Strolling the Grounds of the Alamo (San Antonio)
In the middle of this bustling city, the grounds of the Alamo (holy grounds, if you consider yourself a Texan) can seem curiously quiet on some days, when the crowds have abated -- so quiet you can hear the wind blowing through the oak trees. Perhaps it was that quiet in the moments before the final siege.
Walking the River (San Antonio)
The first planned urban green space in Texas, the River Walk, is still the best. Follow the original course of the river as it meanders through this old city, a city that owes its origin, its layout, and, now, even its prosperity, to this river. Old bridges, some quite low, span the river at varying angles. It's an urban canyon, with buildings rising up along both banks. See it both at daytime and at nighttime.
Lazing in the Courtyard at the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (San Antonio)
As fine as many of the paintings here are, when it comes to transcendent experiences, you can't beat sitting out on the lovely tree-shaded patio of the McNay.
Riding a Bike Through the King William Historic District and Upper South Side (San Antonio)
Riding through this area just south of downtown is a trip through time and across cultures, from the opulent mansions built here by German merchants in the 19th century to the artsy and ethnic Hispanic areas south and east.
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