It’s hard not to remember the Alamo when it’s in your backyard. Welcome to San Antonio, Texas: home to historic sites (like the Alamo), the famous River Walk, great Tex-Mex and, surprisingly, a notable heavy metal music history. Located a short drive from the major cities of Austin and Houston, San Antonio is a scenic slice of Texas.

Housing in San Antonio is pretty affordable with an average listing price of $293,448; sixty five percent of San Anotonians are homeowners, and those who rent pay an average of $1,450 a month. Some of the top suburbs for families are Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights and Olmos Park.

If you Google pictures of San Antonio, you’re likely going to see the Riverwalk, a lively, touristy row of restaurants along the San Antonio River. It’s a good spot to bring visitors for brunch, a riverboat tour and some shopping. Locals do check out the Riverwalk from time to time, but the hottest spots for nightlife and dining are neighborhoods like Southtown, The Pearl and Downtown.

When it comes to cool cities in Texas, Austin has pretty much cornered the market but San Antonio is not far behind. The Pearl District, a warehouse area-turned trendy neighborhood, is one example of San Antonio’s hip transformation.

Aside from eating and drinking and constantly remembering the Alamo, there are a few other things a San Antonian must do: Visit San Fernando Cathedral (the state’s oldest church), party at Fiesta San Antonio in the spring, go underground to the Natural Bridge Caverns, catch a movie the The Alamo Drafthouse and cheer on the Spurs .