Houston

Chances are when you think of Houston, images of oil, national sporting teams and NASA come to mind. But Houston, Texas' largest city, is a lot more. It's culturally diverse, a center for education, technology and industry, and is rapidly becoming a popular gay and lesbian travel destination. With roots in oil, cattle, shipping, and the Mexican-American war, today's Houston is a myriad of cultures - Southern, Western, Mexican-influenced, and International with its dozens of foreign consulates. With this comes a culinary feast from all around the world, making the dining experience delightful and never boring.

Thanks to its year-round balmy weather, outdoor activities are as popular in November as they are in May, and you'll find numerous bike paths and outdoor parks including the very popular, and sometimes cruisy, Memorial Park. If you're interested in shopping, check out The Galleria on Houston's west side for a major day-long event of browsing, eating and people watching. And don't miss the offerings found in the heart of gay Houston - the Montrose district, where Montrose and Westheimer boulevards come together. Among sidewalk cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and specialty stores - chances are good that you'll find something, or someone, new. When you're ready for nightlife, you'll most likely find yourself back in Montrose, where you can roam between clubs that offer country western, bad boys, light shows, high-octane dancing, leather, lace, or conversation. No one is left out in one of the hottest nightlife scenes around.

Hotels

  • Angeles de Merida B & B
  • 1409 Michigan Street
    Houston, TX 77006
  • Website: www.angelesmerida.com
  • 713 208-2482
  • Courtyard by Marriott Houston Galleria
  • 2900 Sage Road
    Houston, TX 77056
  • Website: www.marriott.com/HOUGC
  • 713-622-3611
  • Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown
  • 1700 Smith Street
    Houston, TX 77002
  • Website: www.cpdowntown.com
  • 800-2-CROWNE
  • Crowne Plaza Houston North Greenspoint
  • 425 North Sam Houston Parkway East
    Houston, TX 77060
  • Website: www.cpnorthhouston.com
  • 800-227-6963
  • Holiday Inn Houston Intercontinental Airport
  • 15222 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77032
  • 281-449-2311
  • Holiday Inn Suites Medical Center
  • 6800 South Main Street
    Houston, TX 77030
  • Website: www.himedcenter.com/
  • 713-528-7444
  • Hotel Derek
  • 2525 West Loop South
    Houston, TX 77027
  • Website: www.hotelderek.com
  • 866-292-4100
  • Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint
  • 255 North Sam Houston Parkway East
    Houston, TX 77060
  • Website: www.marriott.com/HOUGP
  • 281-875-4000

Bars

  • 611 Hyde Park Pub
  • 611 Hyde Park Blvd
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-526-7070
  • Blur Bar
  • 710 Pacific Street
    Houston, TX
  • Website: www.blurbar.com/
  • 713-529-3447
  • Brazos River Bottom
  • 2400 Brazos St.
    Houston, TX 77006
  • Website: www.brbhouston.com
  • 713-528-9192
  • Cousin's
  • 817 Fairview Street
    Houston, TX 77008
  • 713-528-9204
  • Decades
  • 1205 Richmond Avenue
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-521-2224
  • EJ's
  • 2517 Ralph St.
    Houston, TX 77006
  • Website: www.ejsbar.com
  • 713-527-9071
  • George's Your Country Sports Bar
  • 617 Fairview St.
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-528-8102
  • Halo Bar
  • 121 N. Main St.
    Bryan, TX 77803
  • Website: www.halobcs.com
  • 979-823-6174
  • Mary's Lounge
  • 1022 Westheimer Road
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-527-9669
  • Midtowne Spa - Houston
  • 3100 Fannin St.
    Houston, TX 77004
  • Website: www.midtowne.com
  • 713-522-2379
  • Mike's Outpost
  • 1419 Richmond Ave.
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-520-8446
  • Montrose Mining Company
  • 805 Pacific Street
    Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-529-7488

Shops

  • Hollywood Cafe
  • 2409 Grant Street
    Houston, TX
  • 713-523-8855

Attractions

  • Children's Museum of Houston, The
  • 1500 Binz Street, in the Museum District
    Houston, TX
  • Website: www.cmhouston.org
  • 713-522-1138
  • George Ranch Historical Park
  • 10215 FM 762 Road
    Richmond, TX 77469
  • Website: www.georgeranch.org
  • 281-343-0218
  • Houston Downtown Aquarium
  • 410 Bagby Street at Memorial Drive
    Houston, TX
  • Website: www.downtownaquarium.com
  • 713-223-FISH
  • Houston Health Museum, The
  • 1515 Hermann Drive, in the heart of the Museum District
    Houston, TX 77004
  • Website: www.thehealthmuseum.org
  • 713-521-1515
  • Houston Holocaust Museum
  • 5401 Caroline Street
    Houston, TX 77004-6804
  • Website: www.hmh.org
  • 713-942-8000
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • 1 Hermann Circle Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
  • Website: www.hmns.org
  • 713-639-4629
  • Houston Zoo
  • 1513 N. MacGregor
    Houston, TX 77030
  • Website: www.houstonzoo.org
  • 713-533-6500
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1001 Bissonnet Street
    Houston, TX 77005
  • Website: www.mfah.org
  • 713-639-7300
  • Space Center Houston
  • 1601 Nasa Parkway
    Houston, TX 77058
  • Website: www.spacecenter.org
  • 281-244-2100
  • Water Wall
  • 2800 Post Oak Blvd
    Houston, TX 77056
  • 713-850-8841

Events