San Antonio, TX

City Population: 1,327,407 | City Area: 412.1 sq mi (1,067.3 km2) | Population Density: 3,400.9/sq mi (1,313.1/km2) | Elevation: 650 ft (198 m)
Dates Visited: 1.17.13 – 1.20.13 | Total Inter-City Miles Traveled: 13,803 miles | Total Hours Traveled: 273 hours (11.3 days)

Inter-City Transportation: Megabus #13 | Origin: Austin, TX

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San Antonio is most famously known for two sites: the River Walk and the Alamo. Located at the axis of three different geological terrains: Hill Country, South Texas Plains, and Prairie and Lakes, the city’s diversity of surrounding landscapes is matched by its diverse cultural heritage; the intersection of Spanish and Mexican cultures is prevalent in the people, food, dress, attractions, and architecture–nowhere did I learn more about Texan history than in San Antonio.

Nestled in south central Texas between the Edwards Plateau to the northwest and the Gulf Coastal Plains to the southeast, San Antonio is characterized by gently rolling terrain–great for cycling in single gear. The San Antonio River, which originates within the city, snakes throughout and is flanked by the main tourist draws to the region.

I took a much more laid back approach to traveling San Antonio–the case of travel fatigue starting to set in–and spent more of my time seeking out Tex Mex and listening to a lot of live music (was finally introduced to the music of Willie Nelson). Though my visit to city’s greatest tourist attractions of the Alamo–the site of the famous battle where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie were killed in 1836–and the River Walk were fairly underwhelming, I found much I loved about the city, in particular the tight-knit music community and the gorgeous Mission Reach trail, a work in ecological restoration progress.

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