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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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  • Started on foot walking around then decided to rent the bikes. Which was a whole lot easier and cooler than walking. Got some great pictures of historic sites and nature.  more »
  • If the weather is appropriate, I highly recommend doing the Mission Trail on a bike. For starters, I rented a cruiser bike from Blue Star Bike Shop. Blue Star was fantastic and made the process easy a...  more »
  • With just over 10 miles of walking - this trail connects all four of the historic missions of the river. The trail is nearly all concrete path - very wide. Only a small stretch on the east side of the...  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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