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Houston
This sprawling city hums with the energy and independent spirit that turned it from swampland into the fourth-largest city in the U.S. Everything is big, from the towering skyscrapers to the city's prominence in aerospace, oil, shipping and finance. Even the architecture makes big, bold statements, like the medical center towers that resemble two giant syringes. A thriving business center, the city has become increasingly cosmopolitan, with an influx of diverse ethnic groups and a strong emphasis on the arts. Opera, ballet, symphony and theater are all top-notch, and museums abound. The midday heat is easily escaped inside the numerous attractions and shopping areas, particularly in the pedestrian-friendly 6.5-mile... more This sprawling city hums with the energy and independent spirit that turned it from swampland into the fourth-largest city in the U.S. Everything is big, from the towering skyscrapers to the city's prominence in aerospace, oil, shipping and finance. Even the architecture makes big, bold statements, like the medical center towers that resemble two giant syringes. A thriving business center, the city has become increasingly cosmopolitan, with an influx of diverse ethnic groups and a strong emphasis on the arts. Opera, ballet, symphony and theater are all top-notch, and museums abound. The midday heat is easily escaped inside the numerous attractions and shopping areas, particularly in the pedestrian-friendly 6.5-mile underground city. Since you're in the place that broadcast man's first step on the moon, you may want to pay a visit to Space Center Houston, where you'll be whisked into outer space through simulations and films. Once back on earth, you can hop on the tram to the complex's NASA/Johnson Space Center to watch astronauts and engineers at work and in training. less

All things to do » Things to do

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Owner description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly... more Owner description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms. less
Attraction type: Museums; Natural History Museums; Science Museums; Observatories/ Planetariums; Theaters
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Owner description: The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and also includes Baroque and Renaissance art, African tribal art, a... more Owner description: The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and also includes Baroque and Renaissance art, African tribal art, a sculpture garden and a teaching wing, where the works of students and top Texas artists are displayed. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston
Owner description: The Holocaust Museum Houston educates visitors about prejudice and tolerance. You can see archival film, a Danish rescue boat and a World War II railcar used to transport victims... more Owner description: The Holocaust Museum Houston educates visitors about prejudice and tolerance. You can see archival film, a Danish rescue boat and a World War II railcar used to transport victims to concentration camps. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum of Houston
Hands-on interactive exhibits in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.
Attraction type: Children's Museums
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Houston Museum District
Houston Museum District
Attraction type: Museums

All places to eat » Places to eat

Peli Peli
Peli Peli
Ranked #1 of 7,312 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, International, Fusion
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 7,312 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $22 - $60
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Ranked #3 of 7,312 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $26 - $80
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Uchi
Uchi
Ranked #4 of 7,312 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Chama Gaucha Brazillian Steakhouse
Chama Gaucha Brazillian Steakhouse
Ranked #5 of 7,312 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Brazilian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
$25 - $53
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Crestwood Suites Houston 290-Galleria
2.0 of 5
Crestwood Suites Houston 290-Galleria
$60 - $93
Ranked #87 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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Sun Suites Of Greenspoint
2.0 of 5
Sun Suites Of Greenspoint
$41 - $52
Ranked #92 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
$97 - $279
Ranked #1 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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Comfort Suites Westbelt - Beltway 8
Comfort Suites Westbelt - Beltway 8
$102 - $162
Ranked #3 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston Northwest-Brookhollow
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston Northwest-Brookhollow
$86 - $162
Ranked #4 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Lancaster
4.0 of 5
The Lancaster
$194 - $418
Ranked #2 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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Hilton Americas - Houston
4.0 of 5
Hilton Americas - Houston
$155 - $457
Ranked #7 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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Four Seasons Hotel Houston
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
$254 - $597
Ranked #9 of 457 Hotels in Houston
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