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5 Must-See Landmarks In San Antonio

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located 75 miles southwest of the state capital in Austin, San Antonio has a large military presence, lots of sunshine and a history unique to the River City. The City of San Antonio lists over 2,000 designated city landmarks based on their "outstanding historical, cultural, architectural or archaeological significance" notes the city's website. San Antonio is especially known for its Spanish missions, including the Alamo, but newer landmarks also prove noteworthy. Here are five must-see landmarks in San Antonio.

1. The Alamo Mission in San Antonio

No visit to San Antonio is complete without viewing the Alamo, the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo where a siege by the Mexican army led to the killing of nearly all the Texian defenders. Originally built from local limestone as a Roman Catholic mission known as the Mission San Antonio de Valerio, it later served as a hospital, grocery store and Confederate Army complex. Built over Indian burial grounds and now run as a museum, the unfinished chapel, convent (turned into a museum for the 1968 Hemisfair) and canons are all on display. Come see this unforgettable piece of Texas history.

2. Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot tall observation tower with a rotating restaurant at the top. Located at HemisFair Park in the southeast part of Downtown, this recent landmark also has a four-dimensional theater ride of all of Texas for those arm-chair thrill seekers out there. Take in the spectacular 360-degree views of San Antonio at the Chart House Restaurant and enjoy appetizers and a drink or a meal.

3. Fort Sam Houston

A military installation dating back to 1845, Fort Sam Houston is one of the Army's oldest bases and is today part of Joint Base San Antonio. The fort has more than 900 historic and well-preserved structures accurately representing different time periods in military history.

4. Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater is an early Vaudeville-style theater where today the San Antonio symphony performs and Broadway plays are staged. Seating over 2,300 people, the theater originally opened in 1929. For many years it was the second-largest theater in the U.S. Its grandiose style is not to be missed and comes complete with statues and ceiling light bulbs spaced in the shape of constellations as they were on the theater's opening night nearly 85 years ago.

5. World's Largest Cowboy Boots

Everything is big in Texas, and these artistic boots prove that to be true. View these two statue-sized boots, considered the "world's largest" outside at the North Star Mall. These boots are a cultural icon and are great fun for the young or young at heart (photo opportunity, anyone?). In December, the boots are gussied up with sparkling lights.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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