Is the Alamo an Overrated Tourist Destination? One Website Thinks So

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The website recently compiled a list of America’s 10 most overrated tourist destinations. Unfortunately, a popular Texas Hill Country tourist haven made the list. Thrillist named the Alamo as a tourist destination that’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Those Are Fightin’ Words to Born and Bred Texans!

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Photo: Flickr/Steven Martin

According to Thrillist, “While the battle of the Alamo may have been worth remembering, the present-day landmark is more forgettable. It’s pretty much just some surprisingly unimposing stone buildings in a park across the street from a Jimmy John’s.”

Instead, the folks at Thrillist recommend that visitors to the Alamo City head across the street to the famed Riverwalk. The website suggests that the bars and restaurants on the Riverwalk are enough to please anyone looking to get a feel for the flavor of San Antonio.

The Odds Were Stacked Against The Texans

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Photo: Facebook/OfficialAlamo

For most Texans though, it feels like sacrilege to proclaim the Alamo as an overrated tourist destination. Perhaps for those who didn’t grow up learning about Texas history, it’s hard to fathom the drive and determination of the Texan volunteer soldiers who bravely fought at the Battle of the Alamo.

Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.

Texans Agree: The Alamo Is Worth the Trip

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Photo: Facebook/OfficialAlamo

Contrary to what has to say on the subject, many Texans feel that no visit to San Antonio is complete without paying homage to the Alamo and the hallowed grounds where many men and women died. The entrance to the Alamo and its grounds are always free and there is daily programming, led by historians and volunteers that is family friendly, entertaining and informative.

And remember, when you visit The Alamo, there is a special set of rules befitting this shrine to Texas history. Men are asked to remove their hats inside of the Alamo; there is no photography allowed inside of the building and no offensive or obscene clothing is allowed inside the sacred space. 

To plan your next visit to this not-at-all overrated tourist destination, visit the website for the Alamo or follow them on Facebook.