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Houston
This sprawling city hums with the energy and independent spirit that turned it 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... more This sprawling city hums with the energy and independent spirit that turned it 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: Specialty Museums; Science Museums
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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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Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo
Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a... more Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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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: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
Ranked #1 of 7,902 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Brazilian, South American, Gluten Free
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Ranked #2 of 7,902 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $26 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Phoenicia Specialty Foods
Phoenicia Specialty Foods
Ranked #3 of 7,902 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal, Persian, Kosher, Gluten Free, Healthy
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 7,902 Restaurants in Houston
Price: $22 - $60
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Uchi
Uchi
Ranked #5 of 7,902 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Value Place Houston Willowbrook
2.5 of 5
Value Place Houston Willowbrook
$54 - $95
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HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel
$34 - $71
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Greenpoint Extended Stay Hotel
2.0 of 5
Greenpoint Extended Stay Hotel
$41 - $60
Ranked #206 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
3.5 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW America Plaza
$95 - $204
Ranked #4 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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Red Roof Inn - Houston - Westchase
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn - Houston - Westchase
$70 - $80
Ranked #5 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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SpringHill Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport
3.0 of 5
SpringHill Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport
$103 - $219
Ranked #8 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Lancaster
4.0 of 5
The Lancaster
$169 - $366
Ranked #1 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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Hotel Granduca Houston
5.0 of 5
Hotel Granduca Houston
$236 - $401
Ranked #2 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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Hilton Americas - Houston
4.0 of 5
Hilton Americas - Houston
$125 - $315
Ranked #6 of 488 Hotels in Houston
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.