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Mission Trail, San Antonio

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    You can take the tour or ride the bus, if you came by car, drive it, there is parking. These are working churches with services every Sunday.  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We are very glad we took the afternoon to do the Mission Trail when we had the rental car for the day. They are very close together, running all the way into San Antonio. It is worth the time to visit...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Make sure you bring water on a hot day. This is really nice to spend a few hours walking around. We would definitely go back.  more »

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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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