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“A must see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mission Trail

Mission Trail
San Antonio, TX (Far North Central)
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Ranked #15 of 327 things to do in San Antonio
Activities: Biking, Hiking
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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.
Somerville, Texas
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

There are 6 missions in San Antonio with the Alamo being just one of the 6. If you love early Texas history you must see all of them!

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Rock Falls, Illinois
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“The Missions of San Antonio, Tx”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were on vacation in Port Aranas, Tx and were on our way back to San Antonio to fly home. We decided to stop at 4 of the 5 Missions on our way back to our hotel. We stopped and spent time touring each of the Missions, each has a museum that shows how life was like back in the 1700's when then Missions were each built. The missions we visited were:
Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, Mission Espada, and the Espada Aqueduct. It was a rainy dreary day, but the thought of seeing each of these old Missions and the waterway that brought water to each of the Missions was well worth the trip.
There is a 16 mile bike path from downtown San Antonio, Tx starting at the Alamo, and finishing at the last Mission. The bike path doesn't loop, but you could be picked up at any of the Missions if you didn't want to ride the 16 miles back.

Two of the Missions that we toured were having weddings that day, each Mission has their own church that holds mass each day. Except for the Mission San Juan that is going through a year's renovation of the chapel.

We didn't get to the Alamo as it was raining hard by the time we arrived in San Antonio, but we hope to go back in a few years, and will be sure to get to the Alamo. The Missions were awesome and a must see if staying in or around San Antonio.

Visited February 2013
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MORENO VALLEY
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“Bike trail between each Mission.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Between each Mission is a bike trail. You could rent a bike in downtown San Antonio and ride it all the way to each Mission, and back. I usually do this at least once on each trip to San Antonio. Keep in mind, when I was there this past week, one leg of the trail was closed for construction.

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Conyers
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“Wonderful Tour of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We started our tour, not at The Alamo, but at San Jose', and continued going to the other three. We had already been to the The Alamo in previous years. We did bring our bikes but chose to drive instead, mainly because the bike trail is not finished - will be completed by the end of 2013. Visiting these mission sites give you a real sense of the history of the area. Each have their own museum, missions are all in good shape. The tour is easy to follow by car as long as you follow the signs - missions are free to the public. There are eating areas nearby if you want to take a break or have lunch. Our favorite mission was Mission Espada, the smallest and the most beautiful and serene. A MUST if you are visting the area. Great for couples, families with older children - smaller children will be bored.

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Tupper Lake, New York
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“Mission Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We visited 3 of the 5 missions in the San Antonio area. They each had specific attrubutes that made them well worth visiting. Many weddings are held at the missions and they are booked years in advance. I completed rubbings of the missions at the visitor's center (cost $1.50 per sheet of paper - 2 missions fit on a page). The missions contain a lot of history - sugest you either read about them before you go or read about them while you're there or take a guided tour to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Visited February 2013
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