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

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is $95 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
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! (2,141 reviews)
"Clean and peaceful"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel 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 Dec 19 to Dec 19
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! (689 reviews)
"I like the nice furniture items …. But what i didn’t like is that the room didn’t have no microwave i had to go way down stairs to use one ."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria
4 out of 5
5353 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $117 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Uptown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Williams Tower and Westheimer Rd. Richmond Avenue and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park are also within 2 ...
3.5/5 Good! (978 reviews)
"Most things were great. However, it took a long time to check out at the front desk. Also, the bar was closed on Sunday evening so we weren’t able to enjoy a nice glass of wine."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria
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HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $96 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
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! (1,779 reviews)
"Very helpful front desk. I was working and printer had issues and they printed for me at the desk. Very friendly staff"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
3 out of 5
5190 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX
The price is $107 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
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! (1,764 reviews)
"Nice for a couple days. No daily maid service. So a couple days is I would stay"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites 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 $101 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
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! (1,026 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
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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