See the famous site where heroes such as Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett fought against the Mexican army for Texan independence in 1836. More than 2.5 million people visit the Alamo, which has come to symbolize freedom and true Texan spirit. But the Alamo certainly isn’t the only mission in San Antonio, albeit the most well-known. The Mission Trail winds visitors through four beautiful, fascinating historical sites—the kind where it’s easy to picture 18th-century villagers roaming behind stone walls and wooden doorways. Communities were founded and battles raged in these Catholic missions established by the Spanish empire, including Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Several half-day and three-hour tours are available, or guests can explore the city’s cultural heritage on their own.
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, 210.225.1391; San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 6701 San Jose Dr., 210.932.1001, www.nps.gov/saan