If you’re a history buff, San Antonio Magazine recommends you immerse yourself in the story of the Alamo City
1690 Missions Espada, Concepcion, San Jose and San Juan
Mission Espada was the first constructed in Tejas to spread Christianity. Originally located further east, it moved to the current location in the mid-18th century. Hike or bike along the running trail located near the Missions to take a peek or take a guided tour to learn more.
1722 Spanish Governor,s Palace, Plaza de Armas
Originally the home of Spanish military captains, the palace was established to protect the newly constructed Alamo from the French when the countries were competing for territory. The Plaza de Armas was a training ground for troops and now acts as a mercado.
1750 San Fernando Cathedral
Though it is debated, many consider this the oldest cathedral in Texas. Jim Bowie was also married here. The cathedral now acts as the home of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the archbishop. Look for a tile on the floor by the altar marking the geographic center of San Antonio.
1840s King William Historic District
The neighborhood has fallen in and out of fashion since it was settled by German immigrants and known as Sauerkraut Bend. Admire its distinct architectural styles in landmarks like the Alamo Street Bridge, Edward Steves Homestead and Villa Finale.
1845 Fort Sam Houston, Quadrangle
While the fort is still an active military base, the Quadrangle holds special significance because it was the original base and housed Apache Chief Geronimo when he was captured in the 1860s. Later, it housed General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The fort is open to non-military visitors for tours.
1848 The Guenther House
Originally the mill for Pioneer Flour was located in Fredericksburg. Later, the headquarters was relocated because the San Antonio River proved more powerful. It is now both a museum and restaurant, making it a great place to grab a bite to eat while learning about San Antonio’s German heritage.
1850s Casa Navarro State Historic Site
This home was initially part of a ranch and trading spot owned by José Antonio Navarro. He was one of two signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence born in Texas, and also a proponent of Tejano rights. View the unique architecture or attend a seminar.
1883 Pearl Brewery
Though the brewery has not made beer in some time, many of the buildings in this area have been renovated into hotels, boutiques and restaurants with the legacy in mind. Attend the weekend farmers market, stroll through the lobby of Hotel Emma or take in the views on the River Walk.
1915 Stinson Airport
The second-oldest airport in the U.S. for general aviation just celebrated its 100th birthday. Founded by the Stinson family, the airport served as a training base for the Air Force during World War II. Grab a bite to eat at Brown Bag Touch ’n Go while watching planes coming in and taking off.
1919 Texas Transportation Museum
San Antonio was the last major city in Texas to be connected by railroads. The museum preserves all manner of transportation pertaining to the city’s and state’s history including trains, bicycles, automobiles and aviation crafts. Take a guided tour and watch for special events throughout the summer.
1968 Tower of the Americas
Built for the 1968 World’s Fair, the tower is the tallest building in San Antonio and the center of Hemisfair. The restaurant at the top is an excellent spot to eat while enjoying the view of the city, and you may even see some places you have already visited on this list.
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Residents of Alteza above the Grand Hyatt enjoy a walkable downtown lifestyle surrounded by many historical treasures. The City is a cherished destination for history lovers who could choose a different destination to explore each day. To learn more about available residential opportunities in the heart of Downtown San Antonio, visit TheAlteza.com