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Get to know San Antonio (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in San Antonio. To help you make friends with San Antonio before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

San Antonio, located west of Houston and south of Austin in southern Texas, is home to the Alamo, a Catholic mission and the site of the pivotal Battle of the Alamo. Mission Trail starts at the Alamo and winds around four additional missions. Another key feature of the city is the San Antonio River and the downtown Riverwalk, where there are many shops, restaurants, bars, and art installations.

It is difficult to find a hostel in San Antonio less than several miles from the Alamo and Downtown area, but the VIA Metropolitan Transit company provides bus service throughout the city. San Antonio also has a trolley system to help you get around the city. On the positive side, the cost for staying at a hostel in San Antonio is pretty reasonable, and there is a great variety of things to do here. Off the Riverwalk, you can find the Mexican Market, which sells Mexican folk art, or you can visit the Six Flags theme park. After dark, there are numerous places to hang out –- rooftop bars, modern lounges, pubs, dance clubs, and country bars. The Riverwalk is a good place to start, but San Antonio is a large city and the places are spread out.

One unique thing to do while you’re in San Antonio is to visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, an underground cavern system that extends for miles. You can take a lantern tour of the caverns or visit Bracken Cave, home to the world’s largest bat colony. Another unique experience that would be hard to find somewhere else is to visit San Antonio Western Shooting, where you can fire nineteenth-century gun reproductions in a setting modeled on the Wild West. San Antonio is at the intersection of the I-10 and the I-35 and there is a Greyhound station, an Amtrak station, and an airport, the San Antonio International Airport.

Your Packing List for San Antonio

Your Packing List for San Antonio

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for San Antonio and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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