Located in Bexar County, Texas the beautiful city of San Antonio is the state’s second largest city and one of the most popular with tourists and holiday-makers. This vibrant city has blend of cultures which is evident in everything from the entertainment to the cuisine. Downtown San Antonio is a tourist hotspot, home to a diverse range of cultural and tourist attractions. The city is home to a wide range of interesting museums which are ideal for families and history and culture buffs alike. There’s also plenty on offer for those who enjoy being a little more active while they’re on holiday, including great cycle trails and the Lost Maples State Natural Area. The weather, as in the rest of Texas, can be scorching during the summer months.
Fuel-efficient for driving long distances and ideal for navigating busy city centre streets, a hatchback will serve you well on just about any road in San Antonio.
Driving in San Antonio
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Important things to note
It’s recommended not to drive in and around San Antonio during Spring Break, as the volume of traffic increases significantly.
Avoid driving in and around the city centre during morning and evening rush hours as roads can be very congested with high volumes of traffic travelling in and out of the city.
Be aware that parking fees in and around the city can be very expensive, no matter where you look for a space.
Highlights & Hotspots
Considered to be one of the city’s most important historical sites, The Alamo is a former mission and site of a pivotal event during the Texas Revolution. Visitors can learn more about this important place by following one of the guided talks which takes place in Cavalry Courtyard.
The River Walk (aka Paseo del Rio) is an excellent way to not only see but also experience the city. Whether you walk along the river or take a ride along barge on the Rio San Antonio River Cruise, you’ll discover a range of shops, restaurants and cafes that are somewhat reminiscent of European cities.
For those travelling with young children, spend an afternoon at the San Antonio Children’s Museum which is perfect for kids aged 10 and under. The hands-on exhibits and play area are a fun way for kids to learn about science and the world around them.
Art lovers should pay a visit to McNay Art Museum, which houses impressive collections from Van Gogh and Picasso as well as contemporary collections and other travelling exhibitions.
San Antonio International Airport is located approximately nine miles from San Antonio centre and is accessible via the US-281 freeway.
The airport itself is a domestic hub, although plenty of international flights are available all year round, mainly to other parts of North America and Europe.