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Mission Trail

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Address: San Antonio, TX
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Description: A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the...
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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Beautiful, will maintain, very accessible from downtown San Antonio whether by car or bike and extremely inspirational

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, will maintain, very accessible from downtown San Antonio whether by car or bike and extremely inspirational

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in history and around San Antonio, the mission trail is totally worth it. The Alamo is not the only mission around, and the museum components of the Alamo are so focused on it being a shrine for the battle (which, is incredible and humbling), but it leaves out a lot of the original purpose of missions... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We hired the bikes and did the whole thing in the blazing sun. We needed loads of water but they have fountains all the way along. It was great to cycle out to look at the churches. It was a long day but totally worth it. One of the hikes got jammed on docking so we got charged more and... More 

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Carbondale, Illinois
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22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

a wonderful day exploring the missions of San Antonio. Great for school age kids through senior adults who can walk. The park rangers are just great. Saw young adults who were running along the trail from one mission to the other. Others were biking it, rentals are available. We felt like taking it easy and drove to each mission. I'm... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The mission trail is very educational; however, small children may become bored if you try to cover them all. Make sure that you see Mission San Jose if you only visit one.

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Ames, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

You need to check out the mission trail and the history and spirituality of it all. The Alamo was originally the 5th mission on the trail, I believe. Even history buffs can learn a lot here. The film in the Alamo was the best of such that we have ever seen.

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Dayton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We took a cab to Mission Espada. Once we were at Espada, we rented bikes and toured all four of the missions that way. It is definitely a workout (10 miles) and very hilly, but if you're in relatively good shape you can do it! The bike rentals are $10/day but they'll charge you $2.00/half hour if you go past... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The trail is a great example of preserving something old but still keeping it as original as possible. We found it much nicer to drive to each mission and spend our energy walking around them, rather than tiring ourselves out by walking or biking along the whole thing - we're reasonably young & fit but if it's hot, your mind... More 

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Lakeway, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Taking the different bus tours or finding your way down the mission trail to visit the different missions is an amazing journey through history. However, biking, waking, or running the trail from downtown, a full 10 miles south is an AMAZING trail along a beautifully landscaped river. One of the best linear parklands / running trail I have ever used!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Did the mission trail with my son and his grandma on her last trip. He learned a lot without realizing it. The missions are well maintained and the displays are informative. Be sure to see the aqueduct.

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