The ‘Bayou City’, as Houston is nicknamed, is the fourth most populous city in the United States.

Founded in 1836 on the Buffalo Bayou river, Houston is these days a vast, vibrant, sprawling metropolis, and offers a huge range of attractions and events throughout the year. World-class museums compete for your attention with food festivals ranging from Creole to crawfish, and markets burgeon with fresh local produce. Modern skyscrapers are punctuated by historic buildings such as the Victorian-inspired Cotton Exchange and the Art Deco JP Morgan Chase Building, and the city’s outskirts are home to the Houston Space Center.

Things to know before you go

  • Houston is home to a number of world-class museums, more than a dozen of which offer free entry, with several others offering free entry on Thursday afternoons.
  • A wide variety of city tours are available, both within the city centre and beyond, covering everything from cultural to culinary interest, architecture to outdoor adventure.
  • Buying a Houston City Pass will save you 50% on admission to some of Houston’s best attractions.

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Rudolf Abraham

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Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. He is the author of eight books and has contributed to many more, and his work is published widely in magazines.