San Antonio

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The Alamo, San AntonioThe Alamo encompasses almost 300 years of history, from its mission roots in the 1700s, battle scars in the 1800s, and bike-in-the-basement pop culture snark in the 1900s. See how this San Antonio landmark holds up in the 2000s with an in-person visit—beyond the structures themselves, you'll see a vest worn by Davy Crockett, the Wall of History, extensive gardens, period artifacts, and more. Admission is free, and the compound is open seven days a week.(Photo: SACVB)
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School vacations and the promise of warm weather bring crowds flocking to San Antonio during the summer, but temperate weather and cheaper prices deep in the heart of Texas make springtime a great season to visit. This year, there's even more reason to go as spring kicks off the 175th anniversary of the battle of the Alamo with celebrations across the city. Deals and packages are running in conjunction with the event, and visitors will also enjoy special happenings throughout the year.

I compared airfare during peak and off-peak seasons to San Antonio, and found savings up to $100.

Route Off-Peak Rate Peak Rate
New York City to San Antonio $259 $301
Chicago to San Antonio $259 $321
Los Angeles to San Antonio $238 $338

Off-peak rates are based on round-trip travel from April 7 through 14; peak travel prices are based on round-trip travel from August 11 through 18. All fares were found using Expedia and include taxes and fees.

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The San Antonio Convention and Visitor's Bureau lists a slew of Alamo-related events and bargains to boot. The 175th anniversary celebrations begin March 4 through 6, but travelers can take part in a walking tour of the original walls of the Alamo, a silent pilgrimage to honor fallen heroes, the Battle of Flowers Parade, and a live reenactment of the famous battle throughout April and May.

Hotels around the city are offering special packages centered around the event. For instance, the Westin Riverwalk San Antonio offers an anniversary package that includes two riverboat tickets and a free upgrade from $175 per night. At the Red Roof Inn Downtown, guests save 20 percent off the best rate of the day (as low as $70) and get a complimentary breakfast. And, the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio River Walk's Alamo package offers a free hot breakfast, two riverboat tickets, and free evening hot food and cold beverages from $120 per night.

The anniversary package at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk offers complimentary Internet access, a blazing habanero salsa and chili mix, and the 13 Days to Glory book from $175 per night. The Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk's Heroes of the Alamo package includes 10 percent off room rates, a personal concierge, and free meals for children under eight from $134 per night. Check out the San Antonio Convention and Visitor's Bureau for a full list of offerings.

To find out more about San Antonio, visit our San Antonio Travel Guide.

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