As the fourth most-populous city in the U.S., Houston is buzzing with activities and experiences for everyone. No matter if you are a foodie, a cowboy, a sports-enthusiast, an art-aficionado or just want to soak in the sights and sounds, Space City will keep you entertained.
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WHEN TO GO
Late Feb. – April, Sept. – Nov.: Houston’s weather is generally warm with less humidity during spring and fall; these are also popular seasons for festivals.
May – Aug.: Summer’s heat and humidity can be oppressive in Houston, but with most locals traveling elsewhere for their summer vacation, it’s also possible to score good hotel deals.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. For the latest health safety guidelines, as well as info on what’s currently open, check out the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
Getting Here: Houston is served by two airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and the smaller William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).
Getting Around: Houston is best explored via car (rental, taxi or ride share), as public transportation is spotty. The city’s Metrorail, however, does connect downtown to the Museum District.
Local Lingo: H-Town: Locals’ nickname for Houston. Inside/outside the loop: Refers to being inside or outside the boundaries of Interstate 610. EaDo: East Downtown. Space City: Another nickname for Houston, thanks to the presence of NASA. Dome: Houston’s NRG Astrodome sports stadium.
Must-Have Apps: Uber; Google Maps; RideMETRO
Insider Tips: When summer temps and humidity rise, join local Texans with an escape to nearby Galveston Island, a laid-back Gulf Coast beach town.