This Texas city ranked one of America’s best for a weekend getaway


A survey published by Hotwire found Houston was one of America’s best cities for weekend trips. (Getty Images)

HOUSTON (KXAN) — A new survey published by Hotwire found plenty to rave about Houston, ranking it one of the nation’s best for a quick weekend trip.

Houston ranked the eighth best metropolitan region nationally for sightseers to visit on a “quickie” trip, defined as a two- to three-day stay. Other top ranks included New York, Philadelphia and Las Vegas.

“Our 2020 index was focused on travelers’ specific preferences caused by the pandemic, with an extra focus on smaller, less crowded destinations that allowed for easier social distancing,” Melissa Postier, Hotwire’s director of brand, PR and social said in a statement to TripSavvy.

Rankings for quickie cities were determined based on factors such as drivability, attractions, restaurants and the number of rainy days per year. On the weather front, historic data from the National Weather Service report an average of 51.84 inches of precipitation annually in the city, compared to a national average of 30.28 inches of precipitation in 2020.

For tourist attractions within the city, top sites include the Space Center Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of African American Culture and the Moody Center for the Arts are all part of the city’s museum district.

Other destinations include the Houston Zoo, Buffalo Bayou Park, Hermann Park and vintage shops along 19th Street in The Heights.

And the metro area isn’t only popular for visitors, but residents as well. As of the 2020 Census, more than 2.3 million people call Houston home, a nearly 10% increase compared to 2010 figures.

The top 10 metropolises were:

  • New York, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Houston, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • Indianapolis, IN

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