Right now, you are pointing to your screen and yelling: "There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to go to Houston. Ever." But do you know what US city built more hotel rooms in 2015 than any other city, after New York? Not Orlando. Not Las Vegas. Freaking Houston. Yes, much of that was because they hosted the Super Bowl this year, but a city doesn’t add two new 1,000-room hotels in a year just for a one-week celebration.
Turns out H-Town is good for something other than business conventions and sprawl: The city just finished a full restoration of Emancipation Park and turned the area around the convention center, dubbed Avenida Houston, into the largest new shopping and dining destination in the country -- and the food scene here is nothing to sneer at. Houston's built three new sports stadiums in the past decade, expanded its already-renowned museum district, and in anticipation of all the hype, put $150 million in upgrades at Hobby Airport.