Since its inception, Houston has been on the map as a boomtown for business. Now, with its growing list of must-see, must-do activities and multiple pockets of hipster paradise, it’s building its reputation as a bragworthy travel destination. These days, the “Energy Capital of the World” is buzzing with a different kind of energy – the kind that puts the “do it all” wind back in your sails after soaking up relaxing coastal vibes nearby.
As you trek through all the uniquely vibrant and historical neighborhoods, you’ll find each one is brimming with its own special blend of culture, architecture and artistic influence. The popular Montrose neighborhood boasts an incredible art scene where you can visit the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. And nearby in the Houston Museum District, you can experience dozens of museums full of inspiring works from artists and historians around the world, all within a few gorgeous walkable city blocks.
Don’t limit your exploration to what’s on the surface, though – over 6 miles of urban wonders lie hidden beneath Discovery Green in the Downtown Houston Tunnels, where you can nosh at a variety of underground restaurants or shop for some wearable souvenirs. And when you’re ready to feel the wind in your hair once again, you can take things way above ground with a flight on a vintage warbird at the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Then, launch your sense of wonder right into the stratosphere with a trip to Space Center Houston – where you can ogle space artifacts and exhibits that will give you a taste of what life is like on the final frontier. For the full experience, grab some outer-space-approved ice cream – a delicacy loved by space cowboys and enthusiasts the world over.
For more earthly fare, you really can’t beat Houston’s diverse food scene. Every nook and cranny of this sprawling metropolis is sprinkled with culinary magic. This hotbed of flavor is ready and waiting for you to discover your personal favorites, all served up from the windows of food trucks and award-winning kitchens alike. Give the foodie in you the delight of trying it all – around here you can fill your belly with just about anything you’re craving – from interior Mexican and earthy Italian to the classics: smoky BBQ and savory Tex-Mex.
Asian cuisine is a particularly diverse and exciting scene on the Houston streets. Find the best authentic phô, Korean BBQ, chow mein, tom yum goong, masala dosa, lechon… the list goes on practically forever. There’s sure to be something delicious you haven’t tried yet, or if you’re looking for an old favorite, Houston chefs give it their own spin.
Whatever kind of exploration you’re into – touristy, offbeat, outdoor adventure or indoor discovery – Houston delivers the unique activities that will bring some razzle-dazzle to your traveler heart. From eccentric eclecticism to traditional Texan, you’ll find threads of your perfect vacation vibe woven throughout the fabric of the city.