Texas is hot in more ways than one. On the one hand, the weather will make you feel like you’re melting, and on the other, at least two cities have broken tourism records this year.
But let’s talk about another fun Texas city that is on its way back to exceeding pre-pandemic numbers.
The cultural city of San Antonio is surging back with expectations to get back on the right side of the pandemic next year.
Here are 6 reasons why you should visit San Antonio this fall:
Fall Is One Of The Best Times To Visit
San Antonio, along with many other cities in Texas, is scorching hot in the summer. Yet, that’s when many people take trips each year.
You can still have a great time during summer, but you may not want to leave the a/c of your luxe hotel or the misters of one of San Antonio’s awesome restaurant patios.
Fall is one of the best times to visit, with cooler weather, fewer crowds, and more affordable stays. Roaming the city and its many cultural gems becomes much more enjoyable.
New Luxury Hotels
San Antonio may have seen a dip in tourism during the pandemic and following years, but that hasn’t stopped the city from evolving.
Those who haven’t paid a visit to San Antonio, (err, “San Antone” as the locals say), may be surprised how ritzy it is.
One might think of San Antone as just a cultural hub of Mexican influence with great food options. Wandering the city’s famous River Walk will engulf you with luxury hotels overpowering the city skyline.
New accommodations are popping up too, such as the Thompson San Antonio – a 5-star Hyatt property. If boutique digs are more your style, perhaps the recently-opened Aiden will appeal to you as well.
The good news is there are over a dozen new hotels to choose from to find the right fit for you.
A City Of Rich Cultural History
San Antonio’s top site is the historic Alamo, bringing in millions of visitors every year. But there are other interesting cultural sites to visit too.
The city’s Spanish colonial missions are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites and are a sight to behold.
Visitors anywhere in the city won’t be able to help but notice the strong Mexican influence dating back to The Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
What may surprise visitors is the unique cultural traditions beyond Mexican influence, including the largest Diwali celebration in America.
What remains today makes San Antonio a cultural hub full of intriguing architecture, art, culture, markets and of course, food.
Deep cultural roots tend to equate to delicious cuisine, and that is definitely the case for San Antonio.
Located just 4 hours from the border of Mexico, it’s one of the many reasons for a wide range of tasty dishes that can be found across the city.
There are classic restaurants that have been a staple for tourists for decades, but the city’s food scene is thriving with new up-and-coming restaurants too. In fact, there are over 100 new restaurants!
The bottom line is San Antonio is a foodie paradise ranging from classic Tex-Mex to mouthwatering Texas barbecue to trendy food halls.
A Place For Every Type Of Traveler
San Antonio is so rich in history with plentiful things to do; any type of traveler will have a blast here.
Whether you are a couple seeking a fun night out or traveling solo wanting to check out some hip art galleries or new restaurants, you will find your spot.
Families also make San Antonio their go-to getaway with fun theme parks, such as Sea World and Six Flags, along with luxe resorts with a lazy river, like the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa.
Breathtaking Scenery Of The Texas Hill Country
San Antonio is a wonderful destination on its own but also serves as a gateway into some of Texas’ most gorgeous scenery.
The Hill Country is a scenic region of Texas with green hills, beautiful lakes, and charming small towns, such as New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.
A popular way to spend time just 30 minutes outside San Antonio is floating the Guadalupe River for a fun relaxing day outdoors.
Otherwise, this sprawling region makes it an underrated place to see the colorful fall foliage.
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