THE URBAN OASIS THE S AN ANTONIO RIVER WALK AND BEYOND by Karen O’Donnell Krajcer f you ask a hundred people why the River Walk is one of the top tourist destinations in San Antonio, you’re bound to hear a hundred diﬀ erent reasons: picturesque stone bridges arching over the gentle river; margaritas in every color; 18th-century Spanish colonial missions; miles of biking trails through a riparian ecosystem; nationally recognized cuisine; and kayaking only a few steps from your B&B — just to name a few. Th e Paseo de Rio (otherwise known as the River Walk) really does have something for everyone. Thanks to the completion of recent expansion projects, the San Antonio River Walk has developed 2 I into a 15-mile treasure that connects the city to its historic roots while setting it toward the future. San Antonio oﬀ ers history, culture, entertainment, and more, all in the heart of the city, to which the River Walk grants beautiful accessibility. Because the city has so many classic points of interest, some travel tips might seem as old as the Alamo, but like the famous battleground, they’re worth remembering. So with a nod to the traditional picks and an enthusiastic nudge toward the city’s newest possibilities, here is your guide to the San Antonio River Walk and all the places it can take you.