This map is part of an ongoing series: Maps by Locals
The Alamo City should really be called Everything-But-The-Alamo City because the namesake facade is nothing more than that–a facade to a rapidly-growing metropolis of culture (Spanish, American, Mexican, and German), food, technology, and luxury.
Downtown San Antonio thrives beyond the commercialized Alamo district.
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, but possess a healthy aversion to Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and sidewalk performers, you’ll love The Pearl District. With its gentrified industrial architecture and independent shops, it’s a harmonious ode to America’s new urbanization.
Just north, the San Antonio Botanical Garden educates visitors on the diverse ecosystems of the Lone Star State and beyond, and serves as a verdant, peaceful oasis in the heart of a city.
To the south, the Mission Trail is a history lover’s way to explore San Antonio and even avoid feeling like a tourist, unless of course you voluntarily dress the part.
And an easy drive north and west lies the Texas Hill Country with endless rural activities.
I hope you find this map helpful. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.
Full disclosure, I was never a true local of San Antonio, but lived west in Del Rio for a year and a half. I’ve added a few favorite stops on that side of the state as well.