San Antonio

3-DAY San Antonio, Texas ITINERARY

San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. Hemis Fair Park's 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:


"Come and Take It", experience the Alamo and walk through the stone hallways of Texas history.


Eat it all! Chips and homemade salsa with a frozen margarita to complete your meal.


Walk or ride along the riverwalk to see all the hidden gems; or people watching.

The 3-Day San Antonio Itinerary


AirBnB close to the Riverwalk 

Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Antonio ($$$), The Hotel Contessa ($$$), Omni La Mansion ($$)


Summers are hot and humid, but November to April (fall to spring) is nice and comfortable. Best month is April. Dios de Muerto in October is a fun festival to attend.


The itinerary pieces activities together that are walk-able, but Lyft to the outskirts. Don't rent a car, it's too expensive paying for parking.


Language is English

Currency: US Dollar


Great city for a Texas history lesson, that doesn't end with a quiz. Many places to visit, to drink at and eat at throughout the days - the Tex-Mex is delicious. American city Bucket List fun stop.

San Antonio attracts thousands of visitors each year due to it's historical significance, with a rich Hispanic heritage, and more. Besides the beautiful river, San Antonio offers delicious food, lively festivals and a haunted history.

The river walk is gorgeous and sipping a frozen margarita while walking isn't too shabby either. The Alamo is a sight to beyond, it was a gran moment walking through the halls that hold so much history for Texas. Grab a local history buff and start asking questions, you won't regret it. 

Day one

Late afternoon arrival to San Antonio; head to the hotel to drop off the bags

2 PM - Venture around the River Walk and jump on the Rio San Antonio Cruises; time spent is 35 minutes, $10

  • You can use the cruises as a taxi and hop-on, hop-off​ with a day pass

  • Selena's Bridge is between Omni La Mansion del Rio and Watermark hotel; major engagement spot and kissing spot

3:30 PM - Shopping at El Mercado (Market Square)

  • 3-block outdoor plaza where you browse 32 shops and specialty shops​; buy everything

6 PM - Dinner at the local favorite, Mi Tierra ($$, Mexican), which is El Mercado's most famous restaurants

Is it dark yet? Drive below the I-35 overpass near Camden Street and look up at the F.I.S.H. by Donald Lipski

Drink: The Menger Hotel Bar ($$, Bar)

  • President Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders​ at this bar

Have a spooky evening with a tour, options:

  • 8:30 PM - Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours, The Ghost Walk; time spent on walking tour 1.5 hours, $15

  • 8:30 PM - Alamo City Ghost Tours, After Dark Ghost Tour; time spent on walking tour 1.5 hours, $18

Day Two

First things first, see how long the Alamo line is:

  • If it's not that long, start there​ [see after breakfast for details]

  • Too long and willing to chance it? Go to breakfast

8:30 AM - Start with breakfast at Las Canarias ($$, American Breakfast) in the Omni Hotel; brunch buffet please

  • Be early enough and you can snag a table on the water​

The Alamo; time spent is 2 hours, free but pay for the audio tour ($7)

  • Opens at 9 AM but people start lining up early, but the line moves quickly

  • Guided Tour Options: Battlefield Tour ($18) and Audio Tour ($7)​

11:30 AM - Rent a Bcycle (by the Visitor's Center across from the Alamo) and cycle through the Mission Trail from the Alamo​; time spent is 2-4 hours if you stop and see sights, 6-16 miles long

Next to the Alamo is Bier Garten ($$, German Beer Garden), get a drink to-go!

Or venture to the Historic District and shop a bit at La Villita Historic Arts Village​

Grab lunch somewhere, preferably on the road as you travel north (35-minute drive)

2 PM - Natural Bridge Caverns; time spent is 3-4 hours 

7 PM Dinner: Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden ($$, American)

Dessert across the street: Bakery Lorraine ($$, Bakery)

Drinks: The Esquire Tavern ($$, Bar & Lounge)

Day Three

10 AM - Brunch at Halcyon ($$ Breakfast & Brunch)

11:30 AM - Take in the San Fernando Cathedral; time spent is less than an hour

  • This is the oldest cathedral in the United States​ → other things to know

  • Can you find the Tower of the Americas?

12:30 PM - Walk across the street to the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar or Spanish Governor's Palace; time spent is less than an hour, $5

Day Options: ​San Antonio Zoo ($20); Six Flags Fiesta Texas ($75); Fort Sam Houston (free)

1:30 PM - Visit the Villa Finale Museum & Gardens ($8)

4 PM - Late check out from the hotel

Goodbye San Antonio. Head home.

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San Antonio has been on my bucket list because of the stories about the riverwalk, the Mexican food, the culture, the history, the list goes on. It's a Texas city must because, well, the Alamo. 

I visited San Antonio after a camping trip. We camped West of SA and this was out stop before heading back my home city. The environment was relaxing, yet there's this feeling that something is always about to happen. Maybe it's someone being rowdy and drunk (in a fun way), maybe it's that rowdy person falling in the riverwalk (yes, this happens), but over all the riverwalk is a fun bar street were everyone gets along and bar hops from one stop to the other. 

Before the evening hours, this area is a nice place to eat and take pictures. My favorite part was the riverwalk cruise tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyed telling stories about how SA came to be. It couldn't believe that I'd walked around here the day prior and glazed over historical spots. This river tour was definitely worth it, and that's coming from a person who gets sea-sick.

Least favorite, and I hate to say it, was the Alamo. It was pretty and everything is set up every nicely for you to walk through and see the history; but it's too-setup. Everything is very staged and no one was available to answer questions or interact with and then boom, you end up in a huge gift shop. Maybe it was an off day, I'm definitely willing to give it another try.

Wear comfortable shoes and hit the streets of San Antonio for a great relaxing weekend.


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