You could argue that San Antonio had a head start in Texas Highways’ countdown of the Texas Top 40 travel destinations. As a historic frontier hub and the state’s oldest big city, San Antonio has captured our collective imagination for centuries. San Antonio’s heritage of fortitude, culture, and diversity represent some of the best of the Texas spirit—from the Alamo defenders to the Chili Queens to the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
When we surveyed readers about their favorite Texas travel spots, they invoked San Antonio’s distinctive character, along with the city’s wealth of activities and hometown hospitality. Reader Iris Ramirez of Garland put it succinctly: “The variety of cultural events, food, and historical sights make the city a must-see experience.” Voters like Iris put San Antonio at the top of the list.