Everything is bigger in Texas, and Houston leads that charge; big oil, big trucks and big barbecue flavors rule America’s fourth-largest city.
The best time to visit Houston
As the largest city by population in Texas, there’s always something to do in Houston — it’s just the weather that dictates when you actually want to leave the comfort of the air conditioning. If you aren’t one for the heat, it’s best to avoid Houston in the summer when it is unbearably humid and just as hot.
Spring is a great time to visit the Bayou City. This is the when the weather is mild, the bluebonnets are in full bloom and the rodeos kick off their action-packed season.
By March, the weather is warming up to pleasant temps, making it a great time to experience the outdoor areas that Houston has to offer. Whether you’re running through Memorial Park or soaking up the big city vibe at Discovery Green downtown, the city has a lot of great spots to enjoy before it gets too hot.
What to pack for a trip to Houston
If you want to fit in with the locals, be sure to pack your blue jeans — everyone in Texas wears their Levi’s whether it’s to dinner or to the farm.
The sizzling summers can be brutal; if you insist on braving the boiling Houston sun in July or August, we suggest you pack light, loose-fitting clothing. Of course, a Texas-sized hat wouldn’t hurt.
No matter when you visit, you’ll probably want sunscreen, a swimsuit and a camera to remember it all. And lastly, we have two words for you: cowboy boots. This is Texas, after all.
Should visitors rent a car in Houston?
Unless your plans call for an exclusive stay in Houston’s downtown area, it’s imperative that you rent a car for your visit. Getting to and from the city’s main airports from any point in town requires a lengthy drive.
Outside of downtown, and small strips of walking areas in the Heights and Midtown, the rest of Houston can only be reached via vehicle. Renting a car will ensure that you can get to where you want, when you want, without relying on an expensive cab ride.