Top things to do in San Antonio & Hill Country

Top Choice Waterfront in San Antonio

River Walk

A little slice of Europe in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the 15-mile River Walk is an essential part of the San Antonio experience. This is no ordinary riverfront, but a charming canal and pedestrian street th…
Top Choice Historic Building in San Antonio

The Alamo

Find out why the story of the Alamo can rouse a Texan’s sense of state pride like few other things. For many, it’s not so much a tourist attraction as a pilgrimage – you might notice some visitors getting downright …
Top Choice Park in Hill Country

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

What's so enchanting about a rock? Well, when you see the pink granite dome dating from the Proterozoic era rising 425ft above ground – one of the largest batholiths in the US – you'll know you're not looking at any…
Top Choice Cafe in Fredericksburg

Vaudeville

This dapper underground bistro looks like a soda fountain gone posh. The folks lunching here are as stylish as the decor, but don't worry, you'll find welcoming Hill Country hospitality in these hip digs. The gourme…
Top Choice Pizza in Dripping Springs

Pieous

Holy moly, this is good pie. Opened just a few years ago, this wood-fired pizza joint has earned kudos left and right. The motto here is 'food is our religion,' which gives a nod to the name of the place and to thei…
Top Choice Dance Hall in Gruene

Gruene Hall

Folks have been congregating here since 1878, making it one of Texas' oldest dance halls and the oldest continually operating one. Toss back a longneck, two-step to live music on the wellworn wooden dance floor, che…
Top Choice Bar in San Antonio

Friendly Spot Ice House

This place feels like a big neighborhood party where everyone is getting along. And what could be more inviting than a pecan tree–shaded yard filled with colorful metal lawn chairs? Friends (and their dogs) gather t…
Top Choice American in Gruene

Gristmill Restaurant

Conscientious service and juicy steaks topped with lemon-butter are highlights here, where a preshow dinner (it's behind Gruene Hall) transforms into a memorably pleasant experience. Right under the water tower, the…
Top Choice American in San Antonio

Cured

Slabs of meat hang smack-dab in the center of the dining room at new-on-the-scene Cured, where the charcuterie platters ($18 to $36) are loaded with meats, spreads, pickles and crackers. At lunch, look for the daily…
Top Choice Barbecue in Dripping Springs

Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this parklike place off Hwy 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. Hungry? Ch…