9 reasons Houston is America’s coolest city to visit now

Feb 23, 2017

The high-rise, high-energy Texan city has plenty to offer, from historic taverns to quirky, award-winning restaurants, as well as one of the most dynamic museum districts in the USA.

 1. Charming old taverns

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The oldest haunt in Houston, La Carafe is a beautiful candlelit tavern that has been serving locals for more than 125 years. It is said to have its own phantom pint-puller, Carl. You won’t find any elaborate cocktails on the menu here though: It’s still just wine and beer, settled in cash at the old-fashioned register.

2. Authentic Mexican food


Legend has it that the fajita was invented in Houston, and the Tex-Mex restaurant that came up with the concept is still serving them here today. Original Ninfa’s has been around for so long, its slogan is “The best Mexican food in Texas since Texas was in Mexico”. Its margaritas are world class too.

 3. Space travel begins here


The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston”, so it’s fitting the city is home to one of the finest interstellar museums on the planet. NASA’s Space Center Houston boasts many out-of-this-world attractions, including the new Independence Plaza exhibit – a Boeing 747 plane mounted by a full-sized replica of the space shuttle, Independence.

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