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San Antonio OVERVIEW
Deep in the Heart of Texas is not only an iconic song, it’s an apt description of San Antonio, where Mexican heritage and the American West intersect. Now the seventh largest city in the US and the second largest in Texas, San Antonio is home to a Hispanic majority with Spanish widely spoken throughout the Alamo City. The past is cherished (the recent renovation of the Spanish Governor’s Palace is a prime example) while the future is boldly embraced as the city continues to grow and expand, capitalizing on its location in the heart of Texas. Downtown, built around the San Antonio River, is the pulse of the city—luxury hotels, award-winning restaurants, and vibrant nightlife converge in an area known as the River Walk. History buffs will be drawn by whispers emanating from the Alamo and the Spanish Missions; Germanic influences—yet another facet of San Antonio’s heritage—can be found in the King William Historical District, which includes the Guenther House, and at the Menger Hotel, built ...See More just 23 year after—and just 100 yards away from—that fateful battle at the Alamo. In search of real-life cowboys? San Antonio’s old west past is on display at The Buckhorn Museum & Saloon, which includes The Texas Ranger Museum. Twenty thousand square feet will be dedicated to Western art and artifacts from central and south Texas with the opening of the Briscoe Western Art Museum in spring 2011. If downtown is the cultural heart of The Alamo City, its northwestward expansion—encompassing Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio, and the Shops at La Cantera and The Rim open-air malls—can be seen as the jewel in its crown as a family-friendly vacation destination.   See Less
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