Welcome to the World Class Region

Everyone's heard the stereotype: it's all cowboys, cactus and cattle. While those Texas roots are strong, Houston will surprise you with everything it has to offer. The ten-county region is the largest city not only in Texas, but the whole Southern United States. Here the grass is green, landscaping is lush and the tree canopy is thick and widespread. It's the perfect mix of Southern greenery and urban sophistication. Known as the Bayou City, the Houston metro area—the sixth largest in the nation—is criss-crossed by a number of bayous, many of them flowing into Buffalo Bayou, the site of the city's birthplace in the downtown area.

Keep Calm in Houston

KEEP CALM IN HOUSTON Amid the hustle and bustle of the fourth largest city in the United States, it can be difficult to escape all the noise. But Houston does have its share of tranquil escapes. Here are a f...

Free Houston

Looking for “cheap and cheerful” fun things to do in this colorful city? Check out these five great spots for free! By Madeleine Munford   1. The Menil Collection 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston...

Shelf Improvement

Book it to These Independent Icons for Classics, New Releases, and More  By Brandon K. Curtis Looking for a new best-seller or an out-of-print edition? Simply longing to wander the stacks? Check out these...