THE BEST WAY TO SAN ANTONIO

From LAX, nonstop service to San Antonio is offered on Southwest and United, and connecting service (change of plane) is offered on US Airways, Continental, Southwest, American and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $348.

WHERE TO STAY

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St.; (210) 222-1400. Doubles with river view, $194

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, 150 E. Houston St.; (210) 227-9700, http://www.hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com. Doubles with city view, $180.

Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 Villita St.; (210) 225-1234, http://www.riverwalkhotelsanantonio.com. Doubles with river view and balcony, $119.

WHERE TO EAT

Casa Rio, 430 E. Commerce St.; (210) 225-6718, http://www.casa-rio.com/index2.htm. Lunch, dinner and cocktail boat service. Entrees from $10.

Paesano's River Walk, 111 W. Crockett St.; (210) 227-2782, http://www.paesanosriverwalk.com. Entrees from $11.

WHAT TO DO

Rio San Antonio Cruises, http://www.riosanantonio.com, offers 35- to 40-minutes tours along 2 1/2 miles of the River Walk. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.25 ($2 for children ages 1 to 5) and can be bought online or at stations along the river. The company also operates Rio Taxi boats, with 39 stops.

TO LEARN MORE

http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com