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The easiest way to get around in Houston is by car, thanks to well-laid-out highways and ample, inexpensive parking options. Houston is a sprawling city, and the size of it means that public transit does not touch all parts of Houston. That said, Houston does have a public transport system that covers most of downtown Houston. The public transportation system in Houston consists of bus lines and light rail. Houston also has Taxis, Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft as well as a bike-share system, BCycle.
There’s no shortage of things to do and places to visit in Houston. Some of the top-rated places to visit in Houston are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, NASA Space Center, Downtown Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Houston and the Houston Zoo. For fun activities in Houston try a trip to Kemah Boardwalk, a Segway tour of the Entertainment District or even iFLY Indoor Skydiving. A few unusual things to do in Houston would be to go on Mural Instagram Tour, Brewery Tour, Ghost Tour, and the Underground Tunnel Tour. A Houston CityPASS or a Houston Hop-on Tour is the easiest option to see all the best of Houston with just one ticket.
Often proclaimed the style capital of the South, Houston has distinctive shopping zones that are home to some of the best designer wear, top-end branded stores, and charming vintage shops. The Galleria is home to high-end stores like Gucci, Tiffany, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus but also has trendy boutiques like Tory Burch, Lululemon, and J.Crew. If you are looking for bargains, there’s no place like Harwin Drive. Other must-visit stores and shopping centers/malls in Houston are Kuhl-Linscomb, Uptown Park, River Oaks District, Tootsies, Retropolis, CityCenter, Houston Premium Outlets, The Heights and Rice Village.
Houston is quite a populous city and consequently has a relatively high rate of crime. Tourists would do well to take all the necessary precautions that they would in any city in the world, stay away from areas that are prone to crime, and you should be quite okay in Houston. In Houston, those areas are purported to be the Third Ward, Sunnyside, and the Southwest side. Avoid poorly lit streets and deserted areas, especially if you are alone. Keep your eyes open for scammer and pickpockets, lock your car and don’t leave expensive things visibly lying around.
Houston has plenty of accommodation options for travelers from luxury to budget. Galleria and Uptown Houston offers a central location, exclusivity, great dining options and is considered one of the best areas to stay in Houston. If you are in Houston on business, Downtown Houston is the best area to stay, since most offices are located there. If you are looking for nightlife North of Midtown will be a good choice. The Museum District is where you need to stay if sightseeing is your focus. If you are looking for leisure away from the bustle of the city Northwest Houston is ideal.
With more than 12,000 restaurants to choose from, Houston offers probably the most diverse culinary experience in the country. The Triple Heart Clogger Burger at Hubcap Grill, Brisket at Killen’s Barbecue, Biscuits and Marmalade at Blacksmith, Spicy Fried Chicken at Frenchy’s, Gyro sandwich and French fries at Niko’s, Gateway of India Pizza at Bombay Pizza, Dumplings at Fu Fu Café and Chicken & Waffle Fryders at The Waffle Bus are some of the must-eats while in Houston. Restaurants you need to visit are - Xochi and The Original Ninfa’s for Mexican, Coltivare for Pizza and Italian, Pepper Twins for Chinese, Oporto Fooding House for Portuguese and Theodore Rex and Nobie’s for American food.
If it’s mild weather you are looking for February, March and the fall months, September to November, are ideal for visiting Houston. There are plenty of events and festivals that tourists can enjoy during these months. If you’re looking for the cheapest time to visit November is your best bet.