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HoustonUnited States of America

Through booms and busts in the oil industry, this Texas city has built and maintained great cultural attractions and diverse culinary experiences.

Houston’s beautiful Downtown District features walkable streets and towering high-rises. Several buildings have free observation decks. Bring kids to the Downtown Aquarium to meet fascinating marine animals. At Discovery Green have a quiet lunch break on the large lawn, ice skate in winter or attend an exciting special event. Find some of Houston’s 10,000 restaurants and clubs and bars around Market Square and throughout the city. Sample Texas Barbecue and ethnic foods from 70 countries.

For spectator sports, watch the Astros play baseball in Minute Maid Park and the Rockets play basketball at the Toyota Center. Get some exercise starting at the Water Works and heading west along the meandering 52-mile (84-kilometer) Buffalo Bayou through Buffalo Bayou Park.

Use the METRORail to travel south of Midtown to the Museum District. Spend several days in the widely varied attractions, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Children’s Museum of Houston, Museum of Fine Arts and Holocaust Museum Houston. The Contemporary Arts Museum, the Menil Collection and the Art Car Museum have interesting collections and free entry.

Nearby, walk around the campus of Rice University to see its historic brick buildings, beautiful tree-covered spaces, groomed quads and Rice Stadium, a great college football arena, where President John Kennedy made his speech urging Americans to send a man to the moon. In the large Hermann Park, visit the Houston Zoo and Cockrell Butterfly Center, both with fascinating creatures.

Continue south to enjoy NFL and pre-game tailgating at NRG Stadium. For sports events you won’t typically find outside Texas, visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the same area.

Space Center Houston is one of the area’s top attractions, about a 40-minute drive southeast of Downtown Houston. Step inside the Starship Gallery to see the Skylab Trainer Module, where astronauts trained for space missions. Travel another 40 minutes to the coastline at Galveston. Watch for dolphins leaping through the waves as you ride the free car ferry to Goat Island.

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Where to stay in Houston

Discovery Green which includes a city, central business district and a high rise building

Downtown Houston

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,299 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Houston. Top attractions like Downtown Aquarium and Discovery Green are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Central Station Main or Theater District Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Houston
Houston skyline

The Galleria

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,957 area reviews)

Travelers to The Galleria praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Westheimer Rd and Williams Tower.

The Galleria
Small, but very peaceful park in the medical center.

Texas Medical Center

4/5Very Good!(566 area reviews)

Restaurants, museums, and shopping highlight some notable features of Texas Medical Center. Make a stop by Houston Museum District or Houston Maritime Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at TMC Transit Center or Dryden/TMC Station to get around town.

Texas Medical Center
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center which includes a park and landscape views

Memorial

4/5Very Good!(728 area reviews)

Memorial is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Memorial City Mall and CityCentre while you're in town.

Memorial
Great Bar!!

Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(43 area reviews)

The restaurants and live music are just a few things visitors like about Midtown. Houston Museum District and Continental Club are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at McGowen Station or Ensemble/HCC Station to get around the larger area.

Midtown
Spicy miso ramen !! Tasty!

Westchase

4/5Very Good!(1,011 area reviews)

Travelers come to Westchase for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Westheimer Rd and Harwin Drive Shopping District while you're in town.

Westchase

Top Hotels in Houston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort
4 out of 5
2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, TX
The price is $159 per night

This family-friendly The Woodlands resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Woodlands Town Center, Market Street, and Cynthia Woods Mitchell ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)

"We have a great little getaway. Loved the property, trails, kayaking."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

The Woodlands Resort
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is $199 per night

Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Toyota Center and Minute Maid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (921 reviews)

"Beautiful property, nice cool pools and delicious food and drinks. Staff was great also."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
4 out of 5
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX
The price is $124 per night

Located in The Galleria, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial Park is 2.6 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,837 reviews)

"Great place to stay and very friendly staff. Highly recommended to stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Getting around Houston

Rent a car in Houston if you would prefer to, but do be aware that unlike in some other big American cities, driving is not your only transportation option. The METRORail and the METRO bus network will get you around the most visited areas of the city. A car will certainly come in handy, however, if you plan to do daytrips outside of Houston or spend a lot of time in the outskirts of the city. Visit the The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County website. Browse Houston rental cars.

Best time to visit

Houston’s summer weather can get a bit too hot for comfort between May and September with temperatures soaring to 90 F (32 C) or more. This means early spring and late fall are the best times to visit. The weather will be very pleasant at these times of year, and still warmer than some other cities’ summers. Pack light dresses or T-shirts and shorts, but bring an extra layer for the evenings.

Popular places to visit in Houston

Toyota Center
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Toyota Center

4/5(967 reviews)

Catch an event at Toyota Center during your trip to Houston. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk

4.5/5(1,135 reviews)

This old-school boardwalk on Galveston Bay is a dining, shopping and amusement park paradise.

NRG Stadium
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NRG Stadium

4.5/5(626 reviews)

Catch an event at NRG Stadium during your trip to Houston. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Space Center Houston
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Space Center Houston

4.5/5(1,083 reviews)

This iconic “mission control” was immortalized for its role in the first moon landing.

Minute Maid Park
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Minute Maid Park

4.5/5(907 reviews)

Catch an event at Minute Maid Park during your trip to Houston. Experience the lively festivals and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Johnson Space Center - NASA
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Johnson Space Center - NASA

4.5/5(1,214 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Johnson Space Center - NASA, a favorite museum in Houston. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a sporting event in the area.

Top things to do in Houston

Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions
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Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions

$64
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
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Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

$85
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour

$25
Per adult
Houston Haunted Bar Tour
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Houston Haunted Bar Tour

$27
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour
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Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour

$99
Per adult
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

$14
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Houston

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.59603658536585%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.12042682926829%
3 - Okay
2062
3 - Okay 15.716463414634147%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.9969512195121952%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.5701219512195121%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

I love Houston! Everything is close and convenient. Horrible hotel experience though.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Great city, friendly people, easy navigation

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I just can hike Memorial park.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I live here for 38 years

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

So far people are crooks and liars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Was there this time to relax, enjoy the hotel, pool, fine dining, did not spend much time around the city this time.

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