Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Plan a long weekend getaway with our San Antonio adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph courtesy of Ann F. Purcell/San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Austin’s not the only Hill Country hub worth considering. Now that San Antonio is sprucing up its eponymous river—with waterfront hiking and biking trails, canoe races, and cafés—the city is regaining some of its Alamo-era swagger.

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Outside city limits, hikers can wander through 8,624 acres of mountain laurel and Spanish moss in Government Canyon State Natural Area ( Road cyclists head northwest to the wildflower-flecked hills. And in the heat of the Lone Star State summers, a new crop of vineyards and a handful of brewpubs (Blue Star gets our vote) are just a pedal away.

Strap on your bib, and head over to the Smokehouse. Using a 40-foot BBQ pit, meat is slow-cooked, dry rubbed, and ordered by the pound in true Texas barbeque style (

The chic Hotel Valencia Riverwalk has a prime spot right along the river (doubles from $170;

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