San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio

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First established by Catholic missionaries on the frontier of the Spanish Southwest, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park highlights the history behind the colonization of this area. Take a step back into the 18th century and explore the four preserved missions located on the property: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Free, hour-long, and highly recommended guided ranger tours depart from the visitor center at Mission San Jose. While the missions are accessible by foot or bike via the riverwalk trail, they are quite spread out, so traveling by car is recommended. To visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park on your holiday in San Antonio, and find out what else San Antonio has to offer, use our San Antonio vacation planner.
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  • The San Antonio Missions Trail is both informative and historically pleasing. The missions are located as follows: Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espad...  more »
  • It's very cool to visit each of the 4 mission sites along the Trail to see the differences and similarities between them. Start your visit at San Jose mission where the Visitors Center is. They are al...  more »
  • We loved touring the four missions along the Mission Trail more so than the Alamo. You can't take pics inside the Alamo, but you can take pics at all the other missions. The park rangers were very inf...  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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