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Mission Trail

San Antonio, TX (Harlandale)
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Ranked #12 of 197 attractions in San Antonio
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The trail takes you to the early missions along the San Antonio River. The trip can be done by car in half a day and is very close to San Antonio, Definitely recommend for the history or architecture traveler.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you enjoy history you will love the trail which takes you to all the missions. You can get this done within 2 hrs to 5 hrs depending on how much do get involved.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Informative pamphlets let you learn as much or little as you want to. Restrooms at most every site and a nice gift shop at the headquarters. Short movie to watch if you want to learn more. All the missions are within a few miles of each other - very doable in about 3 to 4 hours...some have very nice grounds... More

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Belgium
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very nicely organized visit to 4 lovey historical missions in the San Antonio neighborhood. The missions are somewhat well preserved. The park rangers are very helpful And knowledgeable about each mission. Mission Conception is the best preserved and loveliest of them all. Very well organised self guided as well with volunteer guides.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

You can start at Mission Conception but I would start at Mission San Jose. It's the NPS central office and has plenty of parking. This will take all day to get to Espada and back. Take lots of water but there are vendors along the way. Not tourist vendors, mom and pop so take a little cash. Check out the... More

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Blanchester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Came in from out of town and signed up for a bike tour with Bonnie from Bike World. She went out of her way to make sure we had a good time and that everyone had the right bike. We rode 14 miles and saw two missions and the historic district.

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Lago Vista, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Bike rentals (city self-check in and out types) available at each mission, but would suggest starting at a mission other than the Alamo or Mission Concepcion if you plan to use these bikes as they are sometimes all rented out at those locations. Beautiful bike trail (NO cars... a real bike trail) along the river where many people rent kayaks.... More

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The park ranger that gave us our tour did an excellent job of relating the history of the mission and a glimpse of the life in those days. Very enjoyable.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Beautiful trail as you exit downtown San Antonio. Outside of the immediate city trail becomes just grass and is exposed to full sun. Mission Concepcion' is the first mission and worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

The trail provides excellent secenery and is a much needed diversion from the touristy Downtown Riverwalk. The route is well laid out, and impeccably maintained. Tip: rent bicycles from Bcycle for $10 per day, as long as you take a brief rest at any of their kiosks every 30 minutes; perfect timing for water breaks.

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