Discover the Four Southern Missions

Ignore this if you haven't visited San Antonio's Spanish missions before. If that's the case, you'll want to see their interiors too, which close each day at 5 p.m. But if you're a veteran of mission tours — which, not counting the Alamo, include Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada — the best time to go is around dusk.

The temperature drops a little, and the tourists disperse. Walking or biking the grounds has an eerie feel around sunset, and it's easy to get from mission to mission along the hike-and-bike trail. There are B-Cycle stations at each of the missions, and the trail from Mission Concepcion in the north to Mission Espada to the south is about 5 miles. Visit the National Park Service's website ( for maps and other information to plan your visit.

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