San Angelo is a city in the West Hill Country of Texas, on the Concho River. It is the home of Goodfellow Air Force Base, Angelo State University, and the Producer’s Livestock Auction, the country's largest sheep and lamb market.
San Angelo is the county seat of Tom Green County, and the largest city in this mostly sparsely-populated part of west Texas. The military and college communities, along with business opportunities and Mexican immigration, have contributed to the city's growth and change over the years.
The city was founded in the late 1800s outside a new Army post, Fort Concho. The founder, Bartholomew DeWitt, named it "Santa Angela" after his wife, Carolina Angela. This was eventually shortened to "San Angela." The final change came in 1883 when the US Postal Service informed the town that the name was grammatically incorrect (san can only be used before a male name). Rather than revert to the original name, they simply changed it to "San Angelo."
The city has benefited economically from agriculture, the oil and gas industry, and after World War II, the US Air Force presence in the form of Goodfellow Air Force Base. Today, San Angelo's economy is largely supported by its two hospitals, telecommunications, agriculture, the university, and the region's largest employer, the Air Force.
Even though this city has over a 100,000 people, the locals will still notice if you're not from around here.
English is the dominant language spoken here and with Spanish growing more. While many people may have a stereotypical Texas or "country" accent, many others do not, and that includes military members and locals.
San Angelo is not on an Interstate highway, so there aren't any completely direct routes from any major cities.
From the Dallas/Fort Worth area, take Interstate 20 to Abilene, and then either US-277 directly to San Angelo, or US-83 to Ballinger and US-67 from there to San Angelo (neither route is substantially faster or slower).
From San Antonio, the best path is probably Interstate 10 to Fredericksburg, US-83 to Eden, then US-87 to San Angelo.
From El Paso one can start on Interstate 10, then get onto Interstate 20 when it splits off from 10, go through Midland and Odessa to Big Spring, and then take US-87 from there to San Angelo.
San Angelo Regional Airport/Mathis Field serves San Angelo as a commerical non-primary hub airport that serves commerical, private and military aircraft. Usually only 4 flights a day arrive here to Dallas/Ft. Worth thru American Airlines. It is the only commerical airport serving Concho Valley. There are taxis that can pick you up at the airport, but usually you have to call them to come pick you up. There are also two rental car companies that serve the airport. Parking: There are 352 public parking places. There is also no ATM machine at the airport. There is also two places to eat at this airport with vending machines as well. Be advised this is a small airport and you have to be there 30 minutes prior to the flight departing if you need to check bags and get a boarding pass, even for e-check-in. The same person who is at the ticket counter is the same person who scans your ticket at the gate-- that's how small the airport is.
A car is neccesary to get around just like in most places in Texas, it's not really recommended to walk as everything is spread out. The main roads that can pretty much get you anywhere around town are Knickerboker, Bryant, Chadbourne, Sherwood, and Avenues L and N. Expressways US-67 (around the north) and Loop 306 (around the south) form a partial ring around the city.
Riverwalk,located on the Concho River, part of whats being done to beautify the River area it has 4 miles of walking/running trails, has 14 water displays, new and modern lighting on the riverwalk, and a memorial river stage dedicated to Bill Aylor Sr.The Celebration Bridge links the Historic City Center, the River Stage and El Paseo de Santa Angela, and provides access to Fort Concho from the river. Be sure to check out the San Angleo visitor center, (418 W. Ave B) Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday’s 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, , 630 S. Oakes St, open established in 1867 to protect frontier settlements and in 1889 the last soldiers left and it was deactivated, now a historic preservation project and mueseum. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, adults; $2.00, military and senior citizens; and $1.50 for children 6-17. Group rates are available. For information call 325- 481-2646
The Cactus Hotel, 325-655-5000 This historic hotel was Conrad Hilton's fourth hotel. Built in 1929 its 14 stories tall, it no longer takes overnight guests
Old Town – Orient St,The city has designated Old Town as an historic district, shows what San Angelo has looked like in the past, very intresting if you are into early architectural styles. A few building have also been relocated here
International Waterlily Collection,  The City of San Angelo invites you to come enjoy the International Waterlily Collection. The collection is open to the public at no charge and has active flowering displays from April to October every year
Tom Green County Courthouse, built in 1928
San Angelo State Park, 325-949-4757, 325-947-2687, has 7,563 acres to look around and hike, with numerous leisure and recreational activities, alot of great sightseeing and has its own herd of Texan Longhorns and Bison.
Historical Markers, , San Angelo has over 39 historical markers to see about its history in a variety of areas ranging from cemeteries, churches and homesites. Very interesting to find out about some of the history around here.
The Sheep Statues, all around San Angelo mostly in the downtown area you will see a small statue of a sheep painted a diffrent color scheme, try to find them all
Old Chicken Farm Art Center (Art Center), 2505 Martin Luther King, ☎ 325-653-4936, . The Old Chicken Farm Art Center, founded in 1971 as a place for artists to live and work, with help from a lot of friends, the Art Center has grown into a premier West Texas / San Angelo attraction.Through the years sharing the wonderful world of art has always been Roger Allen's main objective. This unique 3 acre compound has the StarKeeper Gallery, 20 artists studios, a wonderful Bed and Breakfast (Inn at the Art Center), and SALT at the Silo House Restaurant,The Art Center also serves as home for Roger and Pam, and Jerry and Susan.Throughout the year we host 1st Saturday each month with a featured artist, great acoustic music with the Chicken Pickers, blacksmiths, free clay for kids (all ages), and demonstrations. edit
Railway Museum San Angelo,  703 South Chadbourne San Angelo, Texas 76903 325-486-2140 The Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts ,  1 Love St. San Angelo, TX, Open:Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m, Closed Mondays, Major Holidays, and in-between exhibits, Admission:Adults: $2 Members, Military, Angelo State University and SAISD Students: Free Children 12 and under: $1 Senior Citizens: $1
Southwest Military Museum Foundation,119 South Irving Street This museum is dedicated to honoring all United States veterans, their families, and their service to America, focusing on the period from World War I to the present Admission is $4.00 for adults $2.00 for children -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 4pm Tuesday, Thursday 2pm to 7pm Saturday 10am to 3 pm Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum,  18 1/2 E. Concho Ave,325-653-0112, for 50 years this place operated as a bordello till it was closed by the Texas Rangers in 1946, now open as a museum and has all of the same furnishings as it would when it was open. Tours are Monday – Wednesday 4:00 pm & Thursday – Saturday 1-4 pm on the hour. Admission is $5.00
Old Chicken Farm Art Center, founded in 1971 as a place for artists to live and work. The Art Center has grown into a premier West Texas / San Angelo attraction.Through the years sharing the wonderful world of art has always been Roger Allen's main objective. This unique 3 acre compound has the StarKeeper Gallery, 20 artists studios, a wonderful Bed and Breakfast (Inn at the Art Center), and SALT at the Silo House Restaurant.
San Angelo Art Walk, held every third Thursday a viewing of the various downtown art galleries in downtown San Angelo free trolley service is available
Angelo State Planetarium
San Angelo Nature Center, an educational center open to the public that has many exotic and native animals to see.
Golfing, San Angelo has almost a dozen places that you can golf at. Some are clubs, but there are some open to the public, such as the Quicksand Golf Course.  2305 Pulliam St, San Angelo, TX 76905
San Angelo Civic Theater
Ranches, San Angelo has a few ranches that offer bed and breakfast and can also be used for hunting. A lot of them have stocked exotic animals and offer a good time to just relax and enjoy the countryside.
D'Vine Wine Winery, San Angelo's only winery. . 113 E. Concho Suite 190 San Angelo, TX 76903. (325) 482-9463
Cinemark Tinseltown, 12 screen movie theater that has stadium seating. The only place to see a movie in the city. 4425 Sherwood Way San Angelo, TX 76901 (325) 223-2858
Pearl Hunting, San Angelo is known for what is called Concho pearls. There are 12 different varieties. They are found in freshwater mussel shells which live in the area lakes and rivers of San Angelo. They can be pink, purple and lavender pearls. So if you feel adventurous go out and see if you can find some pearls.
Stadium Lanes Bowling Center, 2105 Knickerbocker Rd San Angelo, TX 76904 (325) 651-2695
Angelo State University Football, Part of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference, go see a College football game here in Texas, it's an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the country when it comes to football.
San Angelo Colts, go see a baseball game of the United League Baseball, Ticket prices range from 6-9 dollars for adults, they play their games at Foster Field, which seats around 4200 people.
Old Chicken Farm Art Center, 1st Saturday each month with a featured artist, great acoustic music with the Chicken Pickers, blacksmiths, free clay for kids (all ages), and demonstrations. Also, check out 4 major events: including San Angelo ceramic event in April, the Blacksmith Fellowship in May,the Richard & Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition in October, and a huge 3 day Thanksgiving Open House in November.
San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo,  It's the one of the largest livestock shows in the State of Texas and fourth largest in the United States
Downtown, one cannot walk around Chadbourne, Concho, Oakes and other nearby streets in the downtown area without finding numerous small shops selling gifts, clothing, and antiques.
M.L. Leddy's, 222 South Oakes Street San Angelo, TX 76903, (325) 653-3397, Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm  Want an authentic pair of cowboy boots, or a saddle? You can't do much better than Leddy's.
Sunset Mall, 4001 Sunset Dr Ste 1182 San Angelo, TX 76904 (325) 949-1947 A typical mall, has stores that are featured in every mall. The Buckle is one of the popular stores in this mall. Has a couple places to eat as well.
A variety of Fast Food Restaraunts located throughout the city Burger King, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Sonic Drive-In, Jack in the Box, KFC, Wendys, Quiznos, Arby's, Long John Silver's, Subway, Popeye's, Wienerschnitzel, McDonald's etc..these are some of the more local/regional type of fast food places.
D-Rays, 1101 South Chadbourne Street San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 227-4791, . serves some of the best hot dogs in San Angelo, also serves hamburgers, has an old time (1950's) feel to it.edit
Chef Jason's Deli & Pastries, 23 South Park Street San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 227-4432, . Excellent locally-owned sandwich shop.edit
Steak Express, 4397 Sunset Dr # 400 and 2219 W Avenue, . edit
Whataburger, . A hamburger restaurant chain known in the South for its large hamburgers freshly cooked and tasty fries. Most meals cost less than $7.edit
Roadrunners Burger Deli, 2424 Vanderventer San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 947-9462. Known around town for having one of the best burgers around. Has very good beer battered onion rings and waffle fries. Most meals cost from $5-$10. edit
They have some of the national pizza chains like Domino's, Little Caesars, Cici's, Pizza Hut and Papa John's etc... These are some of the more local/regional type of pizza places.
Double Dave's Pizzaworks, 3536 Knickerbocker Rd San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 947-3283, . Part of a regional chain of Pizza. They do deliver as well.edit
Cork and Pig Tavern, 2201 Knickerbocker Rd San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 227-6988, . Great Place to get wood fired Pizza, the Pig is their signature Pizza. Also has sandwhiches during lunch time and has a pretty decent happy hour with a stocked bar and a late night menu. Also serves Bines which are a dessert and are very delicious. They always have live music playing outside, usually someone playing a guitar, $10-$20.edit
Joe's Italian Ristorante, 1601 S Bryant Blvd San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 486-9339. This is more of a sit-down type of pizza place. It has really great pizza and you can even order pizza by the slice, in addition to a variety of large pasta dishes.edit
Bonsai Garden, 1801 Knickerbocker Rd San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 949-1862. A hibachi grill-style Japanese food here in San Angelo, they put on a show while they cook your food, very fun times and a good source of entertainment. Prices aren't too bad either and serves sushi as well.edit
Shogun, 4397 Sunset Drive Suite 100 San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 227-4812. Another hibachi grill-style Japanese food, they also put on a show while they cook your food also serves sushi as welledit
Nakamura Sushi House, 3222 Sherwood Way San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 949-0800, . Serves both Japanese and Korean food.edit
You can find most of the standard American chains of restaurants such as Chili's, Carino's, Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Friday's, Red Lobster, Olive Garden etc... Beyond this there are other, more local options:
Cork & Pig Tavern, 2201 Knickerbocker Rd, San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 227-6988, . The Cork & Pig Taven (CPT) is an exciting blend of good food, great drinks, and a friendly staff, as well as a unique environment for friends and family to relax, laugh, and dine. The CPT has been the dream and brain-child of three long time friends who have spent the last decade mastering the art of providing their guests with an unparallelled and second to none dining experience.edit
Miss Hattie's Cafe & Saloon, 26 E Concho Ave San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 653-0570, . Located in a historic building which functioned as a brothel until the early 1900's. The downstairs houses a cafe which serves good steaks, while tours are available for the small museum upstairs.edit
Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 1805 S Bryant Blvd San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 655-2771. A great place to get BBQ, you walk in and there's a grill right there with a worker standing next to it and you can pick your meat to eat right there. Try the brisket, it's some of the best in West Texas. Then you go through the door to your left and you pick your sides like corn on the cob, green beans, potato salad, etc. They also have bottled beer and some great tasting sweet tea, and you get to sit on long picnic tables inside and has a very Texas feel to the place. Also has an all you can eat special if you are up to it and have a large appetite. Also has high speed internet available. (closed due to fire)edit
Buffalo Wild Wings, 4251 Sherwood Way San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 223-9464, . Part of the chain of restaurants, it is split up into family and bar sections, has a ton of TV's to watch sports and if your looking for a place to have some drinks with friends to watch the game and have some wings. Try it out, they offer free WIFI here as well.edit
Franco's Cafe, 2218 Martin Luther King Blvd San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 653-8010, . edit
The Grill, 5769 Sherwood Way San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 944-2843, . Really great American food with Tex-Mex, also has a stocked bar and outside seating available. Has daily specials available. Their portions are huge; as it is Texas everything including the salads are huge.edit
River Valley Cafe & Grill, 20 W. Beauregard San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 653-5123, . edit
Zentner's Daughter, 1901 Knickerbocker Rd San Angelo, TX 76904, ☎ (325) 949-2821, . Quite possibly the best steaks in San Angelo. If you like steak, you simply can't visit San Angelo without eating here.edit
Graham Central Station, 2545 Southwest Blvd San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 942-9029, . This is the largest club in San Angelo and is usually the happening spot, has plenty of parking, has three (formerly five) different nightclubs under one building open Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday 8pm-2am, Wednesday and Saturday is ladies night, and Friday is college/military night. This is a pretty good place to drink and party in San Angelo usually has cheap drinks and a decent ratio of girls to guys.edit
Midnight Rodeo, 2581 Sunset Dr. San Angelo, TX 76904, . A country-western themed night spot. If you want to put on your cowboy boots and Texas two-step around a huge dance floor, this is the place to go.edit
Stagecoach Saloon & Dancehall, 4205 South Bryant Boulevard San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 655-4200. Another country place, where you can drink a cold beer, dance, watch live music, and play some pool.edit
The Deadhorse, 210 S. Chadbourne St. San Angelo, TX 76903, . A great place in San Angelo to catch a great rock show with up and coming bands and other bands, or if you just like the rock atmosphere. Usually it's 5 dollar cover to get in and they have couches to sit on as well. Drinks aren't too expensive--they have beer for 2 dollars on draft.edit
Sealy Flats, 204 South Oakes Street, San Angelo, Texas, ☎ (325) 653-0437, . The place to go if you want to hear a blues band.edit
Fat Boss's Pub, 114 S. Chadbourne, San Angelo, TX, ☎ (325) 617-4532. A pretty happening bar with cheap drinks, great table service, and an area in the back to sit on couches and just chill with friends. It has a pretty good ratio of men and women. Parking is usually the street around it or on the side, or there is also a parking garage in the area as well. The only negative is it's small space--on Friday and Saturday nights, it can get so crowded that it feels nearly impossible to move.edit
Grinners Daiquiri Bar, 217 S. Chadbourne St. San Angelo, TX 76903, ☎ (325) 655-2062. In addition to the beers and mixed drinks one can find at any bar, here you can sip on an ice-cold Piña Colada or Sangria. On weekends there will usually be a DJ spinning trance and house music.edit
Fast Eddie's Pool Hall, 4509 Sherwood Way San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 944-4900, . A fun place to play pool; 18 and up can go and they do serve alcohol there with a fully stocked bar. They have over a dozen pool tables and foosball and dartboards. You pay for the pool table after you're done, so you pay for the time, and not how many games you play. Plenty of parking around the area as well.edit
Giz & Hums' Billiards & Brew, 1425 West Beauregard Avenue San Angelo, TX 76901, ☎ (325) 655-0099. edit
San Angelo does not have a high crime rate just take caution as you would in any other town, they take drunk driving very seriously here in Texas and it is not uncommon to see a DUI checkpoint around so be forewarned, also they are very strict on the speed limit here and will pull you over and ticket you
Be prepared to buy drinking water, the water is potable but honestly doesn't taste that good. There are water vending machines all over town that you can usually fill a gallon jug for a quarter. Another word of note-- if you ask for water at a restaraunt it would be a good idea to ask if its filtered water or not or just buy water in a bottle there.
Knickerbocker, is about 30 minutes southwest of San Angelo via US-67 to FM 2335.
Odessa (Texas) can be reached by taking US highway 87 to Big Spring, and then Interstate 20 to Odessa.
Paint Rock, about 35 miles east of town near a small town of the same name. This rock face on the bank of the Concho River has hundreds of pictographs stretching half a mile. Some pictographs were made even after the Spanish began colonization efforts, as pictographs of missions and men with crosses can clearly be seen. The site is open to tourists by reservation only. Contact Paint Rock Excursions, 915-732-4376.
San Antonio, about 212 miles to the South so it could be a 3-4 hour drive depending on the traffic