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Houston
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

Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek
4 out of 5
2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX
The price is CA $142 per night from May 5 to May 6

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! (1,811 reviews)

"Staff was great the room was perfect only thing is you get free parking for booking with the hotel with them"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Hotel Derek
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is CA $96 per night from May 5 to May 6

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Discovery Green, and House of Blues Houston. Revention Music Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,261 reviews)

"Great price and great location with good service.perfect for downtown Houston."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in 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
The price is CA $137 per night from May 8 to May 9

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! (953 reviews)

"The Lobby was a disaster...... people behaving like they where in a party. No restaurant to eat........."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 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.
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is CA $120 per night from May 9 to May 10

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! (1,646 reviews)

"Best hotel in Houston stayed for 2 nights switch to hotel Derek big mistake I wish I would’ve stayed here. Had a full kitchen and free parking felt safe as well. Had google chrome cast you could cast YouTube and Netflix from your phone which was nice. Also had EVERYTHING within the area everything ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2021

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Sonder - The Hogg Palace
Sonder - The Hogg Palace
3.5 out of 5
401 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX
The price is CA $132 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Located in Theater District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Market Square Park and Revention Music Center. Downtown Aquarium and Hobby Center for ...

3.9/5Very Good! (34 reviews)

"GREAT EXPERIENCE. ALTHOUGH CHROMECAST WASN'T WORKING, THE DRYER HAD A BROKEN PART AND THE BATHROOM HAD A LEAK"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2021

Sonder - The Hogg Palace
Regency Inn & Suites - Baytown
Regency Inn & Suites - Baytown
3.5 out of 5
7420 Garth Rd, Baytown, TX
The price is CA $73 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in the heart of Baytown, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of San Jacinto Mall, Pirates Bay Water Park, and Altus Baytown Hospital. Houston Methodist ...

3.7/5Good! (222 reviews)

"Room was nice, bed was comfertable."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

Regency Inn & Suites - Baytown
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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4/5 - Good

Marg

Mar 13, 2020

This a big city.....there is lots to do... The freeway or expressways are CRAZY!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Oiutstanding medical center - nice doctors nice people very helpful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2020

Visited Johnson Space Center - I would love to go back for another visit.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

did not visit Houston, only traveling through.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

Not a lot to do in Houston

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

It was a neat city. Everyone was so friendly and my 10-year-old could have spent days at the Children’s Museum without complaint.

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