San Antonio in 48 Hours

Dubbed by The New York Times as one of the best places to visit in 2015, San Antonio shines as the Lone Star State’s cultural capital. Visitors to the city will find themselves inspired by the actions of brave men who fought at the Battle of the Alamo, intrigued by the Tex-Mex culture that’s prevalent around the city, and entertained by the many attractions that welcome all types of visitors. To make the best out of your trip visiting San Antonio in 48 hours, definitely check out these suggestions.

Visiting San Antonio in 48 Hours

What to Do

Strolling down the San Antonio River Walk is a great way to pass the time and relax while touring San Antonio in 48 hours. The 2.5-mile picturesque trail takes visitors along ornate bridges, manicured gardens, and a number of great eateries and bars. Sip a classic margarita while listening to live mariachi bands playing at one of the open-air Tex-Mex restaurants.

San Antonio Riverwalk. Visiting San Antonio
San Antonio Riverwalk. Flickr: Christina B Castro / CC BY-NC 2.0

If you’re traveling with young kids, San Antonio has a number of theme parks suitable for the entire family.  Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio are just two of the most popular ones.

What to See

If you only have time to tour one attraction while visiting San Antonio in 48 hours, do not miss The Alamo. This historical fortress played a pivotal role in the Texas Revolution. The events that occurred during the Battle of the Alamo paved the way for Texas’ independence from Mexico. There are exhibits about the history of the missions and the fortress itself, as well as rotating displays associated with Texas culture.

The Alamo. Visiting San Antonio
The Alamo. Flickr: Kelly DeLay / CC BY 2.0

Another great source of Texas history is the Institute of Texan Cultures, located within the University of Texas, San Antonio campus, next to the Alamo Dome.  A small fee of $10 is required for adults. On the other hand, adventure seekers ought to seek out the Natural Bridge Caverns, just a short 30 minutes drive via rental car away from downtown San Antonio.  In addition to the general cave tours, visitors can also take part into the Canopy Challenge where guests can walk, balance, and zip themselves in a 60-foot, four-tier adventure course.

Natural Bridge Caverns. Visiting San Antonio
Natural Bridge Caverns via Flickr by Dtraveller Cancun, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

What to Eat

San Antonio’s claim to culinary fame is the legendary Tex-Mex cuisine. Delicious enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and queso are just some of the popular items at Rosario’s, by far San Antonio’s best Mexican restaurant. In addition to the classic Tex-Mex dishes, Rosario’s also serves killer margaritas. The original location is in Southtown but it recently opened another location on the north side of the city.

Rosario's Tex Mex Plate. Visiting San Antonio
Rosario’s Tex Mex Plate

Dining at the Guenther House is a unique experience in itself. The restaurant is housed in the original home of the Pioneer Mills founder Carl Guenther. In addition to the restaurant, the house also features a small museum showcasing antique baking accessories and a store selling a variety of local food items. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch and serves breakfast items all day. Crowd favorites include the sweet cream waffle and the champagne chicken enchiladas.

Where to Stay

There are a number of accommodation options while visiting San Antonio in 48 hours.  One of the highly recommended ones is Hotel Valencia, which sits on San Antonio’s River Walk and provides guests with prime access to one of the city’s main attraction. Its colorful façade and mixture of mission and contemporary architecture gives the hotel a sophisticated and trendy feel. Rooms are smartly decorated with fine wood furnishings and high-tech amenities. Room rates begin at $235 per night.

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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