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Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua in 1691. It has a rich history that includes colonial missions, the Alamo, and a culture described in the same vein as New Orleans by author and architect Frederick Law Olmstead.

The San Antonio metropolitan area is home to more than 2 million residents and the four-time NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs. National pride runs high with the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training within city limits, where more than 35,000 new recruits train every year.

Read more about some of the attractions that make San Antonio a cultural and tourist hotspot.

Don't Miss These Attractions

Museums, art galleries, parks, and famous architecture are found everywhere; here are some attractions you’ll only find in San Antonio.

River Walk: The San Antonio River Walk is a lush escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors will find cultural hot spots and historic sites along these tree-lined paths right in the middle of the city.

The Alamo: The most famous of five 18th century Catholic missions along the San Antonio River, this famous destination is a must-see. Founded in 1718, it became the motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution.

Texas Hill Country: Take a step back in time in the Texas Hill Country, about a 90-minute drive from the city. Settled by Germans and Eastern Europeans, you’ll find farms and ranches, wineries, recreation activities, and much more.