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Mission Trail, San Antonio

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 overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • All of the missions are very different. We started in the middle at Mission San Jose, far enough outside SA to remind you of isolation (if you can ignore McDonalds nearby) and lots of parking. It.....  more »
  • We took the public bus from the Alamo to the Mission San Juan - then walked on the trail to Mission Espada - then rented bicycles and rode back north. One bicycle was a "dud" - wouldn't shift gears...  more »

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