Traveling in San Antonio with a Rental Car
San Antonio is a city in the United States, located in the state of Texas 240 km (150 miles) from the Mexican border. San Antonio has a large (latino or hispanic) population and an important tourist destination with more 27 million visitors per year.
Those who fly into San Antonio’s International Airportusually contract their rental cars and drive the 13 miles north along Route 281 to the center of the city with it’s rich hispanic culture, historic attractions, and entertainment for all ages.
The Alamo is among the principal points of interest in San Antonio. Its a reconstructed Spanish Mission, site of the celebrated 1836 Battle of the Alamo against the Mexican Army. Here it’s possible to visit the historic artifact museum in the reconstructed chapel. In the center of San Antonio there are other colonial buildings like the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the San Fernando Cathedral.
Another attraction worth seeing in San Antonio is the River Walk http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com. A winding 2.5 mile (4 km) path along the San Antonio River full of tropical flowers, waterfalls, trees, and picturesque bridges. With bars, restaurants, malls, museums, art galleries, night clubs, hotels, and the possibility to enjoy a boat ride to enjoy the beautiful cityscape, the River Walk is a wonderful option. Some notable stops are the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center www.sahbgcc.com, La Villita Historic Arts Village lavillita.com/, the Rivercenter Mall www.shoprivercenter.com, The Main Plaza http://www.mainplaza.org, The San Antonio Museum of Art https://www.samuseum.org, the King William Historic District kingwilliamculturalartsdistrict.com, and the historic Pearl Brewery complex atpearl.com.
Those visiting San Antonio in their rental cars can do a refreshing waterpark circuit and see SeaWorld seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio, Splashtown www.splashtownsa.com or Schlitterbahn Waterpark www.schlitterbahn.com where you can submerge in The Falls, the largest aquatic attraction in the world.
If its nature you want, in San Antonio you can visit the City Zoo www.sazoo-aq.org, the third oldest in the United States, home to 8,500 animals of 779 species. Another great option is to take a walk through the Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecaverns.com with limestone rock formations and stalactites, and Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com with its 30 meter waterfall.
San Antonio has many cultural attractions like the MacNay Air Museum www.mcnayart.org, located in a neocolonial mansion, which displays a collection of European and North American art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The Witte Museum www.wittemuseum.orgof science and history has exhibits especially designed for children, and expositions about world travel.
Those looking to shop should check out Rivercenter Mall www.shoprivercenter.com, Alamo Quarry Market www.quarrymarket.com, North Star Mall www.northstarmall.com/, Huebner Oaks www.shophuebneroaks.com, The Shops at La Cantera www.theshopsatlacantera.com, The Rim www.therimsa.com, Ingram Park Mall www.simon.com/mall/ingram-park-mall andThe Forum shoptheforumsa.com.
If you’re inside your rented car in search of a good place for dinner, San Antonio has an ample variety of great Mexican and European restaurants. A few are Acenar, Boudro´s, The Fig Tree, Biga on the Banks, Luke, and Las Canarias.
And if it’s sports you like, don’t forget that San Antonio is home to the 4 time NBA champions Spurs www.nba.com/spurs/, if you’re lucky enough to be in the city during the regular season or playoffs and you can get tickets, you’ll witness world class basketball.