Destination: San Antonio

In the heart of central Texas, San Antonio is the Lone Star State's most popular tourist destination for reasons both historic and contemporary.

For starters, the Alamo represents one of America's most cherished historic landmarks, and it's in the heart of downtown, also famous for its River Walk, a lengthy series of canals that weave through the city and have shopping, dining and historical sights. Save room for plenty of Tex-Mex cuisine here, for which the city is famous.

Outside the city, San Antonio boasts theme parks for the families such Six Flags Fiesta and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, plus honky tonks and rodeo shows - we are deep in the heart of Texas, after all.

San Antonio also stakes claim as Texas' top golf destination. It's at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, so you'll enjoy beautiful, fertile hillsides on golf courses such as the Westin La Cantera's two designs, as well as the 27-hole Hill Country Golf Club. The newest addition to the mix is the TPC San Antonio, host to two golf courses and a JW Marriott resort and will host the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open.

But the city boasts a rich golf history as well. Soldiers have been recorded playing golf in the confines of Fort Sam Houston as early as 1886. Since then, "Golden Age" architect A.W. Tillinghast has built three courses around the city, including recently revamped Brackenridge Park near the city center. Pecan Valley is another historic, public option that formerly hosted the PGA Championship in 1968. Most of Texas' finest players - including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead - all competed here on courses available to the public today.

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