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Space shuttles aren’t the only thing to take off in Houston. This is a city meant for explorers, adventures, and the ones who say “no thank you” to conventional travel plans. It’s a place where you can rocket yourself as far as space and as deep as hidden art installations below the ground.
Ready to leave the others in the dust? Good. Whether you’re hitting up one of the hotels near Johnson Space Center or somewhere downtown, it’s time to plant your flag in this Texas town.
Uncover the Underground Scene: Literally. Go below the surface to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a former underground drinking water reservoir. The massive space has since turned into a trippy art installation with a 17-second echo. Prefer a more traditional underground scene? Knock twice on the red door for access into Last Concert Café, a quirky space for live jams, or unlock the oddities at Notsouh (but can you guess the bar’s namesake?).
Breakfast of Champions: Expect some funny looks if you’re not shoving breakfast tacos down your gullet every morning. Different day? Different taco joint. Bring those dolla’ bills to Tacos Tierra Caliente, where the breakfast tacos are a $1 a pop, or hit up the drive-thru at El Rey Taqueria, which gets bonus points for letting you order in your PJs. Make your home base one of the hotels in Downtown Houston and map out your taco hop from there.
Burp the Bayou: See that red button at Buffalo Bayou Park? Go on, push it. Just do it! We dare you. Under the Preston Street bridge, there’s an art installation known as the Big Bubble. We can’t tell you where exactly the button is—finding it is half the fun. What is it about mysterious red buttons that make them so irresistible? Find out for yourself and discover what the heck it means to burp the bayou.
Full of Bull: You can’t do Houston right without a rodeo. And the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo isn’t just any ol’ rodeo; it’s the largest rodeo in the world. No bull. It’s three weeks of country music, barbecue contests, livestock shows, and a whole lot of cowboy boots.
It’s hard not to go big in a place like Houston, which means you’re definitely not going home yet. You can choose from hotels near Minute Maid Park—watch for fly balls!—or Houston hotels near the airport. Pick a Hotwire Hot Rate, it’s like clicking your own red button, and you’ll score the biggest last-minute hotel deals in Houston.