Texas holds several surprises for visitors, including the San Antonio Missions, established by Spanish missionaries in the early 1700s. These missions strove to defend against the French invasion of Texas, then part of the Spanish Empire, as well as to convert the indigenous people to Catholicism.
Now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these missions dot the shore of the San Antonio River and have connections via roads and bike trails. To explore the missions to the fullest, stay in a San Antonio hotel and then find a cozy place to eat or drink along the River Walk in the evening.
Mission San Antonio de Valero
Founded in 1718, this is the most famous mission of all. It’s the site of the Battle of the Alamo, a pivotal event in the Texan fight for independence from Mexico in 1836.