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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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42 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Boerne, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Pick up a map of the historic San Antonio Mission Trail and rive from mission to mission. Each are different in their own respect, each historical and each beautiful. It's a great activity while in the San Antonio area.

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Allen, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I rented bikes near our downtown hotel and took off to view all the missions on mission trail. We rode the river walk most of the way, and it was smooth sailing and easy to navigate. There was only a couple of times in the nearly 20 mile round trip excursion that we even had to cross... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Probably the best way to spend tourist days. History, beauty, peaceful grounds are well worth your time and effort...Take a full day.

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San Antonio, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is just one of the beautiful missions in San Antonio. And is very nice is you like the Historic missions of San Antonio. I try to go to each monthly. It just give such a great and uniqe feel every time you walk into one. And all the missins along the trail not be a disappointment, and should be... More 

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Tifton, Georgia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a highlight to us. We enjoyed getting on a bus tour of all the missions. Every one of them are different and offer a history of their own. Some are still be used as churches today. For me, it was a must see.

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