San Antonio Missions Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"The city of San Antonio grew up around five Spanish missions established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s. Almost 300 years after their founding, the missions remain beautifully preserved and located in the heart of one of America's largest and most distinctive cities. Four of these missions are administered by the National Park Service as the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.
The fifth, Mission San Antonio de Valero is known to Texans as the Alamo. Visitors to Mission San Jose, the largest and best-known, are welcome to enjoy the lively music of the "mariachi mass" held each Sunday. The architecture of the missions, combining traditional Spanish design with the influences of Mexican builders, is further evidence of San Antonio's rich heritage. Terrain: flat. Road: traffic on Mission Rd., which has some rough surfaces. Mission Pkwy., Padre, Villamain, and Camino Coahuilteca are lightly traveled."