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America's Top Free Attractions: The Alamo

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The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

“Remember the Alamo!” became a rallying cry after a small group of Texans stationed at this Catholic mission was defeated in March 1836 by a Mexican army after a 13-day siege. These days, the Alamo chapel is an official Texas State Shrine—and the state’s most popular site with more than 2.5 million annual visitors. After your visit, stroll the nearby River Walk, lined with shops and restaurants like Boudro’s for homemade guacamole and prickly-pear margaritas.  

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