The US’ fourth-largest city, Houston, famously home to Nasa’s Mission Control, is also home to an ethnically mixed, welcoming population of more than 2.1 million. Built on the oil industry, the city now has a dynamic arts and museum scene and is fast becoming a top destination for lovers of fine cuisine.
Book a flight to Houston with Qatar Airways and enjoy a heady mix of festivals and pageantry throughout the year, in good ol’ Texas.
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 Houston Zoo and the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts.
If you feel like a leisurely stroll, then head over to 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. 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 nine major performing arts organisations across four different venues.
If you are travelling to Houston in April, make time for the iFest, a multicultural music and arts festival based around markets and international food. There’s also the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Reliant Park, during February and March.
Houston is home to three famous professional sports teams. During summer, you can catch the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball; in the autumn, enjoy American Football with the Houston Texans; and the Houston Rockets, of the NBA, play their games at the Toyota Center during the winter months.
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 Bananas Foster.