San Antonio

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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

San Antonio Neighborhoods

Downtown/The Riverwalk

Twenty-feet below street level, the 2.3-mile Riverwalk has cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and an open-air amphitheater – expansions will extend it 10.3-miles by 2010. Downtown’s historic musts include the Alamo.


Containing the funky neighborhoods of King William, VaCa, and Blue Star, Southtown is San Antonio’s artistic quarter. Historic homes are being refurbished amid edgy galleries, chic eats, and quirky theaters.

Monte Vista/Olmos Park

Still up-and-coming, these neighborhoods are a mixed bag of gorgeous, restored mansions and downtrodden corners. Monte Vista is also home to the city’s growing gay community.

Alamo Heights

Upscale boutiques, mom and pop stores, and the city’s swankiest restaurants and wine bars mingle with lovely turn-of-the-century homes in Alamo Heights, or “09,” as it’s often called.

North East/North Central

Though largely homogenous, these rapidly growing northern areas still offer a few quirky restaurants and shopping gems.


With Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the University of Texas campus, and swanky major shopping destination La Cantera, there are plenty of reasons to visit Northwest.

King William

South of downtown, the river passes through the historic King William neighborhood, home to budding art galleries and over-the-top Victorian mansions built by the city’s leading merchants in the late 19th century.

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