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 6 to Jan 7
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! (729 reviews)
"This hotel was lovely and the staff where great I’ll love to come Back"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 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 $135 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
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! (2,096 reviews)
"Very clean hot water staff very nice"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is $199 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Minute Maid Park and House of ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"There wasn’t kno free wi-fi"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Marriott Marquis 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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Westchase
Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Westchase
3 out of 5
3125 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX
The price is $96 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
Located in Westchase, this aparthotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from CityCentre and within 12 mi (20 km) of Memorial City Mall and Greenway Plaza. Lakewood Church and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (293 reviews)
"The staff was on point"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Westchase
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $105 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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! (1,785 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 Jan 23 to Jan 24
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! (1,778 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston 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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