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San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
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With its fascinating history and lively contemporary culture, San Antonio draws from the past to feed your senses. San Antonio's roots as a Spanish mission, border settlement and outpost are still obvious today in the city's buildings, industry and entertainment.
Local traditions have been influenced by Spanish settlers who originally opposed French expansion from what would later become the southeastern United States. At times, San Antonio fell within Mexican borders and this eventually set the stage for the Battle of the Alamo – the turning point for Texas' independence from Mexico. Even today, there is still a strong military presence – with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force both with training centres in San Antonio.
The Alamo mission site has become a shrine to American courage and independence, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors to bask in its 300 years of historic significance. The Alamo is open year round (with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and admission is free.
San Antonio's River Walk is the second largest draw for tourists and locals. The winding network of paths and walkways stretches through roughly five miles of the city's downtown core, one story below street level. The walk is lined with shops, accommodations, and a wide variety of restaurants. The walk also serves as a great spot for yearly festivals and is a great way to get from one San Antonio attraction to another, including the Alamo, Museum of Art and Pearl Brewery.
The restaurants along the River Walk and throughout the greater San Antonio area have been influenced by the region's distinctive cultures, which is epitomized by Tex-Mex cuisine. The fusion of Mexican and American cooking is a taste that has spread across the United States. The spicy flavours carry through into San Antonio's active nightlife scene as well, borrowing from Mexican-influenced fiestas.
Those looking for excitement beyond the food and nightlife scene can visit Sea World and Six Flags amusement park. The San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association are also four-time league champions.
San Antonio's traditional Spanish hospitality allows you to immerse yourself in its culture, cuisine and history. WestJet connects to San Antonio through Dallas Fort Worth via our code-share partner American Airlines.
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