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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

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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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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: Specialty 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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Cockrell Butterfly Center
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot... more Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Science Museums
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Houston Museum District
Houston Museum District
Attraction type: Specialty Museums

All places to eat » Places to eat

Peli Peli
Peli Peli
Ranked #1 of 7,538 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, African, International, Fusion
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 7,538 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $22 - $60
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Uchi
Uchi
Ranked #3 of 7,538 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Ranked #4 of 7,538 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $26 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Barbecue
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Chama Gaucha Brazillian Steakhouse
Chama Gaucha Brazillian Steakhouse
Ranked #5 of 7,538 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Brazilian, Barbecue, Argentinean
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Value Place Houston Willowbrook
2.5 of 5
Value Place Houston Willowbrook
$60 - $104
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Sun Suites of Houston-IAH Airport
2.0 of 5
Sun Suites of Houston-IAH Airport
$51 - $52
Ranked #94 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
$25 - $54
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Comfort Suites Westbelt - Beltway 8
2.0 of 5
Comfort Suites Westbelt - Beltway 8
$100 - $154
Ranked #1 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
3.5 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
$95 - $262
Ranked #3 of 469 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
$82 - $171
Ranked #4 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Lancaster
4.0 of 5
The Lancaster
$178 - $384
Ranked #2 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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Hilton Americas - Houston
4.0 of 5
Hilton Americas - Houston
$169 - $414
Ranked #7 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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Hotel ZaZa Houston
4.0 of 5
Hotel ZaZa Houston
$278 - $371
Ranked #9 of 469 Hotels in Houston
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