San Antonio, located in South Texas, is known as the cultural gateway into the American Southwest. It is the second-largest city in the state, and as the fourth-fastest growing large city in the nation, the San Antonio metropolitan area is home to approximately 2 million people.
The city is famous for its River Walk with winds along the San Antonio River. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric along with a tourist attraction in its own right. The Alamo, located nearby, is the San Antonio’s most popular tourist destination.
San Antonio is visited by 26 million tourists per year, who in addition to the taking in the sites at the River Walk and the Alamo, enjoy attractions such as SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio is also home to the first museum of modern art in Texas—the McNay Art Museum, as well as one of the more successful NBA teams in league history, the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio has a vibrant arts community that reflects the rich history and traditions of the area. From lively nightlife and events, to cultural attractions such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Alameda Theater, the city’s diverse entertainment district is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
The city also has a strong military presence—it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley right outside the city. San Antonio is also home to the South Texas Medical Center, which is the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.