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A colorful city rich with culture, San Antonio has preserved its history while putting a modern twist on its roots making it a destination city that melds old and new. San Antonio, the third largest city in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States, averages three hundred days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 70 degrees. With traditionally mild winters, take advantage of the wide array of outdoor activities in San Antonio which is one of the safest and best "walking" cities. Coaching Volleyball, in cooperation with the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, gives you the following features of this year's destination for the 2011 AVCA Convention. (photos courtesy of the San Antonio CVB)
San Antonio's culinary scene is as diverse as the city itself. From Texas-style barbeque to Tex Mex cuisine and everything in between, San Antonians have put their own spin on flavors from across the border and the world. Local flavor inspired by fresh produce and wild game from the region can be found throughout the city in open air markets, along the River Walk and at street vendor carts.
Along the River Walk
Whether you're dining along the water's edge, aboard a guided river tour or shopping on its banks, it's clear how San Antonio's River Walk earned the "nation's coolest" nod from Travel+Leisure magazine in 2010. What began as a flood control project in the 1930s, the San Antonio River Walk or Paseo del Rio, is visited by more than five million visitors each year. Its four-mile course is home to shops, cafes, hotels and eclectic nightlife allowing visitors to enjoy nature within an urban environment.
Remember the Alamo
2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. All that remains of the original fort are the Long Barracks and the chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the United States. Named "One of America's Top 10 Historic sites" by The History Channel, The Alamo is the number one visitor attraction in Texas. Visit relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and listen to a narration of the Battle of the Alamo in the Long Barracks Museum and Library.
Deep in the Art
San Antonio is home to some of Texas' best art museums and galleries. The new, hot pink Museo Alamdeo is nestled in historic Market Square and tells the unique story of the Latino experience in America. Opened in 1954 as Texas' first museum of modern art, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum is home to works of modern masters including Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Peirre-Auguste Renoir. The historic Lone Star Brewery, built in 1884, has been transformed into one of Texas' most impressive art museums, the San Antonio Museum of Art. Many of San Antonio's museums offer free days or hours.
Each April more than 3.5 million people attend San Antonio's celebration of its diverse history and culture at Fiesta. The 11-day festival has over 100 events staffed entirely by volunteers with all proceeds going to charity. A Night in Old San Antonio, or NIOSA, is a Fiesta favorite drawing in over 80,000 visitors with elaborate food and drink booths and non-stop live entertainment. The Texas Cavaliers River Parade is one of the most popular processionals at Fiesta. Spectators line the banks of the River Walk and watch elaborately decorated river barges float along the water carrying bands, Fiesta's royal court and costumed participants.