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As the USA’s fourth biggest city and home to a vibrant and colourful mix of ethnicities, book a flight to Houston with Qatar Airways and experience life in this sprawling melting pot. Built on the oil industry, Houston now has a dynamic arts and museum scene and is fast becoming a top destination for lovers of fine cuisine. Fly to Houston and enjoy a heady mix of festivals and events throughout the year in one of the most exciting cities in the USA.
Pick up a Houston CityPASS for reduced rates and then hit the streets. Attractions covered by the pass include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Downtown Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of Houston and of course Space Center Houston. Don’t forget to also visit the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts and Houston Zoo during your trip to Houston.
If you feel like a leisurely stroll then try visiting the Rice University campus, which is set in woodland and is famous for its public artworks and gorgeous architectural features.
Houston has a lively performing arts culture, and you can see great shows on any evening throughout the year on your trip to Houston. These include everything from community gigs to chamber and symphonic performances. The Alley Theater is a Tony Award-winning venue. Try the Wortham Center and Alley Theater for cutting-edge and experimental performances. In total, the Houston Theater District features 9 major performing arts organizations across 4 different venues.
Festivals in Houston include the iFest in April, a multicultural music and arts festival based around markets and international food. There’s also the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in February and March in Reliant Park, featuring competitions and livestock shows.
Houston is home to 3 major professional sports teams. During summer you can catch the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball while during the fall, enjoy an American Football game while seeing the Houston Texans. The Houston Rockets of the NBA play their games at the Toyota Center during winter.
Houston has a wide range of outstanding options when it comes to dining, with everything from ethnic diners and classic steakhouses to high-end chain restaurants. Montrose and the Washington Corridor are at the cutting edge of the fine dining scene here.
One of the most popular restaurants in Houston serves up Creole specialties such as seafood gumbo and Bananas Foster.
Most of Houston’s bigger malls are located in the Uptown district, and if you’re travelling to Houston primarily for shopping then this is where you should go first. The Houston Galleria is also very popular. This is one of the biggest of its kind in the States and sells everything imaginable.
For a more small-town feel and shopping experience try 19th Street in the Heights. You can pick up fashion items and handicrafts here, and there are lots of designer boutiques for top labels.
Qatar Airways flights to Houston arrive at George Bush International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Houston please check the visa and passport requirements.
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