Why Go To Houston

Give this Texas city a chance. Yes, Houston's history is sticky with oil, and its contemporary landscape climbs with skyscrapers belonging to Citgo, Shell and many, many more. But what you might not know is that Houston has grassy parks, eclectic galleries, a burgeoning art scene and Tex-Mex restaurants that all vie for attention downtown. And outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston is one of the greatest places in Texas to shop: Ever heard of the Galleria? There are also plenty of nice hotels to lay your head and a variety of fun things for the kiddies to see, such as the zoo and the children's museum. Those with a keen interest in space can learn all about NASA's program at Space Center Houston and science nerds can check out the comprehensive Museum of Natural Science. So, yes, it's a huge sprawling city of more than 2 million, but with pleasant weather pretty much year-round, an abundance of entertaining festivals and plenty of things to do, you should give it a chance.


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Houston is ranked as:

  • #3 in Best Places to Visit in Texas

  • #10 in Best Foodie Cities in the U.S.A.


Best Things To Do In Houston


Houston is home to a wealth of activities and interesting sights. The city offers things to do for outdoors enthusiasts (Buffalo Bayou), families (the Houston zoo and children's museum) and lovers of art (the unique Art Car Museum and superb Menil Collection). Shoppers will enjoy the massive Galleria, and there's even a very impressive and very sobering Holocaust Museum Houston. Visitors can learn about the origins of "Houston, we've had a problem" and NASA's astronaut program at Space Center Houston or enjoy prehistoric exhibits and colorful butterflies at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. And we can't forget Tex-Mex: The city teems with superb Texas-Mexico fusion cuisine.  

Houston Travel Tips

  • Bring on the barbecueTexas is known for its barbecue and Houston won't let you down. Try Killen's BBQ or Gatlin's BBQ.

  • Embrace the artsHouston has plenty of museums, but it's one of just a few U.S. cities with professional companies in the four performing arts disciplines: ballet, opera, symphony and theater.

  • Rent a carThe Houston metro area encompasses 627 square miles, and while you won't have to travel too far to see the top attractions, you'll want your own set of wheels to get around. 

  • Humidity reignsHouston is an incredibly humid city year-round.

  • Check for coupons Visit Houston offers deals and discounts on everything from hotel rooms to restaurants.

  • Find a food truck Houston is home to hundreds of food trucks dishing out affordable eats all around town. Check Roaming Hunger's food truck finder to see what trucks will be near you.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report