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Houston, TX is situated near the Gulf of Mexico and is the largest city in the South. With a fantastic arts scene, shopping, vibrant nightlife, and unrivaled dining, Houston is a premier destination for families, art aficionados, foodies, and tourists from all over the country.

Houston, Texas, Visitors Guide

As a cultural heavyweight, Houston is second to none when it comes to diversity and is the fourth largest city in America. There’s always something happening in Houston. The city delivers first-class dining, entertainment, shopping, major sporting events, and more. Dubbed "the New Capital of Southern Cool" the downtown area has a flourishing performing arts scene from ballet to theater.

The Museum District is home to 19 cultural museums located just blocks from one another. Considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in America, Houston appeals to many notable chefs who serve up some of the most delicious meals. From Tex-Mex restaurants to southern BBQ, the city has it all. The best time of the year to visit is in the fall when there’s lower tourist traffic and nice weather.

Geography

Houston is located along the upper Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 50 miles northwest of the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston. It is the largest city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the nation.

Neighborhoods

Montrose is a trendy Houston neighborhood that is frequented by art lovers and foodies alike. Visit one of the area’s java joints or gourmet eateries. Then visit the Menil Collection to view one of the best art collections in the world.
Downtown Area is filled with a lively theater district and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars. Go here to watch The Rockets and Astros play in their world-renowned arenas.
The Heights is a broad area that actually includes several neighborhoods, Houston Heights’ has a mix of vintage shops, residential areas, hike and bike trails, and dining and entertainment districts.
River Oaks is a luxury area that has golf courses, high-end shopping malls, and parks where children and parents both can enjoy the green space.

Top Places to Visit

NASA Space Center Houston

NASA Space Center Houston is a science museum that serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Go on a guided adventure and get a detailed look at the past, present, and future of human space exploration.

The Galleria

The Galleria is the largest mall in Texas with four floors and 375 stores including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, FENDI, Prada, and more.

Hermann Park

Hermann Park is the most popular and historically significant public green space in Houston and has more than 445 acres. It is located near downtown and in one of Houston’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

Climate

Houston is known for having high heat and even higher humidity, with most of the city's temperatures being between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit on most days. It is considered a subtropical climate and receives an average rainfall of 53 inches a year which is more than most other Texas cities. It seems to rain almost every day, even if it’s just for an hour or so.

What is Houston Known for

NASA Space Center, The Galleria, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Zoo, Kemah Boardwalk, Battleship Texas, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Award-Winning Restaurants, Livestock and Rodeo Shows, Shopping, and Theatre & Arts.

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