The River Walk, the largest urban ecosystem in the United States, winds through the city center below street level over 15 miles of paths and sidewalks that are lined with cypress trees. The River Walk provides easy access by foot, bicycle, or river cruiser to the city’s historic and cultural sites such as The Alamo and 300-year-old Spanish missions. You will find riverside tables at restaurants who specialize in local cuisine as well as Tex-Mex, Italian, barbecue, and Southwestern fare.
Begun in the early 1700’s as one of the first Texas Spanish Missions, it played a crucial role in the settlement of the area. Five countries who occupied the Alamo over time were Spain, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.
Mission San José
This mission was founded on June 11, 1797, and was the fourteenth Spanish mission established in California. Many restoration efforts over the years have reconstructed numerous original structures. The old mission church and its chapel remain in use today. There is also a museum, a visitor center, and a slide show telling the mission's history.
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