Houston, TX

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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

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is $99 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from Sam Houston Race Park and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from CityCentre. Minute Maid Park and ...
3.9/5 Good! (751 reviews)
"Gorgeous hotel, second time here !! Love everything about it ❤️"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is $108 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower, Discovery Green, and Minute Maid Park. George R. Brown Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,116 reviews)
"Its a beautiful hotel in the best location. You can go walking to bars, restaurants and everything in Downtown Houston."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is $149 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, and Toyota Center. Downtown Aquarium ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,100 reviews)
"The friendlness of the staff was just amazing. We stayed during the Elton John concert at the Toyota Center. At first sight the line to check in was very long due to the online key outage they had. But the girl who checked us in was all smiles and handled herself like a champ. I had such a good time ..."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Hilton Americas - Houston
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Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
3 out of 5
5190 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX
The price is $110 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,791 reviews)
"Staff was nice. Easy check-in. Very clean."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $115 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park, and Children's Museum of Houston. Karbach ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,797 reviews)
"I liked the cleanliness of the room. It was easy to sleep, very quiet. The coffee is better than some places. Very comfortable. I felt safe."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria
Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria
3 out of 5
2950 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $114 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,040 reviews)
"We stayed for a few days thinking we’d use the kitchen more. It has all that is expected of a property in the Homewood family but elevator and halls are really worn out and show their years teally bad. Parking is quite expensive considering cost per room"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria
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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.

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