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Houston is a popular business travel destination for the oil and gasoline industry, but that's only half the story. Locals value independence and individuality, and these traits (combined with a lack of zoning laws) have created an imaginative and innovative arts culture. The spirit of originality and exploration has given the city many firsts, like the world's first dome stadium. So head deep into the heart of Texas for a vacation from the ordinary. Art appears in unexpected ways in the city of Houston. A postal worker built the Orange Show Monument, an ode to his favorite fruit, over more than two decades with discarded items like wagon wheels and mannequins. The Beer Can House was created on a whim by a retired upholsterer, and covered in more than 50,000 flattened beer cans shaped into mobiles, fences, windmills, and chimes. Even the city's architecture is tongue in cheek, with the towers in the Medical Center resembling syringes and a skyscraper with a Mayan pyramid on top. The former Republic of Texas' capital city still has a pioneering character. Houstonians, after all, built the world's first dome stadium, the Astrodome, and today, five professional sports teams and the world's largest rodeo continue to entertain locals. Houston visitors can also tour the famous Space Center Houston's Historic Mission Control Center. The Houston Airport System is made up of three airports—George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby, and Ellington Airport—so finding flights to Houston should be an easy task from most cities.

When To Go

With warm temperatures and affordable prices throughout the year, there's never really a wrong time to visit Houston. The most popular times are in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild and the days are bright. Summers can get hot, sending many people to cool off near the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are cooler and bring fewer visitors, except during the holiday season when many people come to shop.

high season: March to May, October to November
low season: July to August, December to January
shoulder season: February, September

Weather Information

Houston experiences a temperate climate year-round, with temperatures rarely passing 100 degrees. Summers get hot, with highs averaging 93 degrees and the heaviest rainfall occurring in June. Winter temperatures drop to an average high of 65 degrees, with the coolest weather in January. Spring and fall see pleasant temperatures and clear days, with highs in the 70s and 80s.

Crowd Information

Houston sees a rise in visitors during sporting events and annual festivals such as the Livestock Show and Rodeo in February and March and the Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving. Suburbs such as Clear Lake and Galveston see more visitors during the summer, when people come to enjoy the seaside. Major cruise lines also depart from Houston, giving a rise in visitors during October through April.

Closure Information

Most hotels are open year-round, but many restaurants and attractions close on national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When to Save

Prices remain fairly standard throughout the year, but some hotels may offer discounts or package deals during major events.

Information provided by the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau