San Antonio, TX

 

We arrived by plane at night and picked-up a rental car. Unpacked the Garmin 650 and set it up. Worked-out very well since we had no idea where we were. Surprisingly the hotel was on an Interstate entrance ramp. Made getting out a bit difficult.

Trying to find parking in San Antonio was difficult. Seemed that the parking lots did not post their rates and only offered a day rate. Finally located a City lot with an hourly rate.

The Alamo was better than expected.

Also it was helpful having an Android tablet with the San Antonio map preloaded for walking around.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Grandparents lived in San Antonio

When I was growing up (years ago) my grandparents and aunts and uncles lived in San Antonio. I spent several summers with them. San Antonio was a different place back then. We would go to town (I think the river walk is in the area we would go to) and walk the area, go to the movies and get sodas at the drug store. Visited the Alamo several times. (My cousin was the person who set fire to the Alamo doors). It was just a quiet nice town. So different today.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

I Was There 5 Years Ago

The Riverwalk alone made it worth the trip.

San Antonio

I stayed at a hotel away from downtown so had to drive in.
I found parking within a 10 minute walk from the Alamo, HOHO bus, Riverwalk etc.
It was located under a highway. Yes you paid for the day, but a very low reasonable price. I picked a secluded spot, remembered the number and got a ticket punching in the spot number. After I did some looking around, the Alamo etc I took off to my hotel, got cleaned up and had dinner. Then returned to my still unoccupied parking spot leaving my still valid ticket on the dash.
That's one way to beat the system, lol!

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Next time B&B...

The one we use is the Jackson House, about a 10 minute walk to the heart of the RiverWalk area. See https://www.nobleinns.com/jackson.html. Note the company actually operates three B&B's in the area. We have only stayed at the Jackson House. Breakfast, which you don't want to miss, is in a next door property. You can get the room rate w/o breakfast if you want.

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John from PA

San Antonio

I was at Lackland AFB in 1962. Does that count? Never went into town. grin

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Under no circumstances whatsoever, will logic and common sense be tolerated.

I Too, was at Lackland

in 1960. Funny thing was, every Mexican shoeshine boy on base, his mother was a virgin.

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"Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." - Moms Mabley Garmin StreetPilot C330, Garmin NUVI 765T, Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT

Agree. Very spectacular.

Agree. Very spectacular.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

I was at Lackland, AFB for

I was at Lackland, AFB for basic training in 1960 and got into town a couple of times. The town has really changed and is a nice side trip for the Alamo and the River Walk.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

We lived in San Antonio for

We lived in San Antonio for 10 years leaving in 1988. We went back in in 2010 and 2014. We were amazed at all the changes. We used to go down to the River walk quite frequently and found the area had become a trashy tourist trap. The area around the Alamo had changed from a picturesque area nestled in downtown to a trashy conglomeration of souvenir shops and other places dedicated to separate visitors from the cash in their wallets. We did find that many of our friends were also dismayed at how the area has lost its charm and now avoid the area.

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"In order to be old and wise, one first must have been young and stupid."

Green River

I don't remember how many years it was. Probably at least 20. I remember riding on a slimy green river. Wasn't impressed.

Totally agree

Box Car wrote:

We lived in San Antonio for 10 years leaving in 1988. We went back in in 2010 and 2014. We were amazed at all the changes. We used to go down to the River walk quite frequently and found the area had become a trashy tourist trap. The area around the Alamo had changed from a picturesque area nestled in downtown to a trashy conglomeration of souvenir shops and other places dedicated to separate visitors from the cash in their wallets. We did find that many of our friends were also dismayed at how the area has lost its charm and now avoid the area.

I don't know what I was expecting at the Alamo, but for me it didn't live up to the hype.
As for the Riverwalk I found it was just a collection of overpriced restaurants.
The best part for me was the HoHo bus.
But that's my opinion.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.