“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
While everyone's heard of the Alamo, few visitors realize that San Antonio also includes four other 18th-century Spanish missions within its city limits: Mission Nuestra Seora de la Purisima Concepcin de Acua, Mission San Jos y San Miguel de Aguayo, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. Together they make up the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and you can easily visit all four over the course of an afternoon by car. The chapels remain active Catholic parish churches, with weekly services attended by the direct descendants of the natives who built them under Spanish rule. Some of the surviving structures and features are more than 270 years old, and irresistible draws for history buffs.