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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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Top Hotels in Houston

The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort
4 out of 5
2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, TX
The price is CA $213 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

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! (936 reviews)

"Rooms are spacious and clean. Very nice and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

The Woodlands Resort
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is CA $253 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (957 reviews)

"Excellent!!! Pool is awesome great atmosphere, music, food and drinks were good too"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
4 out of 5
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX
The price is CA $173 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,832 reviews)

"Close to a lot of places and the staff was very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Royal Sonesta 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.

Vacation Rentals in Houston

Hyatt House Houston-West/Energy Corridor
Hyatt House Houston-West/Energy Corridor
3 out of 5
15405 Katy Fwy, (Highway 10 West of Addicks), Houston, TX
The price is CA $82 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Memorial, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from TopGolf Houston and within 3 miles (5 km) of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and Houston Methodist ...

4.2/5Excellent! (578 reviews)

"I like the kitchenette and the sofa arrangement.🤗"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2020

Hyatt House Houston-West/Energy Corridor
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is CA $151 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

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! (1,597 reviews)

"It was great every one and everything was awsome Everyone was nice"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 16, 2020

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 CA $119 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Richmond Avenue and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Westheimer ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,566 reviews)

"Joey was a wonderful host, and the room was nice and clean, can’t wait to visit again"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2020

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.

Popular places to visit in Houston

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk

4/5(30 reviews)

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

Space Center Houston
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Space Center Houston

4.5/5(66 reviews)

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

Houston Zoo
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Houston Zoo

4/5(29 reviews)

Feed a giraffe, catch a 4-D movie or cool off in the water park at this extraordinary zoo.

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

CA $115
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

CA $87
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour
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Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour

CA $134
Per adult
Houston Haunted Bar Tour
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Houston Haunted Bar Tour

CA $36
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

CA $34
Per adult
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

CA $19
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Houston

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 24.113475177304963%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.290780141843975%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 24.46808510638298%
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2 - Disappointing 1.7730496453900708%
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1 - Terrible 0.3546099290780142%

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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