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  • Between the Mexican border and the Texan capital Austin,

  • sits historic San Antonio.

  • It is the second-most populated city in the Lone Star State

  • and one of America's top travel destinations.

  • San Antonio sprung up around 18th-century bell towers

  • of the Spanish missions.

  • Today, the city's popular Riverwalk connects these,

  • and many other, iconic local attractions.

  • Walk in the footsteps of the heroes of the Texas Revolution,

  • enjoy a festive atmosphere and experience the Latin culture.

  • To give your feet a rest, cruise around in a river taxi

  • or hop on and off vintage buses and trolleys.

  • Linger on café terraces to try Tex-Mex or European food in between rides.

  • A must-see is the Alamo,

  • once a modest Franciscan mission

  • and now a symbol of patriotism and defiance.

  • In 1836 it became a fortress manned by a few hundred volunteers

  • who bravely tried to hold back an invading army of thousands of Mexicans.

  • They didn't die in vain:

  • The Texans won independence that same year, shouting: "Remember the Alamo!"

  • The nearby Institute Of Texan Cultures

  • takes you even further back in time.

  • See how America's first peoples lived

  • and learn why the state has attracted immigrants

  • from all over the globe ever since.

  • Step inside the simple dwellings

  • to catch a glimpse of early life in the Southwest.

  • Catch the river taxi to the former 19th-century brewery

  • that is now the San Antonio Museum of Art.

  • This impressive building houses everything

  • from the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, and other ancient statues,

  • to depictions of local history on canvas.

  • Back in the city center,

  • there is always something going on in bustling Market Square.

  • Listen to a heartfelt song, browse the stalls,

  • or simply soak up the atmosphere.

  • Take a short detour to the Botanical Gardens

  • with plants flourishing in the dry Texan desert.

  • A far more lush experience is a stroll in the nearby Japanese Tea Gardens,

  • with its amazing stone structures and the Jingu Tea House.

  • This exotic attraction, just north of downtown in Brackenridge Park,

  • is an oasis in this otherwise arid corner of the Southwest.

  • In the same park is the Witte Museum.

  • Let the children play before browsing the paintings

  • and relics of San Antonio's past.

  • Your passport to adventure is the nearby San Antonio Zoo,

  • good for some exciting wildlife encounters.

  • Just a half-hour drive from here,

  • the residents in the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch have it made.

  • The prairie and savannah animals here get to roam free

  • within the park's boundaries.

  • You can even feed some of the animals out of your hand

  • during a self-drive safari.

  • On a hot summer's day,

  • there is nothing cooler than descending into the Natural Bridge Caverns

  • just down the road.

  • Follow the guide to a subterranean landscape of dripping stalactites

  • and cathedral-like rock formations.

  • Outside, the playground for kids AND adults is something for the truly brave.

  • Find your way back to the Riverwalk and explore La Villita,

  • visit the craft markets around the old fountain,

  • or see a band in a riverside amphitheater.

  • At the end of the day,

  • ride the elevator to the top of the Tower Of The Americas,

  • for a view you'll always remember.

  • From the observation deck,

  • San Antonio looks like a sparkling diamond under the night's sky...

Between the Mexican border and the Texan capital Austin,

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San Antonio - City Video Guide

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    Eric Wang posted on 2017/10/09
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