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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

Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek
4 out of 5
2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX
The price is $128 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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 ...
3.6/5Good! (1,897 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Hotel Derek
The Whitehall Houston
The Whitehall Houston
4 out of 5
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX
The price is $155 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 9
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. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"The valet guys were really good. They pointed out to us our car tire had a slow leak. We would've never noticed that had they not told us. The restaurant food was really great! We loved the location - being able to walk to shopping and restaurants. The bathrooms were kinda small and my husband who ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

The Whitehall Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is $149 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Downtown Houston, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Discovery Green, Downtown Aquarium, and Toyota Center. George R. Brown Convention ...
4.4/5Excellent! (947 reviews)
"Within walking distance of Discovery Green and Sam Houston Park. There’s quite a foot restaurants nearby if you aren’t driving."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Hyatt Regency 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 Shenandoah The Woodlands
Home2 Suites by Hilton Shenandoah The Woodlands
2.5 out of 5
223 David Vetter Blvd, Shenandoah, TX
The price is $101 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Situated in Shenandoah, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Woodlands Town Center and Memorial Hermann. Woodlands Mall and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (217 reviews)
"property was extremely clean and room has a lot of space and amenities"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Shenandoah The Woodlands
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is $111 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,735 reviews)
"The only things they don't tell me that I have to pay for parking 😒 and that's disappointing me"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 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 $119 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 10
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Richmond Avenue and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Westheimer Rd ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,707 reviews)
"Great price and great location"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 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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