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Houston, TX

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Known for its beef, oil and gas industry, ‘H Town’ buzzes with creative energy too. Ballet and theater happily coexist with rodeos and gridiron. 

Named after General Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, the city was founded on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in 1837. Thanks to successful port and railroad industries and the discovery of oil in 1901, it‘s enjoyed decades of prosperity. Today, only New York has more Fortune 500 companies.

Many of the city’s best attractions lie within easy reach of Downtown. Head to the Museum District where the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection both have works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Stroll the tranquil grounds of Hermann Park, which has the Houston Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium.

A civic passion for sport and a temperate climate year-round makes Houston a good destination to explore the outdoors. Head to Discovery Green for playgrounds and bike trails. Eight miles (13 kilometers) west of Downtown, Memorial Park has more expansive running and biking trails and a golf course. While there, drop by the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and stroll through nature walks or enjoy some quiet time in one of the special gardens. Stimulate your sight, sound and smell in the Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden or get some hands-on education about Houston's flora and fauna in the Discovery Room.

Science enthusiasts should take the 40-minute drive to NASA’s Space Center Houston. The Center has decommissioned space craft and artifacts, and a tour that goes through the old Mission Control areas.

For family-oriented fun, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) to The Moody Gardens theme park on Galveston Island. The Kemah Boardwalk is a little closer, but still by the sea. Stroll the promenade, dine, shop or take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, Carousel or Wipeout. If it’s hot, cool off at popular Splashtown, which is an easy drive north of Downtown.

Relive the battle for Texan Independence 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Downtown at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Here you’ll find the world’s tallest monument tower and the Battleship Texas.

Houston may be big, but friendly locals give it a small-town vibe.

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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 ¥11,560 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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. Revention Music Center ...
3.9/5Good! (423 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Omni Houston Hotel Westside
Omni Houston Hotel Westside
4 out of 5
13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,652 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Memorial, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bear Creek Pioneers Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Memorial City Mall and Katy Mills Mall. Downtown Aquarium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,095 reviews)
"very nice hotel! very friendly and helpful staff, super clean rooms. it is clear that the hotel needs a little facelift though, the rooms are a bit outdated. The TV system is not the friendliest - would be great to be able to log on to my netflix account. Also, charging for wifi isnt a good idea, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Omni Houston Hotel Westside
Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥17,550 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 13
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Hotel is beautiful and in a good location. Valet is attentive and quick. There is no room service or house keeping. There are a ton of elevators but the wait took longer than usual. At more than one point there were large groups waiting to board the elevators."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hyatt Regency Houston
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