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Houston is experiencing a tasteful sprawl with new art venues and inviting green spaces.

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By Mary Beth LaRue and Monica Hortobagyi
Photo by Jim Olive/Greater Houston CVB

Houston, Texas — the calf-roping, carnivorous capital of the 50 states. Not quite. This city of more than 2 million Texans is a cultural melting pot as the home of a vibrant arts scene, thriving ethnic neighborhoods, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Opportunities abound for arts connoisseurs and sports enthusiasts alike: Houston is one of a handful of American cities to house professional theater companies for each of the major arts disciplines, and sports fans can rally behind Houston’s professional teams, the Astros, Rockets, and Texans. But before setting out to explore the neighborhoods—Montrose, Uptown, New Chinatown—of America’s fourth largest city, get a glimpse of what Houston has to offer with Traveler’s suggestions for blogs, podcasts, magazines, and maps


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