if you have transportation. Follow the trail and enjoy the beauty.  more »
  • One evening after work we parked at Mission San Juan and walked to Mission Espada and return. Nice wide trail, concrete, even the detour was nicely done. Although we were past hours, it was a nice wal...  more »

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