Houston, TX

The hardest part about “daytripping” to Houston is choosing what to do.  The “Bayou City” or “Space City” or “Htown” (whatever you want to call it) has a ton of really fun things to do.

More than any other Texas city, Houston breaks itself up into smaller pieces by districts and neighborhoods.  I decided to spend my day in Houston by daytripping to some of my favorites.  Now, I have a ton of them, but I narrowed it down to three.   Here we go!

CHINATOWN – This area boasts one of the largest Asian populations in America, and is much more diverse than just Chinese residents.  I love it because it truly feels like a trip overseas without leaving Texas.  I always like popping into HK Food Market for a shopping experience very different from my normal trips to the store.  The fresh fish counter is something to behold.  This spot is guaranteed to make you hungry, so head on over to HK Dim Sum where you can eat some of the tastiest “dim sum” that I’ve ever had.  It’s basically like a full meal of appetizers.

MUSEUM DISTRICT – With 19 museums, this place is oozing with culture.  The central hub is Hermann Park which is basically Houston’s Central Park.  Folks come out here to picnic, ride pedal boats, see the Japanese Gardens, go to the zoo, and roll down Miller Hill.  If you only have time for one, make it the Houston Museum of Natural Science with incredible exhibits on Paleontology (think dinosaurs with a lot more), Egypt (yes they have mummies), gems, malacoloy, butterflies and tons more.  You could literally make an entire day trip out of this museum.  If art is more your speed, then you shouldn’t miss The Menil Collection, a free museum that is surely one of the best art museums in America.  You can see Picasso, Warhol, McGrit, and many more.

MONTROSE – This is where all the cool kids hang out to eat, shop, drink, and be merry.  The main drag of Westheimer is full of trendy shops for clothing, antiques, and that elusive gift you’ve been looking for for your sister.  The drinks are abundant at places like Hay Merchant and Anvil.  And if you want food, look no further than El Real Tex-Mex, where famed food writer Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Brian Caswell have teamed up to bring you the most authentic Tex-Mex experience you can have in Texas.  Seriously, they’ve done the research and have each recipe nailed down to its most essential form.  Try the cheese enchiladas with an egg, and you’re sure to agree that Tex-Mex is the only way to Mex.  And finally, to wash it down, you need to head to The Chocolate Bar with hundreds of items filled, covered, and dipped in chocolate.