Introducing the city

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Gasoline £0.42 | $0.54

One-way ticket £1.01 | $1.30

Beer £2.34 | $3.00

Main Course £10.52 | $13.50

About Houston

The fourth largest city by population in the US with just over two million people, Houston is a thriving multicultural metropolis.

Houston, we have a problem; how can we fit it all in? As well as a large population, this city covers an impressive 650 square miles and as you can imagine, there's plenty of ground to cover. Sure the city is primarily known for its oil and space industries but beyond the riches and Houston's economic power, you'll discover a city that attracts two and a half million foreign tourists every year who come looking for a taste of Texas.

From the Museum of Natural Science to the Museum of Fine Arts, there are an array of top museums to explore. And once you've built up an appetite, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. With cuisine from all over the world and more than 10,000 restaurants, Houston's culinary scene is renowned across the country. Plus this city throws in some great theatre production, a selection of glorious city parks and dynamic shopping too.

While Houston may not be on everyone's list, this Texan city may just be the solution for that stress-free holiday. Well... unless it's the summer; Houston can get ridiculously hot.

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When Should You Visit?

April is a good time to visit when temperatures are warm but never reach the highs of the unbearable summer months.

Houston's climate is classified as humid subtropical. Summers can get extremely warm and sticky with average highs of 35 degrees Celsius in the hottest month of the year (August). Winter has mild to warm weather but can also get a little chilly, particularly in the evenings. In the city's coldest month of the year (January), the average high is 17 degrees Celsius while the average low is a bitter 6 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn are pleasant although late spring and early autumn can feature much of the city's annual rainfall. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons on hot days but rarely last long. Be aware that hurricane season is between June and November.

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Travioor top tips

Rent a Car

Insider Info

  • If you're planning on visiting a number of Houston's attractions, you can save money with a Houston CityPASS from Viator, which gets you entry to five of the city's biggest and best tourist hotspots for a great set price.
  • Don't limit yourself to Downtown Houston. The city is big, wide-spread and easy to navigate. Hire a car to explore more of what it has to offer - just avoid the freeways at peak times.
  • If you're planning on visiting the city's museums, wait until Thursday if possible as many offer free entry for a set amount of time.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.52 | $13.50

3-Course Meal £38.98 | $50.00

Cappuccino £3.01 | $3.86

Beer £2.34 | $3.00

The Scene

As a major US city with vast ethnic diversity, Houston is one of the best places in America to eat. Various areas around the city cater to specific cuisines. For example, head to Chinatown for excellent Chinese and Vietnamese eateries, whereas great Indian food is found in the Mahatma Gandhi District. You'll find a number of excellent Mexican restaurants in Houston too given its close proximity to the border and you can see a Mexican influence in much of the Texan cuisine here. On the whole, Houston is an excellent place to dine out and considered one of the most restaurant-oriented cities in the United States. Yet, don't be put off eating at the gourmet food trucks too. Typical foodie favourites in Houston include barbecued meat, Tex Mex, steak, fried chicken, tacos and ribs.

There is also a diverse nightlife scene in Houston. You'll find a range of bars, clubs and lounges to suit all ages, tastes and budgets which all serve a range of beverages given the ethnic diversity in the city.

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Houston’s Story

In 1836, the Texan army won independence from Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto and it was later that year that Houston was founded after brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen purchased almost 7,000 acres of land. Shortly after, between 1837-1840, Houston served as the capital of the Republic. During the remainder of the 19th century, Houston established itself as a major cotton export thanks to a newly built railroad, and went on to be a great commercial and railroad hub.

The early 20th century saw more developments in Houston and a spike in population, becoming Texas' most populated city by 1930. World War II then brought more people to the city as they came to build ships due to the founding of The Brown Shipbuilding Company, although after the war the city's economy went back to being primarily port-driven. However, soon after (when air-conditioning arrived in 1950), many companies sought to relocate to Houston as the wages were high. This kick-started a boom in the economy's energy sector with the city able to supply large amounts of gas and oil. Houston then went on to become a leader in the aerospace industry too, prompted by the opening of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in 1961.

Today, Houston is now the fourth most populated city in the US and is regarded as the world leader of the oil and gas industry. It's also home to the Johnson Space Center and NASA's largest research and development facility, placing it at the forefront of the aerospace industry.



It's said that there are almost 150 languages spoken in Houston at home with over a third of residents over five speaking at least one language other than English, highlighting the diversity in the city. English is the official language here and you'll get by fine if that's the only language you speak. There are also many people who speak Spanish given Texas' close proximity to the Mexican border and the city's history. So perhaps you could touch up on your Spanish to communicate with some Spanish-speaking residents. Here are some useful examples:

  • Hello: Hola
  • Thank you: Gracias
  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Disculpe
  • Do you speak English?: Habla usted Inglés?

Need to know

+1 281 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • The two main airports are George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
  • Most people tip between 15-20% in restaurants.
  • Bare in mind that summers are incredibly hot and humid.
  • There is a fairly high crime rate here but most tourists are fine if they use common sense, avoid isolated places late at night and keep valuables close.


Find out about the visa requirements for the US here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Bat Bridge

For an incredible sight, visit the Waugh Drive Bridge Bat Colony and watch the bats emerge after dusk.

2. Hindu Temple

One of the lesser known attractions, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a stunning piece of architecture.

3. Kingspoint Mullet

View creative and artistic graffiti murals in an area known as the Kingspoint Mullet.

4. Beer Can House

This folk art house is decorated with thousands of beer cans and bottles, creating a unique viewing experience for visitors.

5. Abandoned Palace

In the middle of a neighbourhood at Ashford Point, you'll find one of the city's hidden gems - the abondoned Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace.

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