Collected by Benjamin Meadows
Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX, USA
San José—the largest and most impressive of the San Antonio Missions—has evolved not only into a historic monument, but also a well-preserved part of modern local life. Part visitor center, part parish, part museum, and part...
2, 312 Pearl Pkwy #2102, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
Even if you aren't planning to take a cooking course during your visit to San Antonio, a trip to the Culinary Institute of America is worth a visit. It's a great area to walk around in, and you can try coffee and pastries at the CIA Bakery Cafe....
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods...
242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, TX 78006, USA
As an archaeology buff, I must say I'm a sucker for reconstructions and historical reenactments, and if you're at all interested in a peek at the Old West, Enchanted Springs Ranch offers that & more. Walking down a main street and hearing the dirt...
218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
As soon as you walk in to Mi Tierra, there's no doubt you've entered somewhere special. Located in San Antonio, and family-owned since 1941, Mi Tierra is open 24-hours a day and is adorned with Christmas decorations year round—so it’s always a...
105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The Spanish Governor's House is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest residential buildings in Texas. It's also a beautiful and rare example of the relatively luxurious lifestyles of the elite classes of the 18th-century Spanish...
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, TX 78015, USA
At a cool 64 degrees year round, the Cascade Caverns in Boerne provide a perfect place to escape the heat of the Texas summer. These are living caverns, continuing to expand through the effect of erosion. Situated on 105 acres of land, you can...
807 Mission Rd, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
Of San Antonio’s five mission churches, the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña resembles most closely its appearance at the time it was built (in 1755) and provides visitors a sense of the carefully considered scale and...
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Just north of—and a little below—San Antonio are the Natural Bridge Caverns, whose miles of underground passages can be explored in a variety of tours. Lantern tours offer eerie illuminations of the stones, while "Adventure Tours" require...
5301 Airport Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78751, USA
I have been to Japan three times, and each time I've discovered a new favorite dish. At Kome, I felt like I was in Osaka or even Fukuoka experiencing a real bowl of ramen. Every dish is beautifully presented and each bite is a gastronomic...
100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676, USA
About an hour southwest of Austin is the Village of Wimberley. I would have called it a town, but the three-thousand or so residents that live there prefer that it be called a "village". It is a quaint little town surrounded by nature and is...
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
The Hamilton Pool, this beautiful collapsed grotto, is a perfect place to go when needing to chill in some cold water. Linger in the pool and enjoy the clouds gliding across the sky and the cooling sight of water trickling down from the trees...
2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130, USA
Wurstfest is an epic "10 Day Salute to Sausage" held every November in New Braunfels, Texas, about an hour outside of Austin. Run by a local non-profit aimed at promoting local commerce and preserving the community’s German heritage, these...
North University, Austin, TX 78705, USA
The massive display of Christmas light pageantry on 37th Street draws thousands of spectators to this north campus neighborhood on an annual basis in December, but you won't find any nativity scenes here! The theme of this display every year is...
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