Houston

Travel Guide

Through booms and busts in the oil industry, this Texas city has built and maintained great cultural attractions and diverse culinary experiences.

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

Hyatt Regency Houston West
Hyatt Regency Houston West
3.5 out of 5
13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is CA $108 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,139 reviews)
"Spent about a week here. Property was on standards for a Hyatt Regency. Clean, and well maintained. Limited housekeeping, but that is pretty much standard now with Covid, etc. I have no doubt any request I had would have been met. But JEFF!!!!?? The Bartender for the Black Gold Bar is an amazing ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Hyatt Regency Houston West
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is CA $126 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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. Minute Maid Park and ...
3.9/5 Good! (677 reviews)
"Outstanding property."

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is CA $110 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower, Discovery Green, and Minute Maid Park. George R. Brown Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,132 reviews)
"Very friendly staff and hotel very charming"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
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HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is CA $123 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park, and Children's Museum of Houston. Karbach ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,777 reviews)
"For visiting our family in Houston, this was the perfect home away from home. It gave us a clean comfortable space to relax at the end of the day and to sleep. The cooked breakfast was good as was the coffee. We would be happy to return to this hotel on future visits."

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 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 CA $137 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,759 reviews)
"The staff was excellent and Tony was the best. Awesome location! The hotel needs some updates but it didn’t affect my stay. Will stay here again if given the opportunity."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
3 out of 5
3414 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is CA $151 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Situated in Houston, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (202 reviews)
"I liked it had a full size refrigerator and microwave. The hotel was very clean. What I didn't like they didn't have a good breakfast selection and the area wasn't that great you have take uber or lyft everywhere you go and that is expensive. I did enjoy may stay"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton at 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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