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Houston, TX
Travel Guide

Discovery Green showing a high rise building, a garden and street scenes

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

Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek
4 out of 5
2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX
The price is $122 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in The Galleria, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial Park ...
3.7/5Good! (1,853 reviews)
"I had a very good stay! The man who checked me in was very welcoming. I will book here again"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Hotel Derek
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is $99 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Discovery Green, and House of Blues Houston. Revention Music Center ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,248 reviews)
"I liked that the rooms were sealed with a certified sticker to show they’ve been disinfected. That was great. The room was so clean. The fridge was leaking though. Not sure why. We didn’t use it. Other than that, the stay was great and me and my fiancé will definitely book here again."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
The Whitehall Houston
The Whitehall Houston
4 out of 5
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX
The price is $132 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 8
Located in Downtown Houston, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Houston Public Library, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, and House of Blues Houston. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (943 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

The Whitehall Houston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $94 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park, and Karbach Brewing. NRG Stadium and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,661 reviews)
"Best hotel in Houston stayed for 2 nights switch to hotel Derek big mistake I wish I would’ve stayed here. Had a full kitchen and free parking felt safe as well. Had google chrome cast you could cast YouTube and Netflix from your phone which was nice. Also had EVERYTHING within the area everything ..."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Sonder - The Hogg Palace
Sonder - The Hogg Palace
3.5 out of 5
401 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX
The price is $90 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Theater District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Market Square Park and Revention Music Center. Downtown Aquarium and Hobby Center for ...
3.9/5Very Good! (36 reviews)
"GREAT EXPERIENCE. ALTHOUGH CHROMECAST WASN'T WORKING, THE DRYER HAD A BROKEN PART AND THE BATHROOM HAD A LEAK"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Sonder - The Hogg Palace
Near Texas Medical AND Down Town Houston
Near Texas Medical AND Down Town Houston
Houston, TX
Located in Southeast Houston, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of University of Houston and Texas Southern University. Houston Zoo and Houston Natural ...
Near Texas Medical AND Down Town Houston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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Reviews of Houston

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5/5 - Excellent

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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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