Houston is spread out. With few exceptions, you’ll need a car if you want complete access to all the city has to offer. Like most major cities, traffic can be pretty bad during rush hour, but if you can time your travel during the off periods, you can make it to just about any part of the metro area fairly quickly. Two things about Houston that make driving a little easier than other large metro areas: 1) the feeder system allows you to quickly u-turn and backtrack if you miss an exit on the freeways, and 2) generally there is more and easier parking than denser cities like LA or Chicago.

Best time to visit is definitely in autumn or spring. Not only is the weather more pleasant, but many of the city’s festivals are held during those parts of the year, including the Art Car Parade (April), the nearby Texas Renaissance Festival (Oct - Nov), and many others.

If you’re going to visit NASA and don’t mind spending a little extra cash, consider taking the Level 9 tour. It is essentially a VIP tour with a smaller group size and greater access to the facilities than what you get on a normal tour. Absolutely worth it if you are a space fan.

As far as food goes, there are lots of great choices. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Indian food: Maharaja Bhog
  • Ramen: Ramen Bar Ichi
  • Tacos: Tacos A Go Go
  • BBQ: Killen’s Barbecue
  • Sandwiches: Hobbit Cafe
  • Tex-Mex: Lopez Mexican Restaurant
  • Pizza: Star Pizza
  • 24 Hour Diner: Dot Coffee Shop
  • Viking: Ship and Shield