Thomas and I took a trip to Houston and San Antonio for my birthday weekend. I am the trip planner, so I compiled a list of activities and stops for our trip! Today, we are going to dive into the Houston and San Antonio must sees!
Airfare was less expensive flying into Houston than San Antonio, so we booked flights into the George Bush International Airport. From here, we picked up our rental car. I can not emphasize how great Costco Rental Cars are, so if you have a membership definitely check it out! We saved around $200.
We checked into our cute and comfortable Airbnb and took a drive into the city of Houston. We enjoyed dinner at Moonshiners The Moonshine Mule and chicken dish were very tasty!
On my birthday, we took a drive to San Antonio (around three hours from Houston). The drive consisted of one straight highway, but there was a “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow… and that pot of gold is called In N Out Burger. YUM!
After lunch, we had some time to kill so we took a lap at a local park. At around 2:30 pm, we headed to our first fun activity- Horseback Riding!
For $40 a person, West Creek Trail rides offers an hour guided horseback ride! Simply show up 10 minutes before your reservation and a guide will size a horse for you to ride based on your height and will give you a brief lesson on how to instruct your horse. Then it’s off to the races! Well, not quite.. it’s a fun yet chill hour ride through a beautiful ranch. Afterwards, you may be convinced that you are a cowgirl or a cast member on the tv show West World or that you need a horse… Maybe it was just me?
We checked into Airbnb #2 following our horseback riding adventure. We stayed in an apartment near the San Antonio Riverwalk. This is a must do in San Antonio! From the restaurants to the mariachi bands to the nice views, the Riverwalk is the perfect place to wind down, grab a drink, and enjoy some delicious cuisine.
Thomas and I had dinner at the Republic of Texas. We enjoyed margaritas and BBQ. Following dinner, we walked around and enjoyed more margaritas and Riverwalk views. It was such a nice night.
On Friday, we headed to activity #3, The Alamo. We explore the Alamo and read the historical information cards. It was very cool and quite beautiful. For lunch, we enjoyed the Panaderia Bakery and Cafe. So yummy!
After walking around San Antonio, we headed to activity #4: the Natural Bridge Caverns. For around $27 a person, you can explore incredible caves on a guided tour. The views were beautiful, and despite being claustrophobic, I did not feel that way! I highly recommend a trip here. The tour lasted around an hour and it was so much fun!
Following this cool experience, we headed back to the apartment, got cleaned up, and made our way back out to the Riverwalk for dinner. Despite the long waits as it was a Friday night, the Original Mexican Restaurant hooked us up with a table after only 5 minutes! I highly recommend the taco salad-it was phenomenal!
On Saturday, we took it easy as we needed to return our rental car back in Houston. We headed to the airport and then took an uber to Duke’s, a local spot with good food, good drinks, and good vibes! We recommend the burgers here, and a good ole Texas Mule. After hanging out for a little while, we ubered back to our hotel. We stayed at the Best Western near the airport, which provided a convenient free shuttle at 4:00 AM on Sunday! It was also nearby a convenience store and a Sonic, what more could you need 😉
Houston and San Antonio are very cool cities, and I can not wait to see what else Texas has to offer in future trips! Hope you enjoyed this Must Do travel guide, as you explore this free, fun state!