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By Whit Honea

TheAlamo, San Antonio. Credit: Tomasland

The Alamo, San Antonio. Credit: Tomasland

Last minute travel is typically an exercise in frustration. Hotels are booked, shows are sold out, and none of the restaurants have openings. Throw a holiday like Memorial Day into the mix and you’ve got some tricky travel planing on your hands. But here’s the upside to last minute travel; it’s often a great time to score good travel deals. If you’re still toying with a Memorial Day vacation and not sure where to go, San Antonio may be just the ticket for your last minute travel plans.

A beautiful city with so much to offer, San Antonio is chock full of options for the last minute traveler, especially for families. You’ll find Franciscan missions and a beautiful skyline, SeaWorld and Six Flags, and let’s not forget The Alamo. You’ll also enjoy Paseo del Rio (aka, the River Walk), a public park along the shores of the San Antonio River lined with restaurants, hotels, and numerous attractions. Fun activities and dining, gorgeous weather and scenery — all can make for a perfect Memorial Day vacation in San Antonio, but let’s not forget the hotels…

Paseo del Rio, San Antonio's Riverwalk, by night. Credit: Corey Leopold.

Paseo del Rio, San Antonio's Riverwalk, by night. Credit: Corey Leopold.

One of the newest editions to add to the already-impressive collection of hotels in San Antonio is the San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, a lot of name for a lot of hotel. The Hill Country Resort & Spa features a 36-hole championship golf course, a 27,000-square-foot spa, and a six-acre River Bluff water park. In addition to everything else San Antonio has to offer, the Hill Country Resort & Spa is a family vacation destination in its own right, whether your needs be last minute travel, Memorial Day deals, or simply a breathtaking slice of Texas.

The Westin Riverwalk greets its guests with dark Venezuelan chocolate on a platter when you arrive, and the attentive service never wanes from there.The Westin Riverwalk features oversized rooms decorated with the elegance of historic Texas, and most have balconies overlooking the river.

The Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk sits across from the Alamo and provides easy access to all that the area has to offer, from sidewalk cafes and galleries to a riverboat ride down the San Antonio River.The Hyatt features a rooftop pool, a full spa, Chaps for dining, and the renowned Jim Cullum’s Landing Jazz Club for those who love music.

San Antonio garden. Credit: Christian Gonzalez Veron

San Antonio garden. Credit: Christian Gonzalez Veron

If you’re looking for Memorial Day deals, consider San Antonio, Texas. There’s a lot to do and a lot of room to do it in, which bodes well for the those seeking exceptional travel at the last minute.

Whit Honea is a travel writer living in Seattle with his wife and two children. He packs light and travels often to far-away places, exotic lands and more than a few theme parks.

Tagged: Family time

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn is a travel writer and Chicago journalist whose work appears in Chicago magazine, HuffPost Travel and Condé Nast’s HotelChatter. Globetrotting since infancy, she’s the daughter of a travel agent and considers thrill seeking part of the DNA. Find her on Twitter at @ninakhahn.

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