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HoustonUnited States of America

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

Discovery Green which includes a city, central business district and a high rise building

Downtown Houston

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,299 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Houston. Top attractions like Downtown Aquarium and Discovery Green are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Central Station Main or Theater District Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Houston
Houston skyline

The Galleria

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,957 area reviews)

Travelers to The Galleria praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Westheimer Rd and Williams Tower.

The Galleria
Small, but very peaceful park in the medical center.

Texas Medical Center

4/5Very Good!(566 area reviews)

Restaurants, museums, and shopping highlight some notable features of Texas Medical Center. Make a stop by Houston Museum District or Houston Maritime Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at TMC Transit Center or Dryden/TMC Station to get around town.

Texas Medical Center
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center which includes a park and landscape views

Memorial

4/5Very Good!(728 area reviews)

Memorial is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Memorial City Mall and CityCentre while you're in town.

Memorial
Great Bar!!

Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(43 area reviews)

The restaurants and live music are just a few things visitors like about Midtown. Houston Museum District and Continental Club are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at McGowen Station or Ensemble/HCC Station to get around the larger area.

Midtown
Spicy miso ramen !! Tasty!

Westchase

4/5Very Good!(1,011 area reviews)

Travelers come to Westchase for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Westheimer Rd and Harwin Drive Shopping District while you're in town.

Westchase

Top Hotels in Houston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
4 out of 5
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX
The price is ¥13,861 per night

Located in The Galleria, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial Park is 2.6 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,886 reviews)

"Everybody was really nice and were accommodated well"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥22,457 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (907 reviews)

"Great experience family time was enjoyed spa was excellent a and treated well"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston
The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort
4 out of 5
2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, TX
The price is ¥23,532 per night

This family-friendly The Woodlands resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Woodlands Town Center, Market Street, and Cynthia Woods Mitchell ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,002 reviews)

"Very helpful and professional staff. We wanted to have a nice dinner at the hotels restaurant but it was closed down that day."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

The Woodlands Resort

Popular places to visit in Houston

Toyota Center
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Toyota Center

4/5(967 reviews)

Catch an event at Toyota Center during your trip to Houston. Experience the acclaimed art scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk

4.5/5(1,135 reviews)

This old-school boardwalk on Galveston Bay is a dining, shopping and amusement park paradise.

NRG Stadium
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NRG Stadium

4.5/5(626 reviews)

Catch an event at NRG Stadium during your trip to Houston. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Space Center Houston
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Space Center Houston

4.5/5(1,083 reviews)

This iconic “mission control” was immortalized for its role in the first moon landing.

Minute Maid Park
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Minute Maid Park

4.5/5(907 reviews)

Catch an event at Minute Maid Park during your trip to Houston. Experience the acclaimed art scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Johnson Space Center - NASA
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Johnson Space Center - NASA

4.5/5(1,214 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Johnson Space Center - NASA, a favorite museum in Houston. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a sporting event in the area.

Top things to do in Houston

Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
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Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

¥9,117
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions
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Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions

¥6,869
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour

¥2,677
Per adult
Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour
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Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour

¥10,620
Per adult
Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
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Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

¥2,898
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

¥1,484
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

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