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Windsor Castle: Planning A Visit To The Oldest Castle In The World 15

Windsor Castle: Planning A Visit To The Oldest Castle In The World // Being Leanna

Windsor Castle

When planning your trip to London you need to take the trip to see Windsor Castle. You should allow for at least a half day. Everyone loves a good castle so why not go to the oldest one in the world? I promise it’s worth the 30 minute train ride. Stay tuned for how to best explore Windsor Castle! If you’re looking for other things to do in London check out this post, this post and this one about where to get the best views in London!

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Logistics:

Getting There:

Taking a train is the easiest way to get to Windsor. If you’re already in the city just take the tube to Paddington Station. From there you’ll need to buy about a £10-15 train ticket to Windsor Central station. You’ll have to change over in Slough but it’s incredibly easy, just cross the platform. If you’ve bought the London Pass (which I highly recommend) you won’t need to buy a train ticket.

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When to go: 

Between fall and spring are the best times to go as all of the attractions at Windsor will be open. Additionally, the changing of the guards only takes place on Monday, Wednesday or Friday and that’s a must see. Sunday would be the only day to not go to the castle as there are no guard changes and the Chapel are closed. Be sure to check the opening and closing times as they change depending on the season! 

Tickets:

Adult tickets are £20.50 (included in the London Pass if you’ve purchased that). A complimentary audio guide is included as well as a 30 minute Precinct tour if that interests you. There is security at Windsor Castle so be sure to pack light and don’t bring anything that wouldn’t be allowed in. If you have a large backpack you might need to check it at the coat closet. Most notably, you definitely need to wear comfortable walking shoes as most of the grounds are on an incline. 

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Why You Should Go:

Windsor Castle is the mother of all castles. Windsor is over 900 years old and is a full 13 acres of working palace. This is the place to envelop yourself in a piece of British history. Strolling through its massive walls makes it easy to imagine the castle as it was back in 1100A.D. Everywhere you turn is picture perfect. From the manicured lawns, to the stunning State Apartments, to St. George’s Chapel which sits in the middle of the massive grounds

The Queen herself resides at the castle most weekends and is there for a whole month during Easter. There are many times throughout the year when the Queen is in residence and all you have to do is check the flag atop the round tower. If the flag is flying, she’s in town! Even if the Queen isn’t around to catch a glimpse of in the windows allow yourself 2-3 hours to fully explore all the attractions. 

Windsor Castle: Planning A Visit To The Oldest Castle In The World // Being Leanna

Changing of the Guards:

Watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle rather than at Buckingham Palace. The 30 minute (11 AM) ceremony isn’t as extravagant but the process is exactly the same and you’ll fight less to get a better view. After the ceremony is your chance to try and crack a smile on the new guards face. Best of luck!

State Apartments:

Home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking art from the Royal Collection. If you’d like to see the amazing works of Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto be sure to check the calendar before you visit as they are periodically closed for events. 

Semi-State Rooms:

These are only open from September to March as they are used for official entertaining in the summer months. Not only will you get to walk in the same spots as old British Royalty but present royalty as well! 

Queen Mary’s Dollhouse

This particular exhibit I didn’t get a chance to check out and after reading up, I wish I had! Queen Mary’s Doll’s House is the largest doll house in the world. There are thousands of items in the doll house to take a peek at, including a wine cellar! Though not nearly as old as the rest of the castle (built in the 1920’s) it’s still worth a stroll through. 

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St. George’s Chapel

You can’t miss this stunning Gothic chapel in the middle of Windsor Castle. Anyone interested in history will be thrilled to know that Henry VIII and Charles I are buried here, along with 8 other Monarchs. In addition to being an extravagant burial ground, St. George’s is home to the Order of the Garter which was established in 1348. Can you believe that? The Chapel is closed on Sundays but, if you plan on attending services you can still sneak in. Definitely be mindful of that when planning your visit. You won’t want to miss this. 

When it comes time to leave your new dream home, head down the hill into the equally charming town of Windsor. Grab a bite to eat with the stone facade of the castle watching over you. If you can’t wait to eat you can request re-admission from any of the interior shops. The surrounding town is stunningly beautiful and has an ample amount of cafes, restaurants and shops so 

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Travel Tips: How I Plan and Book Vacations // Being Leanna

Happy Monday, friends!

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. It’s not sponsored (although I’d love it to be!) and it’s all things I actually do. I want to tell you all my best travel tips for planning and booking vacations! Each trip is different and requires different amounts of time to plan and I take the same steps every time. So what is my process? What are my best travel tips? Look no further!

Travel Tips:

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How I Plan My Trips:

Start with a list of destinations: I constantly have a list of places that i’d like to go bumbling around in my head as i’m sure a lot of you do as well. Write that list down. Prioritize it if you can and go from there. Do you want a solo trip, a trip with friends or a loved one? A great travel tip of mine is to sort your must see destinations by how you’d like to travel. Put your solo trips in one column and your “buddy travel” trips in another. 

Logistics. Once you have a list of destinations in mind, figure out how long your trip will be. I always like to go away for at least a week but sometimes a long weekend is nice for a closer trip. For a trip abroad I like to allow myself any time over a week. After you figure out how much time you’re going to take off you need to figure out when. Consider the destinations on your list and figure out when the best times to travel are. For example, I prefer to go to Europe in the spring. it’s cheaper than the summertime and the weather is still nice. Plus, have you ever seen London covered in daffodils? It’s incredibly beautiful. 

Browse flights/hotels: After you’ve got a time frame for your trip it’s time to hop online and search for flights, hotels, events etc. When I was planning a trip last October I was deciding between Texas, California and Iceland. Texas was in my price range for the dates I wanted to travel and had the Texas State Fair going on. California was decently priced but it also had the added cost of renting a car. That pushed the trip out of my price range. Iceland was expensive as expected.

Pick your destination! Yes, step 4 is pick your destination. Not step 1. I’m not sure how normal that is, but it’s my process and it always works so well. I ended up going to Texas as i’m sure most of you will remember from my Houston, San Antonio and Dallas recaps. The state fair won me over and i’m too restless to stay in one place for a whole week so San Antonio and Houston were quickly added to the list of destinations. 

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How I Book My Trips:

Shop around for deals: Once you’ve picked your destination and dates it’s time to shop around for deals! For me this is the most fun. I really like searching Skip Lagged for flights but I always end up booking through Expedia. Each airline has their own booking so definitely check those out. Same goes for hotels. If you’re going to be staying at a chain their own website generally has some good deals. 

Book your flight/hotel/etc. A lot of the time when I travel I end up flying into one place and out of another and Expedia has been the best site for me that accommodates that. I hear Southwest is amazing but you can’t fly into one place and out of another without booking separately. Talk about annoying. Another great thing about Expedia (or Kayak or any of those sites) is that you can book everything all at once. Booking everything through one site can make your travel experience so much easier. 

Don’t stop shopping around for deals: This might be the best travel tip I have today. Expedia has a great price guarantee program. As you get closer and closer to your trip just keep looking for deals. If you find a flight or a room that’s exactly the same they’ll refund you the difference and give you a $50 credit for your next purchase. A lot of the “all in one” booking sites have features just like this so.

Book the fun stuff: Now that you’ve got your tip booked you need to do the day to day planning like where to eat, what sites to see, etc. I really love using blogs for inspiration as well as Pinterest. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Trip Advisor, and if not, get your butt on their site immediatly. Trip Advisor ranks all the best things to do by popularity so you’ll know all the hot spots to visit. City Pass is another great site for booking activities. City Pass groups together a bunch of tickets all in once price. At this point I also highly suggest looking into public transportation at your destination. Can you easily get from your hotel to a metro stop or will you be using Uber the whole time? It’s good to plan ahead. 

Write up an Itinerary: This isn’t the most fun part (for some) but I think it’s incredibly important. I like to write down my destination, where i’m staying, what time i’m arriving and all the relevant details. A lot of the time i’ll go a step further and write out what things I want to do on what days so I don’t forget. Trust me, you don’t want to get home from vacation and realize you forgot something that you really wanted to see.

Hit up social media: Once I’ve got my trip booked and all the fun stuff taken care of I like to ask my friends on social media for recommendations on where to eat and spots that I might not necessarily know about. If you know anyone that has been to or lives at your travel destination, hit them up for recommendations! Locals know their town better than any travel website will. 

There you have it! The best travel tips for planning and booking your next trip. Remember, the destination doesn’t have to be your first choice! Focus on your budget and your time-frame, then pick where to go.

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Top 3 Views In London: If You Aren’t Afraid Of Heights

A lot of people are afraid of heights. This post probably isn’t for you. The best way to see a city is to get up high and enjoy the view. I’m not sure what it is in me that causes me to seek out the tallest buildings wherever I go but it happens. All three of these places were high on my list (pun intended) when I made plans to go to London. Especially the Shard. It’s the tallest building in Western Europe and no place for someone who panics around heights. I thought i’d gather up my favorite London tall spots for those that want to seek out the best views. 

London Eye

One of the most recognizable Ferris wheels in the world. When in London you must t0 minute, 1 rotation ride on the London Eye for some stunning views of Westminster and the river. For £22.45 it’s not the cheapest of activities but for stunning views of the city you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for more of a special ride you can pay £26.45 and get a ride during the day, and at night! If you’re looking for just one ride, the absolute best time to go is sunset. Be aware that when you buy your tickets you pay for a particular time. The London Eye is the world’s largest observation wheel. Each of the 32 capsules are fully enclosed which is perfect for rainy London days. If you go during New Year’s you could even get to see their spectacular fireworks display! 

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

The Shard

Western Europe’s tallest building. On a clear day you can see up to 40 miles! You can even see the Olympic village. This is easily the best place to get amazing 360° views of London. You’ll be up on the 72nd floor and outside! You can feel the fresh air and hear the bustling city below you. It’s a one of a kind experience. They have general admission tickets and you can even get champagne service! You can buy your tickets in advance online and save 15% (£25.95 or buy them the day of. At the time of booking you do need to chose a time slot so be sure to plan your day around that time! I highly suggest sunset for even more stunning views.

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Tower Bridge

Besides being one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world Tower Bridge is also known for having an awesome glass floor 42 meters above the water. Yes, it’s much shorter than the other two breathtaking spots to get a lovely view on this list but it’s got glass floors. Talk about a rush. The exhibit goes through the whole history of the bridge and upstairs in the walkway they have a whole exhibit all about bridges. Even if you aren’t into architecture it’s fascinating reading about how different types of bridges work and seeing them all over the world! Plus, you cannot beat the £9 price (£8 if bought online). The best time to go is when the bridge will be opening. Check out their website (linked above) to see the next time it’ll happen!

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

Top 3 Views In London // Being Leanna

And there you have it! 3 of the best views in London, especially if you aren’t afraid of heights. Be sure to check out my other London based posts here and here with tons of other activities to do!

Directions:

You can easily do all three of these in one day and I’ve provided a map below. Start at either the London Eye or the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge and The Shard are a quick 12 minute walk away and from The Shard you can hop on the Tube and take the Jubilee line from the London Bridge station to the Westminster station. 

 

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Dallas, Texas a Detailed Guide:

Hey ya’ll! If you follow me anywhere on social media you’ll know that I packed my bags and headed to Texas for a week way back in October. Today, i’m finally prepared to tell you all about my trip to Dallas! From where I stayed, to what you need to eat, and most importantly what sights you need to see! I’ve got it all. In addition to this list, at the bottom of the post I’ve included a map with all these places so you can save  it for when you’re in Dallas!

First up, we’ve got to talk about where I stayed. 

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Magnolia Hotel- Downtown Dallas

Wow. The Magnolia is probably the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever stayed at. I found a great deal through Expedia and jumped on the chance to stay at a fancy hotel for a few nights. The Magnolia was the first sky scraper in Dallas and it was the first high rise ever in the United States to get air conditioning. Plus, it’s got a giant Pegasus on top which makes it easy to see from basically anywhere in the city. The amenities are fantastic; big, clean bathroom, exceptionally comfortable beds, high ceilings and a gigantic bathtub. The included breakfast was better than a lot of restaurants, there were 2 complimentary drinks per evening and the best part? Cookies and milk. You heard that right, free cookies and milk and every evening. 

The location is perfect for all sorts of sights and it’s only a two block walk to the DART. The picture above is the back side of the hotel from the DART station. Another bonus? The flagship Neiman Marcus is right next door. Shopaholics, you’ve been warned! 

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Dallas Arboretum

The most beautiful arboretum I’ve ever been to. They had everything. I even made friends with a lizard. We could have gotten lost there for hours. I highly suggest bringing some snacks and sunscreen! We walked around for a few hours and were starving and exhausted. It was in the 90s even in October so be prepared! I loved all of the water features the most. Something about water is just so relaxing to me. Even if you don’t have a car this place is a must see, you can easily get there by bus (like we did!). 

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They were setting up their Christmas exhibit while we were there which looked phenomenal so if you’re near Dallas now you’ve go to go. In the fall, when we were there, they had pumpkins and gourds galore. So beautiful.

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Steel City Pops

So good, we had two. Not at all ashamed and i’m really mad that we don’t have one of these in New York. I was on a mission to find one after hearing Leigh Ann of LeighAnn Says on YouTube rave about them on one of her vlogs. Luckily there is one a short ways up from the Arboretum when I was in dire need of a snack. Look at those faces, we were not disappointed. If you’re ever in any of the areas that have Steel City Pops I would suggest you head there asap. I’ve never had a tastier popsicle, ever. 

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Sixth floor museum

I didn’t realize how little I knew about JFK until I went to this museum. It was the first thing we did upon getting to Dallas besides sleep (we arrived late at night). I may have eaten a few cookies firs too.

I knew that JFK’s assassination has always been a hot topic but I never really realized why. It’s amazing how many conspiracy theories there are and how much is still unknown about the event. The museum is set up exceptionally well and the audio guides are free and they take you around the entire museum. The only complaint I had was how busy it was. Sometimes it was a bit too crowded at some of the audio guide stops so i’d have to stay back and not see the pictures or videos. But, I guess that’s a testament to how important JFK was. My tip? Show up as soon as it opens in the morning. 

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Texas State Fair

I’m going to write an entire post about this once it becomes fair time again. Totally slacked and didn’t get one up while the fair was still going on. Next year! I will say that a huge reason I picked October to go to Texas was for the fair and it did not disappoint. A huge shout out to Sarah for encouraging me to get to Dallas! I wrote a post back in June about wanting to go and it was booked before July.

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I’ll leave you with this, the most awkward, inappropriate picture I’ve ever taken. A corn dog in front of Big Tex. This was my first corn dog ever and it was amazing. I could have spent every minute I was in Dallas at the fair there was so much to see!

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Deep Ellum

My new favorite neighborhood in the USA. I felt right at home in Deep Ellum the second I stepped off the DART. The street art was amazing, the people were amazing and the places we stopped into were fantastic. Plus, it was only 2 stops from our hotel! Fun fact, it was originally called Deep Elm but with people’s southern drawls it always sounded more like Ellum so, the name stuck! Below are some of my favorite stops in Deep Ellum.

 

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Traveling man sculptures 

This guy is currently the background on my computer. And, if you follow my Instagram I’ve got a picture with his buddy that I love so much that I broke my Instagram theme. That’s how much I love these sculptures. How could you not?

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Emporium Pies

Okay, I know this is very polarizing and I won’t be mad if you think i’m crazy but, I don’t like pie. 

Phew, what a weight off my chest. So, how did I end up in a pie shop you may ask? Well, my buddy Ben loves pie. We happened to be strolling by and we just had to go in. We don’t have anything like this in Albany, NY. Ben gives it the seal of approval. Especially after he found out that he could get a glass of milk with his pie. Here’s the picture to prove it. 

Dallas: Everything You Need To Know Before You Go // Being Leanna

Dallas: Everything You Need To Know Before You Go // Being Leanna

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

I’m a beer girl. I’ll take a beer over any kind of alcoholic drink any day and I love going places where they brew their own. Deep Ellum Brewing was a necessary stop and I was not disappointed. The laid back feel is perfect for a late lunch and a flight of beer. You can buy Deep Ellum beer all over the place but there’s something special about hanging out where it’s born!

Needless to say I could have spent my entire week long vacation just Exploring Deep Ellum and I really want/need to go back.

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The Rustic

This place was high on my list when I started researching Dallas. It’s an awesome bar/restaurant with a huge outdoor stage. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to eat the restaurant’s food because it was shut down for a concert but there were vendors all over the place and it was super cool. I’m not a huge country fan so I left my friend behind and made my way downtown to explore the night life.

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The Eye

If you’re a fan of art or just strange things you must stop by the eyeball in Dallas. Why is it there? Not a clue. Is it worth the Instagram photo? For sure.

Dallas: Everything You Need To Know Before You Go // Being Leanna

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Is one of the coolest Museums I’ve ever been to. There are 4 floors full of interactive exhibits and each floor has its own theme. I’m 27 and I may have been having more fun than the school groups there. It’s that good. I strongly suggest getting there early or getting tickets online as it is incredibly busy and you’ll want to be one of the first to arrive. If you go, listen to the story of how the universe was formed all the way on the top floor and tell me that voice isn’t familiar.  It’s Owen Wilson. How? Why? I don’t know but, it made me and the other adults around enjoy the presentation even more, ha. Oh, PS: the building itself is a work of art, even if you can’t make it in, at least do a lap around the building.

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Klyde Warren Park

It’s a park. Over a freeway. Right next to the arts district. Aka the best spot to grab a lunch in between museums. We stopped at one of the food trucks (Greek for me) and lounged in the park to relax before hitting our next museum. There is so much open green space and for being in the middle of the city, it’s pretty darn serene!

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Dallas Museum of Art

While I will say that the Perot was my favorite of all the museums on my trip, I really loved the Dallas Museum of Art. There is SO MUCH to see that you definitely need to grab some lunch before hand. Did I mention it’s free? This is a great, free way to explore. We were a bit museum-ed out after this. Fortunately, we didn’t get to to to the Nasher Sculpture Center as we had originally planned because it was closed for some reason? Very strange but like I said, museum-ed out. I suggest pacing yourself! I hope to hit this place up the next time i’m in town!

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Reunion Tower

The best view of Dallas, hands down. On a nice day you can even see all the way to Cowboys stadium (ew). The tower is 470 feet up and you get to be outside! Talk about feeling free. The tower itself kinda reminds me of the Universal Studios ball and it lights up in a variety of colors. The weekend we were in town was the Longhorns v. Oklahoma game and it the tower even had special lights for that! Plus, I totally fit right in by wearing an orange sweater. Let’s pretend I had planned that one ahead of time.

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Cattle Sculptures

I knew nothing about this before going to Dallas but, i’m so glad we checked this out. There are dozens of life sized cattle herding in the park that you can walk through. It’s so beautiful. Plus, if you’re heading to Reunion Tower like we were, it’s a quick walk!

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The Mitchell

Now, i’m not a big “going out” kind of person. Yeah, I like going to bars and having a good time, but i’m not a big partier. Especially when i’m out by myself in a strange, new city. I went here by myself, had a quick bite to eat and chatted with the bartenders while I had a couple beers before strolling around downtown to see what what else was going on. I loved the swanky, 1920’s vibe I got from the place.

And there you go! Everything you need to see, do and eat in Dallas! Leave me some comments below with your recommendations for anyone who plans on going soon! And for me, because lets be honest, i’ll be back to Dallas as soon as I can. 

To make things a bit easier for your upcoming trip to Dallas, Texas, here’s a map of everything I just mentioned! Just save it yourself and you can find all these places through Google Maps!

 

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How To Spend 24 Hours In San Antonio, Texas 

 

Hey ya’ll! Today i’m bringing you a step by step guide with everything you need to know about heading to San Antonio, Texas! From where to stay to where to eat and what to do! I hope you all enjoy! 

Step 1: Find an Amazing Hotel

My only requirement for booking a hotel in San Antonio was that it had to be on the river walk. We were only going to be spending one night at the hotel so I wanted it to be as centrally located as possible. I came across the Drury Inn & Suites (not to be confused with the Drury Plaza across the street) and was immediately impressed. The pictures on their website (and on Expedia where I ultimately booked the hotel) were fantastic. The hotel was right on the river walk, there was a complimentary breakfast and you could get a room with a balcony. Done and done. 

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I didn’t realize until we were checking in just how fantastic the hotel was. In addition to a complimentary breakfast we were handed over drink tickets for the 5:30 Kickback that they have. Oh, and it wasn’t just one drink ticket. It’s 3 complimentary drinks per person per night. WHAT. The kickback also includes food. Dinner food. Needless to say we saved a ton of money by eating dinner at the hotel. If you thought that was cool there is also free popcorn and soft drinks from 3-10pm. Hellooooo snack time. By the way, there’s also a roof top pool.  No. Big. Deal. 

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Step 2: Figure out how you’ll get around

If you’re a smart cookie like I think you all are, you’ve booked a hotel on the river walk which means you can basically walk anywhere you’ll need to go. The river walk has all sorts of bridges and staircases to get you all over the place as the main part of the river walk is a big loop. 

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// Just a couple warnings about the river walk: It doesn’t appear to be too wheelchair friendly. The hotels all have access to the river walk and they have elevators inside but I didn’t see a single elevator on the walk itself and only a handful of ramps. Additionally, there are many, many areas of the river walk that have no railings you you need to be careful with kids (or yourself after a few drinks). At night it’s pretty crowded so just be careful.

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

When you’re ready to wander outside of the river walk the best way we found to get around was to rent a bike. Just find the station nearest you and hop on! It’s $12 for 24 hours which we found was perfect. BCycle even has an app so you can easily map out where to drop your bike off while you explore. We chose to rent bikes while we went on a little Mission Tour and to get a broader view of the city without having to rent a car. 

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Step 3: Prioritize what you’d like to do

When you’ve only got 24 hours in a city you really need to prioritize what you what to see because unfortunately, you won’t get to do everything. Here’s a list of everything we did and why it should be on your list too. 

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// The River Walk

This one is a no-brainer. It’s the top attraction in San Antonio and it’s a must see. Take a stroll around. Take as many pictures as you can. Kill some time and take a seat on a bench to do some people watching. I highly suggest doing a day time and a night time stroll as San Antonio turns magical as soon as dusk hits. Lights everywhere. If you’re interested in learning some history or have some people in your group who are a little less mobile there are a lot of options for boat tours.

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

// The Alamo & Mission Trail

Another no-brainer. Everyone has heard the phrase “remember the Alamo” and you’ll get to step inside and learn why you should remember it, for free! You’ll get to explore the former Mission (part of the San Antonio Missions mentioned below) turned fortress with some cool demonstrations by staff as well as periodic history talks that are all free. Definitely make sure you go first thing in the morning as this is a free, and very popular attraction. Plus, it’ll be a lot cooler in the morning.

From there, if you’re at all interested in history you really need to check out the Mission trail (or at least one other mission). We went to the Mission Concepción which is the oldest un-restored church in America. 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

// Arts

If you’re into contemporary or modern art at all you’ve got to check this place out. The place is called Artplace and it’s a residency and guest curation place. Artists go there and stay and create their art and have it on display. It was such a fun place to pop into to get out of the hot sun before grabbing snacks and heading out of town.

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//  Shopping

San Antonio has 9 shopping centers. Nine. There’s a few typical malls which are nice if the weather isn’t too great. The Shops at the River Center you can get to right off the river walk and its steps away from the Alamo. Market Square is far superior in my opinion with over 80 small shops and stalls. Any souvenir you could ever want is in this place. The best shopping center IMO?  La Villita. It’s a small shopping village with art galleries, unique gifts and restaurants. Everything you could want all wrapped up in an adorable village. 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

 

Step 4: Find Good Food & Drinks

This might be the most important part of any trip. Good food and drinks are insanely important and can really make or break a destination in my opinion. Because we were only in town for 24 hours we didn’t do any planning on where to eat and chose to just grab whatever when we were hungry. For us, that meant spending the night in and eating at our hotel so we could spend more time wandering around. The food was pretty decent and our 3 complimentary drinks (margaritas for me) made dinner at the hotel an easy win. When going anywhere don’t underestimate the hotel staff. They are full of amazing recommendations which is how we ended up at:

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

// Acenar 

Modern Tex Mex is how this restaurant is described and it was exactly we were craving upon arrival to San Antonio. Our hotel even had a coupon for us that got us a free appetizer. Talk about a win. I had chicken enchiladas and they were out of this world. Of course I had a delicious margarita to wash it down with so that helped. I had the best margaritas in my life in Texas. 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

// Boudros Texas Bistro 

We stumbled across this place as we were walking down the river walk. If you’re looking for a place to eat outside with an amazing view and delicious food, this is the place. Still not convinced? They make fresh guac at your table. in front of you. It’s delicious. We went with appetizers and I could not recommend the place more. The prices were a bit steep for lunch for me, but, you’ve got to take the beautiful view into consideration. Plus, we got to meet an adorable duck family with ducklings. Swoon. 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

// The Esquire Tavern

Conveniently right across the river from our hotel was one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to. I have never felt so un-cool in my life. The Esquire is the oldest bar on the river walk and it’s got a wooden bar top that’s 100 feet long. Yes, 100 feet and you’ll still have to fight for space at the bar. This place is that good. 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna

 

And that folks, is how you spend the best 24 hours ever in San Antonio! Let me know if you have any other recommendations or suggestions in the comments below! I’d love to hear them.

Thanks For Reading // Being Leanna

 

How To Spend 24 Hours in San Antonio, Texas // Being Leanna
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