Houston Travel Guide

It’s been a few weeks since I got back from Houston and I’ve been going back and forth about making a city guide. After my first trip, I really wanted to, but I felt like I didn’t experience the city enough to write a whole blog post about what to do when you come to the city. Before my second trip I was looking high and low for a Houston travel guide written by a blogger (and not a generic travel guide by the city) and couldn’t find one if my life depended on it. So I said heck with it, I’ll make my own.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are two major airports in Houston – George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. I’ve had great experiences at both and don’t prefer one over the other (they both have the same “amenities”), although Jet Blue typically has some amazing deals into William P. Hobby Airport.

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Even though Houston is a city, it’s not very walkable. If you’re not visiting someone who has a car, I definitely recommend planning on renting a car or relying on Uber.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
800 Sorella Court

A relaxing oasis in the heart of one of Houston’s most popular shopping centers, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is the place to stay if you want to stay in luxury. I stayed at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE during my first stay to Houston and have nothing but amazing words to say about my stay.

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You can read more about my stay at the hotel here.

Hotel ZaZa
5071 Main Street

Situated in the heart of the Museum District and only two minutes from Herman Park, Hotel ZaZa is surrounded by an endless list of places to see, visit, and eat. Known for it’s exquisite guest rooms and suites, pool, bistro and spa onsite. With opulent decor and themed suites, you are sure to have a blast and enjoy your stay at the hotel.

Hotel ICON
220 Main Street

Originally constructed to house the Union National Bank in 1911, was restored in 2004 to what is now known as Hotel ICON. Recently, the hotel underwent a massive renovation to capture the contemporary feel of Houston’s urban atmosphere. The hotel is situated in the heart of the downtown historic district, with access to a handful of Fortune 500 companies.

Hotel Granduca
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard

Located in the Uptown Park area near the Galleria, Hotel Granduca is known for reminding its guests of a private Italian property. It’s onsite restaurant features Northern Italian cuisine and it’s pool and outdoor space is an oasis in the bustling city.

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Airbnb is also a great option when you’re staying in the city, which I recently did and you can read more about it here.

WHAT TO DO

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive

The Houston Zoo is home to 6,000 animals that are visited by two million guests ever year. The zoo is part of Hermann Park, which if you’re staying at Hotel ZaZa is only a quick walk away. After the zoo, head over to Hermann Park to take a walk, catch a show, or just play a game of tag!

EAT

Houston has so many different types of food available and amazing places to eat that will tingle your taste buds, so why not take advantage of it all? Brunch is a real thing in Texas people, a real fun thing.

Greetings From Houston Mural
3601 White Oak Drive

There are so many fun murals in Houston that are every bloggers dream and make for great photo shoots. If you search “Houston murals” on Pinterest, up pop thousands of pins with lists and photos of every mural and piece of street art in the city. Next time you’re in town, be sure to check out my two favorites: the Greetings from Houston mural and Biscuit Paint Wall (1435 Westheimer Road, Houston).

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WEAR + WHERE + WELL has a great round up of all the colorful walls in Houston up on her blog, which you can find here.

NRG Stadium
NRG Parkway

NRG Stadium is a retractable roof stadium shared by the rodeo and NFL – also known as the home of the Houston Texans. Depending on when you are in the city, adding a Texans game to the list of things to do is up there. Grab some tickets, some Texans gear, and head to the stadium for some tailgating and football game. If the Texans aren’t your cup of tea, be sure to visit when the rodeo is there!

WHERE TO EAT

The food in Houston is delicious. Anything you can think of, you can find it somewhere in the city. Drive through margarita place? CHECK. Delicious Mexican food? CHECK. Brunch on brunch, DOUBLE CHECK!

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Revival Market
550 Heights Boulevard

Revival Market serves breakfast, all day breakfast, and a selection of lunch items that will blow your socks off. The iced mocha latte is delicious and you will never eat another regular potato after you have an order of the Revival crispy potatoes.

Urban Eats
3414 Washington Avenue

Whether you’re stopping in for some cheese and crackers for an upcoming party, lunch with your mom, or for a long few hours of studying – Urban Eats has it all. The two floored space includes a cafe and market on the first floor and a restaurant space on the second.

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Molina’s Cantina
4720 Washington Avenue

Molina’s was my first Mexican food experience in Houston, and was well worth the wait. The menu is extensive, so if you’re not a huge fan of Mexican, there are more Americanized items available. The beef fajita quesadilla and house margarita are amazing, and the salsa is to die for!

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The Burger Joint
2703 Montrose Boulevard

Burgers, dogs, fries, and beer – what more could you ask for? The Burger Joint is in downtown Montrose, with lots of photo opportunities and yummy food. I highly suggest trying any of the burgers on the menu and the bacon truffle fries – yum!

Johnny McElroy’s
1223 Waugh Drive

If you’re looking for good outdoor seating and delicious basics – give Johhny McElroy’s a try! The newly customized menu has some great flatbread pizza options, along with a long list of yummy appetizers!

Cristina’s Recommendations:

Benjy’s
2424 Dunstan 5922 Washington Avenue

Niko Niko’s
2520 Montrose Boulevard

Kata Robata
3600 Kirby Drive

The Blue Fish
550 Texas Street

Uchi
904 Westheimer Road

Common Bond (SO good!!!)
1706 Westheimer Road 

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Until next time Houston……

18 Comments

  1. November 2, 2016 / 10:11 AM

    i think the whole state of texas has the best murals. i’ve only been to austin but man they were good. like a bloggers’ dream!

    • November 14, 2016 / 6:31 PM

      I love me a good wall mural!

  2. Sydney
    November 2, 2016 / 10:41 AM

    I’ve driven through Houston before, but still have yet to explore the city! Great recommendations Rach!!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

  3. November 2, 2016 / 4:20 PM

    Ahh this makes me want to visit!! I can’t wait to explore more of the USA 🙂

  4. November 2, 2016 / 4:28 PM

    I love blogging travel guides because they’re so much more personalised and less touristy. It looks so good, I can’t wait to visit next year! xx

    • November 14, 2016 / 6:30 PM

      I agree with you! They’re way better and have more Instagrammable places to visit!

  5. November 2, 2016 / 8:10 PM

    A) I love the Team Riggins shirt (and have it) because, well Friday Night Lights is life and Tim Riggins all day! B) I always try to find blogger travel guides before I go to any city! I feel like they are so much more insightful as to what the city really has to offer versus the info you find on city websites. A girl can only rely on Yelp so much, ya know! C) Have you been to other Texan cities? Which is your favorite?!

    • November 14, 2016 / 6:30 PM

      YES (to A & B!). I’ve only been to Houston thus far, but I have Dallas and Austin on my list!

  6. November 3, 2016 / 9:29 AM

    These pictures are awesome. I’m so glad you had a great time!

  7. November 5, 2016 / 10:16 AM

    Makes me want to go!
    Very insightful, thank you 🙂

  8. November 6, 2016 / 8:35 AM

    Wall murals are the best. I had no idea Houston had any. I’ve never been there! It seems like I’m just always hearing about the ones in LA. I was even surprised that when I moved to the Nashville area, they have quite a few! I’m sensing a trend, and I like this trend. 🙂

    • November 14, 2016 / 6:28 PM

      Wall murals are the best! I need to get to LA so I can check theirs out!

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