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When you have your mind set on something, you go big, which is why you’re heading to the biggest city in Texas (sorry Dallas). And being the Lone Star State’s largest city, you know that this town will take more than a Texas two-step to see and do everything.
Even if this is the land of cowboys and cowgirls, booking a car rental in Houston is the best way to cover what you want during your stay. So, buckle up and let us take you on a tour of Space City (more on that nickname in a bit) and let you know the best way to get a cheap car rental in Houston.
More Than Just an Oil Town
The Final Frontier: Maybe you just picked up your car rental from the Houston airport, but we are asking you to take a different kind of flight—one through the history of NASA’s space program. The Space Center Houston has welcomed over one million people annually since its opening 1992. You can see artifacts from the Apollo program and even hop aboard a replica of a Space shuttle. It seriously is fun for all ages.
The Finer Things: The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH) makes sure this roughneck-built town has a dash of class. Spending a whole day here is pretty easy, as the permanent collection of the museum spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents.
Not enough culture? Then hop into your Houston car rental and head to the theatre district. Here, you’ll discover that Houston is one of the few cites with permanent, professional companies in all major performing arts (opera, ballet, music, and theatre). And while you’re down there, check out the Drive-in at Sawyer Yards where they beam old school flicks onto the buildings and you don’t even have to leave your Houston car rental.
Get Your Grub On: Bayou City (one of many Houston nicknames) takes their eating seriously. So much so that the Washington Post named it one of America’s best food cities. So, hopefully, you opted for the full-size rent-a-car in Houston so you have plenty of room to relax after you hit up chicken and waffles at the Breakfast Klub. But be prepared for a long line and get there early. Hankering for some good southern barbeque? Look no further than Burns Original BBQ for mouth-watering ribs, briskets, and pulled pork.
If you are staying at The Woodlands Resort or picking up your ride from one of the car rentals in the Woodlands, make sure you make a trip to the Fielding’s Wood Grill for possibly the best burger you’ll ever have. Whatever you get, make sure to leave room for a trip to the Fat Cat Creamery for a scoop (or a whole sundae) of their Milk Chocolate Stout ice cream made with Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout beer.
Get Out (Doors): Hustle-town may have a rep for being a concrete jungle, but take a drive in your rent-a-car from Houston and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wilder side of this Texas town. If you want to hit the H2O, several local companies offer fishing expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico. Didn’t bring your sea legs? Just slip on some shoes and hike Sam Houston National Forest, and thanks to the at-sea-level elevation you won’t be huffing and puffing up any steep hills. If you’ve just come from one of the car rentals near Montgomery, take an afternoon to explore the Fernland Historical Park—a living museum where you can get a taste of that frontier life. Or get adventurous and rent a kayak and paddle on down the Buffalo Bayou, where you’ll never be far from the city, but far enough to get a little greenery. Don’t worry about trying to strap a boat to your Houston car rental, as several companies offer kayak rentals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Houston
How to get last-minute hotel deals in Los Angeles?
Although your car rental in Houston is probably pretty comfy, we bet you’d be happier with a stay at one of the many hotels in Houston. And you can get a great rate on an amazing hotels like Marriot Marquis Houston and Holiday Inn Express Houston West. for less than you think. Snagging a last-minute hotel in Houston is easy-peasy when you use the Hotwire Hot Rate. You can save an average of 60% versus booking a listed rate two weeks earlier. So when you’re hunting for cheap hotels in Houston, save a ton and get more than you expected—like a 4-star hotel room at a 2-star price with Hotwire Hot Rates.
Which car rental companies are at the airport (George Bush Intl)?
Once you deboard, you’ll have your pick of plenty of nearby car rentals at George Bush International. You’ll find many of the most popular rental agencies like Budget, Dollar, Hertz car rentals in Houston, and more! Whether you book with Budget car rental of Houston, or Avis car rental in Houston, Texas, you’ll get a great rate, which means you can put more money toward having fun in H-town.
Do you need a rental car in Houston?
Do you need a car when visiting Houston? If you want to get the most out of your vacation in Houston, then it’s best to have your own set of wheels. Houston does have a transit system that includes buses and light rail, but it’s not overly extensive. And while you could lean on ridesharing services, you may find after a day of exploring this big city, that it may have been more affordable to just book a Houston car rental. Unless you are tied to a larger model, you can get a sweet deal on a compact or economy model with the Hotwire Hot Rate. Not only will you save a ton on your car rental in Houston, but you’ll be able to see this amazing city on your own time.
Is it safe to travel to Houston during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?
With recent COVID-19 closures and staggered reopenings, you may be wondering is it safe to travel to Houston. When you’re ready to book a last-minute trip and get a car rental in Houston, review the most up-to-date information on safety measures, closures, and guidance on traveling during COVID.
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