San Antonio, Texas - Overview and Essential Travel Information
by cctraveler2 at TravelPost
San Antonio, Texas is one of the four unique cities of the United States. A remarkable blending of cultures including Native Americans, German, Old Mexico, Spanish, the traditional Deep South, and a smattering of others make San Antonio unlike any other city. More than half the population identifies itself as of Hispanic heritage and the influence from Spain and Mexico still effects everyday life.
Though officially the eighth largest city in the United States, San Antonio has a distinctly small-town flavor. If you live around here for any length of time, you’ll be likely to run into someone you know just about anywhere you go. The same holds true for visitors, who are certain to find a small-town friendliness throughout the city.
Sunshine is plentiful throughout the year. With temperatures in July ranging from a high of 35 C (95 F) to a low of 24 C (75 F), summers can be brutal. However, in January, the average ranges from a high of 16 C (61 F) to a low of 3 C (38 F). Freezes are light and snow is almost unheard of during the winter, a great thing if you’re visiting from a snow-choked location.
San Antonio is a popular tourist destination. The downtown area features the River Walk (Paseo del Rio) lined with numerous bars and restaurants as well as the Arneson River Theater.
The Alamo is a mission in San Antonio which was the scene of a famous battle between Mexican and Texan forces during the Texas Revolution.