This post will conclude our time in San Antonio.
Read Day 1 here, Day 2 here, Day 3 here and Day 4 here.
Before checking out of our hotel, we headed to the River walk to purchase our usual souvenirs…coffee cups & T shirts.
The River walk is very peaceful early in the morning when few people are out & about.
After purchasing our souvenirs, we decided to check out a nearby church called, St Joseph’s Church.
The church is located right above the river walk on the main road.
The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1868, and it was finally completed in 1871. It served a large and growing community of German immigrants.
The church is beautiful & definitely worth a visit.
Stained glass windows, imported from the Emil Frei Art Glass Factory in Munich were installed in 1902.
After leaving the church, we headed back down to the river walk.
Along the river walk is a bronze statue of Saint Anthony. It was placed here in 1968.
San Antonio is named after St. Anthony.
A shot of the steeple on St. Joseph’s Church.
After walking around the river walk for a while, we headed back to our room to check out.
We then headed to the King William historic district.
The district encompasses land that was once irrigated farm land belonging to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, commonly known as the Alamo.
In the 1840’s, the area developed into an idyllic neighborhood of large, impressive houses designed in the Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate styles.
The main street into the neighborhood was given the name King William in honor of King Wilhelm I, King of Prussia in the 1870s.
In 1968 the King William neighborhood became San Antonio’s first designated historic district. In 1972, King William was listed as a National Register Historic District.
See more historic districts in San Antonio here
The houses here are definitely worth seeing! They are gorgeous!
In this same area is the old Guenther House that is now a restaurant.
Read about the history of the house here & see the restaurant menu here
We had wanted to eat breakfast here our last day but sadly it was closed.
After admiring all the beautiful homes, we then headed to Austin where we would be flying out.
As we were leaving the King William District area, we passed this beautiful mural.
Austin is approx. 1 hr 15 mins from San Antonio.
We flew into Austin because the car rentals were cheaper and the non stop flights were better.
Arriving to Austin
After arriving, we had some time to kill before heading to the airport so we decided to visit the Capitol.
We passed this beautiful church on the way.
Once we arrived to the Capitol, we found parking right outside the gate.
We had to pay to park but it wasn’t much.
The Capitol sits on approximately 22 acres in the heart of downtown Austin.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature 17 monuments. You could definitely spend all day here exploring!
The Capitol was built in 1885 and the massive three-story Sunset Red Texas Granite structure is the largest capitol building in the United States.
Sadly, we only got to spend about an hour here before we had to head to the airport. We didn’t have time to go inside.
You can take a free tour of the Capitol or do a self guided tour by picking up a pamphlet from the information desk or the visitors center.
Some of the monuments
The back of the Capitol building
If you get hungry while you are here, you can grab something to eat at the Capitol Grill inside the Capitol or the nearby Texas Chili Parlor that has been featured in movies like Death Proof. If you like Indian food, don’t miss the nearby Clay Pit that was built in 1853.
After leaving here, we headed to the airport.
After getting checked in, we headed to our gate…on the way, we noticed a Sprinkles cupcake vending machine!
We love their cupcakes…sadly, the only location they had in Nashville closed.
So, of course, we had to buy one.!
Yum, so good! I told you I splurged on vacation! 😉
Thanks for reading!
Up next will be NC!
We spend a lot of time in NC and I’ve done several blogs on the area….you can read them here, here, here, here, here, & here.