Houston Travel Guide & Information

Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas has often been rated as the most livable city. The city sprawls across the Texas plains and offers a broad range of social and cultural experiences to residents and visitors. No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’ll always be close to a plethora of entertainment and attractions. From humble beginnings in 1836, Houston has become one of the premier travel destinations.

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Travel to Houston, a city that presents a perfect balance between modern and natural landscape. The high-rise skyline gives way to several lakes and waterways speckled throughout the city. Flights to Houston are your tickets to a city that has long been known as an energetic rodeo town, biotech and medical research center, aerospace innovator and a world class international arts destination.

Exquisite museums, fine restaurants and fashionable shops are peppered throughout the landscape, ensuring that travelers are never far from the fun. With great golf courses, beautiful parks and sumptuous spas, Houston is not all about "Seeing and Doing" it’s also an excellent spot for travelers who are looking for a relaxing vacation. The variety ranges from cultural events, to nature preserves, to wonderful evenings at restaurants and bars making Houston a premier destination tailor-made to suit every type of vacationer.

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Things to do in Houston

Museums:

Houston has several world class museums that provide insight into Houston’s history.

Houston Museum of Natural Science: is a science museum focusing on education and science. The museum complex consists of a central facility with four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Wortham IMAX Theater. Much of the museum's popularity is attributed to its large number of special and visiting exhibits.

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston: is one of the largest museums in the United States. The permanent collection spans more than 6,000 years of history with more than 56,000 works from six continents. In addition to touring exhibits and thematic installations, the museum's encyclopedic permanent collections of world art fill the galleries with works from every era.

Houston Holocaust Museum: is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust. There are permanent and temporary exhibits at the Holocaust Museum Houston. An important part of the permanent exhibition is called "Bearing Witness: A community remembers," the testimony of Houston-area survivors.

Prominent Attractions:

Houston hosts several other attractions worth adding to a traveler’s itinerary.

Houston Zoo: Housing over 4,500 animals belonging to over 900 species, the zoo receives 1.6 million visitors each year and is the seventh most visited zoo in the nation. The zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston. The zoo also offers dedicated areas for visitors to get up close to some of the animals, making it an ideal spot for a family vacation.

Memorial Park: is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The park includes the 18-hole Memorial Park Golf Course, including facilities for tennis, softball, swimming, track, croquet, volleyball, skating, cycling and a running course. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, an arboretum and botanical garden sits on 155 acres within the park.

Traders Village: Traders Village Flea Market is known as the most-visited weekend flea markets. Shoppers from around the world come for the bargain hunting to discover everything, from hand-made crafts to one-of-a-kind treasures. Besides great shopping, the flea market also hosts a variety of cultural events and performances throughout the year. The market is a must visit for every traveler to Houston.

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Where to Stay in Houston

The choice of hotels in Houston is endless, ranging from cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 to extended stay hotels and more.

Downtown Houston: In Downtown Houston, you’ll find the headquarters of many prominent companies. There is an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings. Being home to some premier attractions, it should come as no surprise that the area is home to some world renowned luxurious hotel chains, fast food restaurants, casual dining restaurants, shops and other attractions. Some of the most recognized hotel chains in this area include, the Four Seasons & Best Western, to name a few. Downtown Houston also boasts the second largest theatre district in the United States. The city has world class permanent organizations such as the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet.

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Montrose: Montrose is one of the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Houston. Montrose is Houston's home to the city's museums. The area has transformed into an upscale, commercial and artsy neighborhood. Among other hotels, you’ll find excellent Bed & Breakfast accommodations, too.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Houston, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Houston.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Houston

Excellent weather and affordable prices make Houston an ideal destination to be visited anytime of the year. However, the most popular times are during the spring and fall, when the weather is mild and the days are bright.

Budget travelers looking for cheap flights to Houston can choose to travel during the winter months, except the holiday season.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (March to May & October to November)

Off-Peak season: (July to August & December to January)

Houston Weather

Houston has all four seasons. However, winters tend to be mild.

* Summer temperatures in Houston are at their hottest during July and August.

* Winters in Houston are cool with January being the coldest month.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Houston. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost of ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the dominant language in Houston.

* Many people in Houston speak Spanish.