Home to a respected and energetic cultural arts scene, celebrated restaurants featuring flavors from around the globe, acclaimed theater groups and the brains behind U.S. space exploration, Houston is a diverse metropolis brimming with personality.

Houston hosts 21,000 concerts, plays, exhibitions and other arts programs annually, giving visitors access to a wide variety of cultural programs. On any given night, it's a safe bet that there's a show somewhere in Houston's Theater District. The 17-block area is home to Houston's resident performance companies including the symphony, opera, drama and ballet. Tucked between the bustling Midtown and Medical Center areas, rests Houston's leafy, park-like Museum District. Nineteen world-class institutions, including the Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are clustered in this area, drawing a reported seven million visitors to the district each year.

Houston's restaurant scene is as ethnically diverse as its 4 million residents. ForbesTraveler.com ranked Houston as one of the best restaurant cities in America. The city is jam-packed with more than 10,000 tempting eateries that feature culinary flavors from more than 35 countries. Houston is also one of the greenest cities in the nation with more than 50,000 acres of total park space, including the recently revitalized 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park on the western edge of Downtown.

The fourth-largest city in the United States is also one of the nation's most culturally-rich centers. In the Museum District alone, you will find 19 renowned institutions all within walking distance of one another.

Come experience a unique and welcoming destination that mixes Texas culture and Southern charm.