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America’s fourth largest city is many things to its 2.2 million residents – and the many tourists who arrive on flights to Houston every year. It’s an energy capital, rodeo town, space travel innovator, international arts destination and is also home to some of the best restaurants in the south.

Much like its home state Texas, Houston is impossible to pin down. It mixes the old stereotypes of Southern hospitality and cowboys of the Wild West with the affluent skyline and financial districts of a city built on oil. As the only major US city untamed by zoning laws, these multiple facets exist side by side, meaning each street is an unpredictable mix of old and new. This is a city where it’s just as easy to catch a show at the opera house as it is to track down a pair of authentic, handmade cowboy boots. And that’s what makes it such a diverse travel destination.

Houston is home to three separate skylines jagged with dazzling skyscrapers towering over leafy residential neighbourhoods. These are packed with world famous museums, fashionable shopping districts such as The Galleria, and art galleries including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

The Rothko Chapel is where art meets meditation, offering peaceful respite for the Houston locals, while the Space Center Houston, home of NASA, is a space enthusiast’s dream – and the only place in the world where you can discover how it felt to be in Mission Control when astronaut Jack Swigert said: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

With more than 11,000 restaurants that cater to every possible taste, it’s no surprise Houstonians dine out often. Prepare your taste buds for some of the best food, and biggest portions, in Texas.

Visit the Space Center Houston

Houston is the proud home of the Nasa centre for human space flight activities. At the Space Center Houston, children and adults can walk on actual spacecraft, find out what life is like for an astronaut, and tour Mission Control.

1601 Nasa Parkway
TX 77058
+1 281 244 2100

Tour the Downtown Tunnel System

Beneath Houston lies seven miles of tunnels with access to hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants, stores and florists. There are plenty of walking tours available to stop visitors getting lost in the sprawling labyrinth. Urban Adventures start and finish their tours at Café Express.

Café Express
650 Main Street
TX 77002
+1 832 992 3179

Stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park

If you fancy some fresh air or simply need to walk off some of that Texas home-cooking, head for Buffalo Bayou Park. It’s a sprawling green space, filled with green trails for walking, running and biking that has the slow moving Buffalo Bayou River running through it. Plus, it has great views of downtown Houston, especially at sunset.

3600 Memorial Drive
TX 77019
+1 832 395 7000

Get eccentric with Art Cars

Houston almost beats Austin for the honour of being Texas’ most eccentric city. Time your visit for the Orange Show to see the Art Car Parade in Spring (if you miss it, head to the Art Car Museum). If that’s not quirky enough, check out David Adickes’ studio, filled with 20-foot giant sculptures of all the American presidents’ heads.

Art Car Museum
140 Heights Blvd
TX 77007
+1 713 861 5526

Get cultured in the theatre district

More than nine million people a year visit downtown Houston’s cultural district for ballet, opera, classical music and the city’s 19 museums. Plus there’s the famous Rothko Chapel, a Zen minimalist chapel dedicated to meditation and the work of acclaimed artist Mark Rothko.

The Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon Street
TX 77006
+1 713 524 9839

Become a cowboy at Texas Junk Co.

Texas Junk Co. is an authentic cowboy pit stop – a local institution selling more than 1,000 pairs of real, vintage cowboy boots. Even if you’re not in the market for boots, the old-fashioned store with original horse-hitching posts is not to be missed.

215 Welch Street
TX 77006
+1 713 524 6257

Vic & Anthony’s (Steakhouse)

Downtown’s premier steakhouse is all glitz and glam, even during its popular Burger Fridays. By night the glittering dining room offers the city’s best steaks, and carries every bit as good a reputation as their similar outlets in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

1510 Texas Avenue
TX 77002
+1 713 228 1111

Underbelly (American)

If you’re after a hearty taste of the South in a lively atmosphere, head to Underbelly, a self-styled melting pot of different cultures from the whole city. Chef Chris Shepherd loves using local ingredients sourced directly from farmers in his refectory-style restaurant.

1100 Westheimer Road
TX 77006
+1 713 528 9800

The Pass & Provisions (Modern American)

As the name suggests, you can pick from one of two restaurants under the same roof. The adventurous might fancy The Pass with its fixed-course experimental menu of quirky combinations. Provisions, meanwhile, keeps the adventure, but offers a wider a la carte selection.

807 Taft Street
TX 77019
+1 713 628 9020

Oxheart (Modern American)

The tiny Oxheart restaurant seats only 30 people and champions locally grown produce on the veggie-heavy mains. Chef Justin Yu is well travelled and draws on Flemish influences as well as other parts of the USA in his menu. The soundtrack to dinner comes from a retro collection vinyl.

1302 Nance Street
TX 77002
+1 832 830 8592

Caracol (Mexican)

This glamorous, airy restaurant offers sophisticated dining with a menu focused on seafood dishes from the 16 coastal states of Chef Hugo Ortega’s native Mexico. Eye-catching original artwork – including a 14-foot long print of a squid battling a whale - from American Modernist Charley Harper adorns the walls.

2200 Post Oak Boulevard
TX 77056
+1 713 6222 9996

Cajun Stop (Cajun/Creole)

Houston is famous for its Cajun and Creole cooking, bringing a little taste of Louisiana to the Lone Star State, which means po-boys (a sub sandwich) and seafood. Cajun Stop serves comfort food with a New Orleans twist amid a Mardi Gras atmosphere, with jazz music and old-fashioned pecan pie.

2130 Jefferson Street
TX 77003
+1 713 222 8333

The Westin Galleria Houston

Shopaholics should look no further than The Westin, which is connected to The Galleria, Houston’s colossal upscale shopping mall. The hotel gives guests a complimentary ‘Passport to Shopping’, which includes exclusive coupons to some stores. The Westin offers a relaxing respite from the hectic mall, with a gym, lounge and restaurant.

5060 West Alabama Street
TX 77056
+1 713 960 8100

Magnolia Hotel Houston

Housed in what was the tallest building in Houston during the 1920s, the Magnolia is where Art Deco elegance meets quirky hipster style. A milk and cookie reception greets you, and the rooftop pool offers stunning city views. It’s just a short walk from Houston’s downtown restaurants and lounges.

1100 Texas Street
TX 77002
+1 713 221 0011

Hotel Sorella City Centre

This modern and minimalistic hotel is a fine example of chic, trendy accommodation in Houston. Even if you’re not checking in, it’s worth a visit to hang out in Monnalisa, a lounge with a fire pit, star-lit ceiling and a rooftop pool with cabanas and lanterns.

800 Sorella Court
TX 77024
+1 713 973 1600

Hotel ICON

Occupying a former bank just north of downtown Houston, Hotel ICON caters to a trendy crowd with its ornamental Baroque decor. Its rooms combine modern amenities such as whirlpool baths with decadent lounges. The famed Line & Lariat restaurant on-site attracts foodies from across the city.

220 Main Street
TX 77002
+1 713 224 4266

Hotel Granduca

Entering the Hotel Granduca is like stepping back in time into a Tuscan villa. Located in the Uptown/Galleria district, all 122 luxurious rooms and suites are classically decorated, while the acclaimed Ristorante Cavour, specialising in northern Italian cuisine, brings a dash of traditional Europe to the Lone Star State.

1080 Uptown Park Boulevard
TX 77056
+1 713 418 1000

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

When you want to blow the budget on a luxury hotel in Houston, check in to the Four Seasons. Located in the heart of the city’s thriving business district, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself, whether that’s indulging in Italian cuisine at Quattro or getting pampered in the Clarins Spa.

1300 Lamar Street
TX 77010
+1 713 650 1300

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