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Mission Trail

San Antonio, TX (Harlandale)
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Ranked #9 of 146 Activities in San Antonio
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Sports
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River...
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Sports
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River passing four other historical missions.

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San Antonio, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

San Jose Mission is considered by some to be the best of the missions on the Mission Trail. It is a very beautiful mission and the Rose Window is fantastic, but I do not believe that Mission San Jose can be rated higher than the Alamo. And the other three missions are beautiful in their own sphere. We are very... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I would recommend at least going to 2 missions. Mission Concepcion for the art work and San Jose for the history. Be sure to do the guided ranger talks which are free. If you do the missions without the ranger led talks, you will not notice historical points, art work(fading) and generally interesting points. The mission tours are very worthwhile... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a marvelous trip through time. The missions are well spaced out and have their own unique architecture. This was a very pleasant trip.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Well laid out paved trails that make for a great workout. If you are biking or on foot, it is a great trail system.

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Saint Peters, Missouri
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Mission Trail was the coolest thing my wife and I did in San Antonio. We really enjoyed renting a bike from B-Cycle and riding down the trail along the river. This is was a cool experience that you can't get downtown. The mission we stopped at was awesome to see and we really enjoyed the history of the area.

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KERRVILLE
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I believe the entire length of the completed river walk is around 8 miles from the middle of the city to Espada (the last mission). You can enter at several places with parking nearby if you only want to do a portion of it. What an asset to the city! Lots of cyclists use it as well. Landscaping is coming... More 

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humble
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73 reviews 73 reviews
47 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My daughter wanted to do the mission trails as a family. We loved it the history, the paintings, the ability to see back how Texas was. Each church is different and special. We really enjoyed spending the day looking at everything. I would suggest you take more time than you plan there is a lot to see.

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Red Hill, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We spent an afternoon first seeing the Alamo and then drove to Conception and San Jose. Easy to navigate by car, even though there was road works and detours along the way. Very interesting and a highlight of our trip to Texas. For photo takers there are lots of opportunities for excellent shots.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We rented bikes from Abel's, as recommended by another reviewer. He is very accommodating. He dropped the bikes off at our hotel. We left town on the bikes and travelled to the historic King William district to pick up the trail from there. The trail is beautifully paved but beware that the street maps on the trail are not always... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We visited a couple of the missions on the Mission Trail in San Antonio: Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. Both were easy to find and free to visit. There's a visitor's center at Mission San Jose, which is in the middle of what's called "the mission trail." There, we had a free 45-minute tour by a very knowledgeable and... More 

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