In San Antonio, of course, the major attraction is the River Walk, which is absolutely stunning and gives downtown San Antonio its partylike atmosphere. The river meanders through the city and passes by museums, missions, theaters, and many outdoor restaurants and bars. But to get to know the real San Antonio, you have to drag yourself away from the River Walk and into one of the interesting neighborhoods nearby. Walking down the streets of King William, Southtown, or Monte Vista, poking your head into shops, and grabbing a bite at one of the neighborhood restaurants will put you into contact with the locals, and they can be a quirky bunch. Sometimes encounters with local characters can be the most memorable part of a trip.

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