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A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Houston & San Antonio

Scroll right to discover the past, present and future of these two great Texan cities, San Antonio and Houston.

At the end of the story you will be able to enter an exciting competition where you can win a holiday to Houston and San Antonio, in association with Travelbag and United Airlines.

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CELEBRATING 300
YEARS OF SAN ANTONIO

1718 - 1731

Priests of the Franciscan Order established the San Antonio Missions.

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THE TOBIN HAS BEEN RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 THEATRES IN THE WORLD OF ITS SIZE.

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Best World
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MODERN MASTERS INCLUDE
VINCENT VAN GOGH, GEORGIA O'KEEFFE,
PABLO PICASSO, JACKSON POLLOCK,
& PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR

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COMPETITION Win the ultimate holiday
to Houston and San Antonio!

Visit San Antonio and Visit Houston have teamed up with Travelbag and United Airlines to give one lucky person the chance to experience the past, present and future in these two great Texan cities.

The lucky winner will receive return airfares for 2, flying United Airlines from London Heathrow (LHR) to George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH). From there, you’ll spend 3 nights in San Antonio and 3 nights in Houston. We’ll also provide various experiences and attraction passes to make your trip one to remember!

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

1718 - 1731

THE ALAMO & the UNESCO World Heritage Spanish Colonial Missions

More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2-acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo."

For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads in Texan history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground.

Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History.

From 1718 to 1731, priests of the Franciscan Order established the San Antonio Missions. The Spanish government and the Catholic Church sent priests to Texas - then part of ‘New Spain’ - to settle and protect territory claimed by the Spanish Crown.

These four missions, along with the Alamo, have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

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1836

Allen’s landing

The Allen brothers first landed in the area where the confluence of White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou served as a natural turning basin, now known as Allen's Landing. The "city to be" was named after Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto, whom the Allen brothers admired and anticipated to be the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Allen and John Kirby Allen ran an advertisement in the Telegraph and Texas Register for the "Town of Houston”.

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1880’s

TEX-MEX

Adapted from Tejano home cooking, Tex-Mex cuisine made its way to a larger audience for the first time in San Antonio in the 1880s, largely thanks to the cheap, delicious food dished out by a group of women known as the “chili queens” in the city’s plazas. Eateries offer combination plates, fajitas and other dishes brimming in shredded cheese are ‘puro’ San Antonio. Tex-Mex restaurants are pretty much at every corner – but which ones are truly the greatest in town?

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1899

sam houston park

Sam Houston Park is a protected landmark and a State of Texas Historical Site. Located in downtown Houston, it is dedicated to the buildings and culture of Houston's past.

The park is surrounded by the skyscrapers and freeways that typify twenty-first century urban life and is only a short walk from downtown Houston's City Hall.

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1926

TOBIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Tobin Center combines modern design and historic architecture.

Patrons can enjoy performances in the state-of-the-art 1,759-seat performance hall, as well as the 250-seat studio theatre, and the outdoor performance plaza that connects to the famous River Walk.

The Tobin Center is the home to the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio and more.

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1929 / 1938

THE RIVER WALK

The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city.

Ride a river cruiser, rent a bicycle or take your time seeing the sights on foot. With 15 miles of sidewalks and paths, the River Walk provides access to museums, the King William Historic District, 300-year-old Spanish missions, hotels, shops, restaurants and a new adventure around every corner.

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1945

the texas medical centre

The Texas Medical Centre is the largest life sciences destination in the world. Visitors to the Medical Centre can also learn about the amazing human body, the history of medicine and much more by spending some time at three museums, the Health Museum, the Wallace D. Wilson Museum at the Texas Heart Institute and the Debakey Library and Museum.

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1950

MCNAY ART MUSEUM

Built by Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas's first museum of modern art in 1954.

More than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe & Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, & Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier.

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1968

Tower of the americas

Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests with the most spectacular view of the Alamo City.

Enjoy the gorgeous panorama from the Tower's revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theatre Ride. Come take a flight with the Tower of the Americas!

This year celebrates the 50th anniverary of the World’s Fair of ‘68. The Tower of the Americas was the theme structure for the fair and kick started San Antonio’s tourism industry.

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1969

space center houston

The Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, is Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors.

Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among the largest collection of space artefacts in the south-western United States. With more than 400 space artefacts including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display and at least three major exhibits a year, Space Center Houston offers an array of exciting attractions for people of all ages.

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1970

the galleria

The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping centre and fourth largest domain nationally. Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office towers and a full-sized ice ink. The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, meeting every style and taste.

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2015

Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival

The festival features artists locally and from around the world, transforming Houston’s cityscape from concrete to colour. Artists have approximately 190 hours to create their designs using various forms of tools and techniques. Festival goers are encouraged to experience the art-in-progress through guided tours and can also enjoy artist vendors, live demos, mural tours and tastes of official festival beer at select locations.

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2018

san antonio spurs

The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and have five NBA Champion titles: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

Their regular season runs from October through April and there are some great fan experiences available. Go Spurs!

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2018

houston Rockets / toyota center

The Rockets compete in the NBA, as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. James Harden is having an incredible season and has been labelled the MVP frontrunner, begging the question: Is this the year he finally takes home the NBA's most coveted individual award?

The Rockets home, The Toyota Center has also set a new standard for sports and entertainment, becoming one of the premier live entertainment venues in the nation.

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2018

san antonio show & rodeo

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city and has won the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year twelve consecutive years.

Every February, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo hosts an 18-day event featuring PRCA Rodeo Action and world-class entertainment. The show features a carnival, a family-fair area, livestock, horse shows and shopping at over 650 booths. Tickets for the PRCA Rodeo/Concert start at just $15

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2018

houston livestock
show & rodeo

What started in 1931, has evolved into a much-loved Houston tradition and the world’s largest rodeo event. Each year, the city welcomes 2 million attendees for its 20-day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The annual festival offers visitors fun-filled carnivals, barbecue cook-offs, wine tasting competitions, shopping, trail rides, concerts and of course, action-packed bull riding.

Stick around after the nightly rodeo for performances by Grammy Award winning artists.

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2018

FIESTA SAN ANTONIo

Stands selling sizzling fajitas. Majorettes strutting as military bands march. Cascarones, colourful eggshells filled with confetti, dotting the crowds with prismatic colour as they're broken. Extravagantly decorated floats. Music—mariachi, blues, jazz, rock, country—coming from everywhere. These are just some of the sights and sounds of San Antonio’s Fiesta, our extravagant 11-day citywide party.

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2018

Historic Downtown Houston

A slew of revitalised restaurant and bar openings surrounding Market Square and the Historic District has made Downtown Houston the place to be once more. New spots from well-known bartenders and chefs now mingle with tried and true favorites like La Carafe and Warren's Inn. In addition, major developments along Buffalo Bayou keep the buzz going.

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