It’s my home state, my background, my culture. Like so many people from Texas, the state’s identity flows through me like the free-flowing Dr Pepper that you find in every fast food chain. My Texas blood is as thick as the fancy ketchup from Whataburger. Most Texans have a lot of pride for their state; …
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Houston Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Houston
The largest city in Texas, everything is bigger in Houston! With loads of great sights, a cool vibe, some excellent art, beautiful parks and cool gay scene, Space City is the place to be. Start here with my basic Houston travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Houston travel blogs.
When to Visit
Two of the best times to visit Houston weather-wise are in early spring and early fall when temperatures are warm but not too high, and you avoid the sometimes oppressive humidity (and crowds!) of summer.
But regardless of when you visit Houston, there’ll always be something cool going on, as it’s pretty much constantly having festivals and public events. Some highlights include the Houston International Independent Film Festival in April, Pride in June and the HUE Mural Festival in October.
Top Things To See
Buffalo Bayou Park – With great views of Houston’s skyline, this 124 acre green space in downtown Houston is great for a leisurely stroll, getting in some exercise or just enjoying the outdoors without having to leave the city.
Menil Collection – This impressive work of architecture houses some incredible art, including a ton of Native American art as well as a permanent collection featuring great works from Picasso, Kandinsky and Warhol. It also has a beautiful restaurant and café on site, the Bistro Menil, that’s worth visiting in its own right.
Rothko Chapel – Actually inside the Menil Collection, this is a place for the contemplation of art and oriented toward peace and spirituality. One of my favorite artists, Cy Twombly, even has his own building with both his paintings and sculptures.
As huge a city as Houston is, taking a tour here makes a lot of sense, and could save you time and money getting you to parts of the city that you might otherwise miss on your own.
LGBTQ – Gay Houston Travel Guide
Houston is a surprisingly gay city! The main gayborhood is Montrose, where Montrose and Westheimer Boulevards intersect, and though there are LGBT-friendly establishments all over town, this is definitely where the highest concentration of them exist. These are a few of the best places you should know in gay Houston.
JR’s Bar & Grill – This huge yet inviting venue is a reliable choice for a good old gay time! Often with live entertainment such as drag shows, it’s decked out in true Southwestern style decor and is always full of beautiful men. The patio is definitely the best part, and the happy hours don’t hurt either.
George: Your Country Sports Bar – Exactly what it sounds like, this place is well run, clean and friendly, attracting a mixed aged crowd and has some fun (otherwise uncommon in most gay bars) activities to indulge in such as darts, pool and even a juke box!
Anvil Bar & Refuge – Located in Montrose, Houston’s hipster and gay-friendly neighborhood, this place serves excellent cocktails. Probably the best in Houston!
More gay travel resources here.
Houston Hotel Deals
Houston has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance.
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Houston Travel Blogs
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