San Antonio, the home of 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 River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. Downton San Antonio also features HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas which overlooks the city.
The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park maintains 4 Spanish missions in San Antonio, including the 18th-century Mission San José. Downtown’s San Fernando Cathedral is a Gothic Revival landmark, while the King William Historic District shelters 19th-century mansions. Art museums include the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), with Latin American, Asian and ancient Egyptian galleries, and the stately McNay Art Museum, exhibiting European and American masterpieces. The San Antonio Botanical Garden showcases Texan flowers and plants. Also, Brackenridge Park is home to the popular San Antonio Zoo.