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Destination: Houston

The fourth largest city in the US is just a short flight from SAV.


By Addy Codispoti

As the fourth largest city in America and the largest city in the South, Houston is a great place to travel and explore. And now, thanks to Southwest Airlines, it’s even easier to access with a direct flight from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. From a Texas-shaped lazy river, to all things NASA, Houston has it all, and we’ve put together some of the must-sees and dos for your trip.

WHAT TO DO

Space Center Houston
This Smithsonian affiliate is the number one attraction in Houston and a must-do on your next trip. The museum displays over 400 space artifacts, some of which change every season. The most popular attraction is the NASA Tram Tour, which takes guests to the NASA Johnson Space Center to get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration. The entire museum experience is designed for both adults and children to enjoy, making it the perfect attraction for anyone visiting the Space City. $29.95

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas’s oldest craft brewery is a must for all beer lovers. Open seven days a week at the edge of downtown, Saint Arnold features facility tours, a beer hall and a beer garden loved by both tourists and locals. The brewery houses many different beers and styles, 12 of which are made year-round, and seven are seasonal. The menu recently expanded to include pizza and entrees, so make sure you come hungry for good food and even better beer. $$

Miller Outdoor TheATER in Herman Park
This outdoor theater offers an eight-month season of free professional and culturally diverse entertainment. Featured performances include classical music, dance, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films and more. Bring a blanket, chair and some snacks, and enjoy the show from either the covered or hillside seating. The theater invites you to bring your own food and beverages and have a picnic with the show. Free


WHERE TO EAT

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
If you’re on the hunt for quality Tex-Mex, look no further. This famous Tex-Mex eatery is credited with the popularity of fajitas across the country. Originally a taco shop, the business expanded into two locations in Houston and is known for serving “The Best Mexican Food in Texas.” The menu has all the staples: enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and more. Don’t forget to try one of its delicious margaritas as well. $$

Nancy’s Hustle
Good food and a stellar wine bar? Say less. Nancy’s Hustle is a cozy, intimate bistro offering a mix of New American and European dishes. Perfect for a date night or a casual dinner, this neighborhood eatery never disappoints. Its wine and cocktails are carefully selected to pair well with the rich and tasty dishes, such as the signature “Nancy Cakes.” The restaurant recently added an outside patio, perfect for the hot summer months. $$

Taste of Texas
This Houston landmark is mostly known for perfectly aged steaks and an extensive and award-winning wine list. There’s even a butcher shop on site if you want to try and cook your own steak another night. If you’re not a fan of steaks, don’t worry because the salads, chicken dishes and seafood are top-tier as well. Whether you’re celebrating or just looking to splurge on a nice dinner, this family-friendly restaurant will not fail to deliver a memorable experience. $$$


WHERE TO STAY

Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District
If you’re on the hunt for a unique boutique hotel experience, look no further. The hotel’s main attractions are the Concept Suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites. Suites such as the “Houston We Have a Problem” transport guests to another world, while The Magnificent Seven Suites reflect the vibrant soul of the Museum District. Enjoy a drink by the pool from the bar or head inside to the Monarch for a fine dining experience. $210+

Marriott Marquis Houston
Located in the center of downtown Houston, the Marriott Marquis Houston overlooks Discovery Green Park and is minutes away from top sports and concert venues, the Theater District and fabulous restaurants. With six on-site dining options, a spa, infinity pool, and fitness center, you’ll never be bored even if you spend the whole day at the hotel. Make sure you check out the Texas-shaped lazy river on the rooftop. $219+

C. Baldwin
In the heart of Houston’s financial district, C. Baldwin offers stylish decor while still maintaining an element of comfort. Enjoy an incredible dining experience at Rosalie with bold Italian dishes and freshly made pasta led by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino. Work out in the well-equipped fitness center or book one of the 14 corner guest rooms that feature Peloton bikes if you prefer a private workout. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to downtown, making it easy to explore every inch of the city. $189+