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Houston, TX
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Houston

Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek
4 out of 5
2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,961 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,810 reviews)

"Safe and easy to access. Stayed out of the weather"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

Hotel Derek
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥19,076 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Toyota Center and Minute Maid ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Great stay! Would enjoy to return. Wonderful view and nice staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Marriott Marquis Houston
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,874 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Uptown, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Williams Tower and Richmond ...

3.6/5Good! (983 reviews)

"Loved this room with the balcony, will definitely stay again for a staycation weekend."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by 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.

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HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is ¥9,517 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (1,635 reviews)

"I forgot the front desk worker was amazing! Great attitude super helpful and you can tell she knew her job well! The room itself and hotel was clean. I’ll definitely be starting here again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 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 ¥11,190 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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! (1,622 reviews)

"Great location beautiful property, great bed and comfortable room"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
3 out of 5
1910 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX
The price is ¥7,609 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

Located in Aldine, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Houston Police Department Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Greenspoint Mall and Crowley, W. E. "Bill" ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (362 reviews)

"Great ambiance clean great Quality and Affordable"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
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.

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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

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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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