“San Antonio is not only a favorite Texas destination, but also a city that garners worldwide recognition,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III said at a presentation announcing the accolade. “We are blessed to have so many culturally rich and diverse destinations across the great state of Texas, and San Antonio certainly qualifies as one of our shining stars.”
The designation was announced during the annual meeting of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and coincides with the 40 th anniversary of Texas Highways magazine.
Magazine readers noted San Antonio’s many world-class attractions, including Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Phillips Entertainment, the Alamo and the San Antonio Missions Trail as cherished experiences. Voters also mentioned the importance of great restaurants and events such as Fiesta San Antonio and the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, as well as the famed Paseo del Rio, or River Walk.
I’ve visited San Antonio several times over the years, most recently in February of this year, and have written about several of the area’s hotels including, most recently, the Hilton Paseo del Rio, the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort, the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade and the Marriott San Antonio Northwest.
The area around the River Walk is indeed delightful and close to the famed Alamo, though it can be a bit crowded during conventions and tourist season. While I can’t say it is my absolute favorite destination in Texas, as I have yet to visit Corpus Cristi, South Padre Island, and other notable destinations, I certainly agree with the general spirit: San Antonio is well worth a visit.
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