Awards & Accolades

San Antonio Recognized as a Destination Worth Visiting

San Antonio is widely known as a favorite vacation destination, with more than 34 million people visiting the city each year. The city’s rich culture and history, burgeoning culinary and cocktail scene, world-class hotels, resorts and meeting spaces, exciting attractions, unique events, affordability – and more – have received praise from established organizations and media outlets. These accolades include:

National Geographic Traveler’s editorial board selected San Antonio as a “Best of the World” destination for 2018.

Travel & Leisure selected San Antonio as one of its “50 Best Places to Travel in 2018.”

Expedia’s Viewfinder Travel Blog picked San Antonio as one of “18 cities that must be seen in 2018.”

Frommer’s names San Antonio as a “Best Place to Go in 2018.”

San Antonio also was chosen by Fodor’s Travel for their “2018 Go List.”

Thrillist named San Antonio to its mid-year roundup of “The Best Places to Take a Trip for the Rest of 2018.”

Hotel Emma, part of the historic Pearl brewery district, was bestowed the AAA Five Diamond Award. Hotel Emma is one of two hotels in Texas to receive AAA’s top service rating award.

Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible™ theme park, has earned TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence for maintaining an outstanding rating from users, making it one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses on the review site worldwide.

San Antonio voted as one of the “Top Large Cities in the USA” in Condé Nast Travelers’ 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

On its list of 10 “Best US cities to visit in 2018,” DK Eyewitness Travel picked San Antonio for the top spot.

Based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor, San Antonio named to the Top 25 in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for U.S. Destinations.

In 2018, San Antonio is ranked No. 1 in SmartAsset’s “10 Best Cities for Meetings,” for the third consecutive year.

San Antonio appears at the top of Smarter Travel’s “11 Best U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018.”

Architectural Digest names San Antonio one of the “Top 5 Best Places for Design Lovers to Travel” for 2018.

Expedia includes San Antonio in its “17 Places You Must Visit in 2017” list.

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, included San Antonio among its top 10 Best Cities for Families in 2017.

San Antonio is home to two of USA Today’s Best Texas Attractions poll, including The River Walk at No. 1 as well as The Alamo and Spanish Colonial Missions at No. 6.

San Antonio is No.5 on Travel + Leisure’s America’s Friendliest Cities 2017 list.

Flipkey by Trip Advisor featured San Antonio as one of the “15 Best Girls’ Weekend Getaways Across America.”

Upscale Magazine named San Antonio one of the “Top 10 Cool Cities for Millennials to Love” in 2017.

The Southtown Arts District in San Antonio was listed among the five most walkable neighborhoods in America according to residential real estate site Trulia in 2017.

The San Antonio River Walk won the prestigious 2017 Thiess International Riverprize. The annual prize is considered the most coveted international recognition of river and watershed restoration, stewardship and management. included San Antonio in its Cities Plus Culture category in Top 28 Destinations to visit in 2017.

San Antonio included in top 25 of WalletHub’s “Best Foodie Cities in America.”

Room 5, travel blog for hotel booking site Trivago, named San Antonio to its list of the Top 5 Family-Friendly Destinations in the United States. selected The San Antonio River Walk as the best pet-friendly site in Texas.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked San Antonio No. 23 on its list of Best Places to Live in the USA.

For a second consecutive year, Chef Steve McHugh of Cured is named a 2017 finalist for Best Chef-Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Rico Torres and Diego Galicia, chefs and owners of San Antonio’s progressive Mexican restaurant Mixtli, are named among the 2017 list of 12 Best New Chefs in the country by Food & Wine.

The Esquire Tavern is recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a 2017 semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program.

Eater names Laura Loomis, Pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market, to its Eater Young Guns 2017 list recognizing up and coming stars in the culinary industry.

Food & Wine names Hotel Emma among the world’s 40 best food-centric hotels. 2017

San Antonio named the Most Romanic City in the United States by Amazon in 2017.

Travel + Leisure names San Antonio among the country’s top 10 destinations in the magazine’s 2017 Best Awards.

No. 1 in Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Christmas Lights (December 2016).

San Antonio is No.1 on Travel + Leisure’s America’s Friendliest Cities 2016 list.

SmartAssets places San Antonio No. 1 on its Best Cities for Conferences List for 2016.

San Antonio ranks No. 8 on Lonely Planet’s list of Unexpectedly Exciting Places to See in the United States in 2016.

San Antonio was among Conde Nast Traveler’s 18 Most Underrated Cities in the U.S. in 2016.

On Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S., San Antonio is No. 12. 2016

Lonely Planet names San Antonio to its Best in the US List for 2016.

In its October 2016 online edition, Forbes names San Antonio “The Best City in Texas.” 

Travel + Leisure names The Hotel Emma to its It List: The Best New Hotels on the Planet for 2016.

San Antonio is No. 2 on Budget Travel’s Where to Go in 2016 list.

San Antonio joins exclusive list of Travel + Leisure’s best travel destinations on the planet for 2016.

Family Vacation Critic designated San Antonio as one of its Top Ten Best Family Travel Bets for 2016.

Orbitz names San Antonio one of 2016’s hottest destinations.

Forbes magazine names San Antonio one of The 2016 Best Big Cities for Jobs.

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was lauded by Facilities & Destinations Magazine with a 2016 Prime Site Award, given to the top convention and exposition centers.

San Antonio was noted by Forbes as No. 8 on its list of “America’s Cities of the Future” in 2016.

Steve McHugh, owner and chef at Cured restaurant, was a 2016 finalist for Best Chef-Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Travel + Leisure lists San Antonio on its “Cheapest Places to Visit” list, suggesting June as the best month to head to San Antonio.

The National Student included San Antonio in its list of Top 20 Destinations for 2016.

Matador Network includes San Antonio on The 10 Most Underrated Cities for Millennials.

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About Visit San Antonio

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at