SAN ANTONIO — Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching. If you're tired of the same old beach trip and want a little adventure, head to San Antonio. Check out these highlights of what the Texas town has to offer from Visit San Antonio.
Tour the Alamo. You can't go to Rome without seeing the Colosseum and you certainly can't go to San Antonio without exploring the Alamo. The iconic landmark represents the stronghold where Texas overcame Mexico in the 1836 battle. Walk the 4.2-acre complex and Alamo Gardens to truly get a sense of the city's history.
Stroll down the River Walk. This is the perfect activity after the Alamo. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is the largest urban ecosystem in the country. Just a short walk from the Alamo, it's a scenic trail leading to local shops and restaurants. Grab a drink at Esquire Tavern, the oldest bar in the area and acclaimed James Beard nominee. Take a boat tour down the river and get great pics for your Instagram.
Check out Hill Country. If you're looking to get away from city life, San Antonio is conveniently perched on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Picturesque small towns, farms, and ranches make up this expansive area. Wine lovers can travel to one of the renowned vineyards, and outdoor enthusiasts can explore the biking and hiking trails.
Indulge in a foodie's paradise. There are two types of cuisine you have to feast on when in San Antonio: Tex-Mex and barbecue. Texas as a whole is famous for both, and San Antonio has some of the best restaurants in the state. Casa Rio is the oldest restaurant on the River Walk and modeled after the first Tex-Mex eatery in the country. Enjoy a laid-back meal at Alamo BBQ Co. where brisket is expertly smoked and the signature frosé keeps flowing.
Explore the nightlife. For a true taste of Texas, John T. Floore's Country Store is a must. Floore's has hosted music legends for 75 years. Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley all performed at the historic venue. Willie Nelson launched his career there and immortalized the spot in his classic "Shotgun Willie." No visit to Texas is complete without it. And to make sure you always remember the Alamo, head to Alamo Beer Company. The brewery boasts seven different offerings, and has an inviting outdoor space. Cheers to a great trip!
This article is sponsored by Visit San Antonio.