Scouting the Alamo and the River Walk (San Antonio)
How many other cities have freebies as their two major attractions? All the more reason for seeing the Alamo -- and for seeing it more than once -- until you find just the right moment to savor within its ancient walls. It's hard to say whether the River Walk is better at night or during the day, so see it both ways and make up your own mind.
Visiting San Antonio Missions National Historical Park/Attending Mariachi Mass at San José (San Antonio)
See these as a day trip or break them up into a couple of visits. Now with the hike-and-bike path completed, you can see them as part of a 12-mile physical and religious exercise. On Sundays at noon, a Mass is held by the community of San José to the accompaniment of a mariachi band. Now that's pure San Antonio.
Exposing Yourself to Art at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio)
Enter this huge warehouse at the south end of San Antonio's downtown area, and you'll find thousands of square feet of studio and gallery space. In the thick of it all is the artist-run Contemporary Arts Center -- a fertile home for whatever's new in the local art scene.
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