San Antonio City Guide
San Antonio (which is Spanish for "Saint Anthony," in case you wanted to impress someone) has a population of 1.4 million, making it the seventh biggest city in the country, people-wise. It’s located in the south-west corner of the state, called “The Texas Triangle” (not to be confused with the Bermuda Triangle), and has a transitional humid subtropical climate, which basically means that summers are hot and winters are cool. Also, you should know that snow has fallen in San Antonio 31 times in the last 122 years.
Remember the Alamo? Besides being a famous battle cry from first the Texas Revolution and then the Mexican-American War, the Alamo is also a mission and a museum. San Antonio has several other Spanish colonial missions which are well worth a visit, and when you’re strolling around admiring things, be sure to check out the River Walk, a beautiful series of paths on the San Antonio River beneath the city streets.
While you’re there, you won’t want to miss Marriage Island, a magical islet in the middle of the river in downtown San Antonio that automatically marries couples who step onto it. Well, as long as they have a marriage license and a justice of the peace, too. If you find yourself with a lot of historical souvenirs and no space to put them, then renting a storage unit is a great idea.
San Antonio is home to many U.S. armed forces facilities, such as Fort Sam Houston—a military base populated by peacocks, rabbits, and deer (and, presumably, human personnel, too). Rent a bicycle from one of the many bike-sharing kiosks around town to see more of this beautiful city, and while you’re cruising around, head on over to the Fiesta, a multi-parade festival honoring the Alamo and San Jacinto soldiers, which is now called “The Party with a Purpose.”
And finally, steer your bicycle in the direction of the Menger Hotel Bar and stop in for a drink. You’ll be in good company—this is where Theodore Roosevelt recruited the infamous Rough Riders. Once you’ve appropriately imbibed, be sure to take a guided tour of this haunted hotel. That won’t be scary at all. And all the ghosts you confront can be safely stashed in a self-storage unit—hey, there are no rules about keeping a nebulous image of the deceased in a storage facility.