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Mission Trail, San Antonio

#5 of 27 in Historic Sites in San Antonio
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hike or bike and explore the religious history of San Antonio as you travel past four historic missions that have been nominated as World Heritage Sites. The trail leads you along the San Antonio River Walk through a 13 km (8 mi) stretch of rehabilitated aquatic habitat and woodland to each of the historic Catholic missions founded by Spanish Franciscan priests in the 1700s. Start at Mission Concepción, first dedicated in 1755; it's the oldest stone church in the United States that is fully unrestored yet still intact. From here, you'll move on to Mission San José, the queen of the missions, founded in 1720. This mission earned its accolade of Planning San Antonio trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • We went on the missions tour, we loved all the missions but missed having a docent to answer questions or have literature available to help us understand all that we were seeing. There were places...  more »
  • These four old missions are interesting and each mission is unique. I advise a gps trip advisor but the trip is short if driving.  more »

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