Top Five Destinations of San Antonio

By the time you read this, either the San Antonio Spurs will have won the 2013 NBA title, or you?ll be preparing for Game 7 with a big bowl of tortilla chips slathered with chicken, tomatoes, chives and cheese and a big side of guacamole. (Watching major sporting events means nachos. Seriously. Go make some. Now.)

I?ll admit I?m not the biggest of NBA fans since the closest team to where I lived was the five-hour drive to Indianapolis, unless you count the Louisville Cardinals, Illinois Fighting Illini or Missouri Tigers. (Hey-o, colleges pay players. Get over it.) Who would want to drive five hours for the Pacers? Heck, driving six hours for the championship Bulls seems excessive. However, even though I wasn?t a fan, once the finals came along, watching became easy and exciting. So, though I don?t have a rooting interest except for LeBron James to succeed (to piss off all of the LeBron haters out there, and yes, I am a troll) or to watch San Antonio win so that I can watch Greg Popovich barely tolerate the sideline reporters and media, I will be front and center watching these last two games because it should be exciting basketball.

Since I?ve already looked at Miami, now seems as good of a time as any to look at the five destinations of San Antonio that you might want to explore when you go to see their victory parade or go to console your basketball loving friends there that have never experienced a finals loss.

Visit the Alamo

I?m not sure it would be possible to visit San Antonio without a stop at the Alamo. I have the feeling that Popovich yells, ?Remember the Alamo? before the end of halftime during every Spurs game in some alternate universe.

Check out Barney Smith?s Toilet Seat Art Museum

I?m not sure that a mention of Barney Smith?s Toilet Seat Art Museum would ever make a motivational speech. However, after my love of history comes a love of a comfortable place to poop. I hope they have public bathrooms there and I hope there isn?t any sharp art on the public seats.

Eat a Chicken Fried Ribeye at Boudro?s

When I first started to gaze around the restaurants in San Antonio, I started to compare them in my mind to the cuisine of Los Angeles, which is not good for San Antonio. Then I found Boudro?s, along the famed Riverwalk, and I spied the chicken fried ribeye and the Texas tapas (skewer of pork tenderloin al pastor, jalapeno sausage and smoked duck), things got real and I stopped comparing and started salivating.

Mountain Bike around McAllister Park

At first, I looked around for a hiking trail, but then reading the reviews of the McAllister Park Trail and I realized I wanted a mountain bike trail. Jumps? A 10-foot cliff? Sold.

Figure out a reason to see the inside of the Majestic Theater

I look at the background of the Majestic Theater website and I want to see the inside of this beautiful old theater. However, besides maybe seeing Cheap Trick or Peter Frampton, the best bet of seeing a show there would be the ?Book of Mormon? coming at the end of September. I guess I could combine that with the new NBA season where everyone has a chance to win again except for the Seattle Supersonics.

Any suggestions for things that I missed? Any additional recommendations for the area? Just let me know in the comments.

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About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."

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