The 7th largest city in the United States (and growing), San Antonio has a rich and storied history, with old and modern landmarks, making it a scenic place to explore by run. Originally settled by Spanish Catholic missionaries in the late 17th century, over time this new Spanish Mexican province became the capital of the Southwestern lands. Over a series of battles over 30 years, starting in 1828, this territory, the capital of which was San Antonio, was taken over by Americans, and finally annexed into the United States in 1845.
The Alamo, the location of one of the major battles for Texan independence, is located downtown, as are other historic landmarks including the 17th century missions and the San Fernando Cathedral. Tourist and cultural attractions include the Tower of the Americas, San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Arts Community, and the River Walk, winding through downtown and beyond along the San Antonio River. This is our guide to the best places to run in San Antonio, Texas.
There is very good running accessible from downtown hotels. The centerpiece is the River Walk, 2.5 miles downtown, with River paths continuing further south to the historic 17th century missions.The San Antonio Highlights Loop runs by all the major landmarks in the downtown area. For quieter, less city-congested runs, Brackenridge Park and Olmos Basin Park are close to downtown. The Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills residential neighborhoods are great for running. Further out, just past the airport, are McAllister Park and Eisenhower Park, and opportunities to get a taste of Texas Hill Country running. There is also an extensive and growing network of greenways and linear parks, which are great for running.
Transportation wise, there is good running accessible from downtown. There are buses but no real rail or metro system. Anything outside the city requires a car. The airport is only 15–20 minutes away.