Even in a state known for big things, Houston is an exceptionally big city. Named after the legendary Sam Houston, this is the fourth largest city in the United States and an amazing place to visit on business or for pleasure. If you are looking for Houston hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, each offering comfortable accommodations and excellent rates. Click on a local area below for Extended Stay Hotels or view all metropolitan Houston hotels.
Second only to New York City for hosting the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, Houston has a strong, diverse economy. Home to major operations of five of the six supermajor energy producers, Houston is considered by some to be the energy capital of the world. As if this international notoriety weren’t enough, Houston is also home to the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions.
Houston has been tied to the American space program from the early days of manned space flight. Opened in 1963, the Johnson Space Center continues today as the nation’s focal point for space exploration. The Center is also a wonderful tourist destination offering museums, movie theaters and even the opportunity to learn what it is like to live in space.
For a somewhat more traditional tourist experience, join the nearly seven million culture-seekers who annually visit Houston’s Museum District. Here you will find the Museum of Fine Arts, featuring classic art, a sculpture garden and the Bayou Bend exhibit of uniquely American art. For the lover of non-traditional art, there is the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. This is not only a fun place to visit, but it also provides free admission.
The Museum District is also home to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Located in Herman Park, this museum has plenty to experience, including a planetarium, IMAX Theater and even a butterfly center. While you are in Herman Park, be sure to stop by the Houston Zoo. With over 4,500 permanent wildlife residents, you are sure to see something new and exciting.
Live performances are so much a part of Houston life that the city has its own Theater District. Here you will find the second largest concentration of theater seats in a downtown area in the country. If you love the classics, attend the Houston Ballet or the Houston Symphony. You can even enjoy Broadway in Houston, with many of your favorite shows and perhaps something new and exciting.
Houston is known for having some unique tourist attractions. For example, you can take a 90-minute boat tour of Houston Harbor, one of the busiest harbors in the world, and see huge supertankers up close. Also unique is the Downtown Aquarium. Part restaurant, part aquarium and part amusement park, this is a great place to spend the day with the family.
The Downtown Aquarium isn’t Houston’s only unusual tourist attraction. With exhibits like the beer can house and car art, The Orange Show is not just the ultimate in artistic self-expression, it is a must-see Houston attraction.
Fans of professional sports will find their favorite sport here in pretty much any season. You can start your year off with Houston Rockets basketball, grab a hot dog at an Astros baseball game and finish the year cheering for the Texans football team at Reliant Stadium.
Houston has no shortage of great places to dine or fun nightlife haunts. Being this close to the Gulf Coast means that finding fresh seafood is not a problem. Restaurants like Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen have been thrilling taste buds in this region for a long time.
Houston’s fabulous nightlife offers all the entertainment most travelers can handle. Whether you are looking for a rollicking cowboy bar, an Irish pub or a nice quiet neighborhood bar, Houston.com is a great resource for your travel planning. For some real Texas hospitality, drop by The Ginger Man, one of what are called American pubs in Texas.
With eight full size municipal courses, Houston is also a great golf city. Called Houston’s best golfing value, Sharpstown Park Golf Course might be a good place to start. You can also find many other enjoyable public and municipal courses from which to choose.
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