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When to go?
Most tourists visit San Antonio during the heat of summer, but don't be fooled: in this corner of the Southwest, the heat is not "dry," but rather can be quite humid. The shoulder months of April and October offer far more hospitable weather conditions and fewer crowds at the attractions. That said, many of the outdoor attractions keep longer hours in summer, so a winter visit to San Antonio may reduce your options for entertainment. Many business travelers head to San Antonio for conventions during the non-summer months; therefore, depending on your choice in accommodation, summer rates may be lower than at other times during the year.

Where to stay?
If you are heading to San Antonio for a vacation, you'll assuredly visit the River Walk, and most tourists choose to stay there as well (so book your room far in advance), but be forewarned: there are few hotels in the River Walk with a location actually on the riverfront, so if that is a priority, be sure to clarify with the hotel's concierge. That said, hotel properties in the River Walk area deliver luxury accommodations (and a corresponding price tag). An alternative within walking distance to the River Walk is the King William Historic District area which is home to slightly more affordable lodging options, but is largely a quieter area. For the major chain hotels and cheaper rates, try Interstate Highway Loop 410, but with the cheaper price comes the added time and hassle of getting around.

What to do?
No vacation in San Antonio is complete without a visit to the Alamo. Head there early, before the crowds grow, and afterwards relax in Alamo Square. Catch a bird's eye view of the city from the observation deck of the Tower of the Americas. If you're hotel is near the River Walk, you'll undoubtedly spend time exploring the area; be sure to check out the evening festivities - almost every night at the River Walk you can find an event or live music to accompany your riverside meal. Thankfully San Antonio recognizes the need to assist the tourism industry and in addition to many inexpensive transportation lines, has created the "Sightseer Special," which makes stops (amongst others) at the Alamo, Witte Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Museums not your style? Get your adrenaline fix by heading Northwest of the city to Sea World or Six Flags.


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