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Mission Trail

Address: San Antonio, TX (Far North Central)
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Ranked #15 of 340 things to do in San Antonio
Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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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Morton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We took a bus tour to see several of the missions. What we didn't realize was that it wasn't a hop on/hop off tour. We simply drove to the site, our driver gave us a quick run down on each mission, and we moved on. I would recommend spending more time at each mission and actually going in.

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A short drive from the Alamo (about 3 miles ) is Mission Conception, the first of four missions established by Franciscan fathers to help the Coahuiltecan Indian tribes develop Spanish church centered communities.The missions are owned by the Archdiocese of San Antonio and are still active churches. Since they are national historic sites, the National Park Service provides security and... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
37 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This trail links the missions of San Antonio. Plan to spend half a day on a leisurely drive to each of the missions. Also, stop along the drive to visit the Espada aqueduct near the Espada Mission. There are also walking/biking trails in the area if you would like to spend more time exploring this historic area. We were surprised... More 

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Luling
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is still a work in progress. The path along the river reach. It can be a long trek between missions. But if you want a good place to bike a nice path you find that here

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

There’s a lot to do in San Antonio. The most famous attraction in town is, of course, The Alamo. The Alamo is an old Spanish mission made famous by the battle during the Texas Revolution in 1836. But, there are a number of other beautiful Spanish missions to see as well, most of which can be found on Mission Trail.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Even with 13 mph winds. From Minnesota and we had sun and 65 degrees verses -1. Nice paved trail and the historical site are just great

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A must see for anyone interested in the settlement of the south west and the influence of the Spanish in our culture.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

These are 4 beautiful missions that tell the history of the Spanish colonization and introduction of Christianity to the area. They ranged from rustic and rudimatary to beautiful and well apportioned. The national Park Service has done a great job of addressing the story of the area from religion to agriculture to education, etc from a historical perspective without getting... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I'd ride my bike from one end to the other a few times. It is a great tour of the city and its history.

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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36 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Riding bikes along the San Antonio River Walk, the entire way to Mission Espada. The trail is a nice grade, rolling hills is how I'd classify it. It is a paved trail and certainly well marked. If you actually get off the trail and ride to each Mission along the way, you... More 

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