Huge chrome rings suspended above each intersection mark the shopping mecca of Houston and southeast Texas. The Galleria houses more than 400 stores and restaurants, including five anchor department stores, two hotels, an ice rink, and three office towers. Where Post Oak curves back toward the Loop, you'll discover Uptown Park, an Italian-inspired shopping villa. Take Westheimer just inside the Loop to Highland Village, a chic one-block stop of shops and eateries. If the weather's nice, head to the 64-foot Waterwall Fountain at Williams Tower behind the Galleria for a picnic or stroll in the shade of 188 heritage live oak trees.
Getting Around Houston
The best way to get around Houston is by car. The city has a $6 flat-rate cab fare anywhere within the Central Business District and also offers The Wave, a Jitney shuttle service that's customizable. The Wave's hours are from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursday and Sunday; 6 p.m.-3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Fares: $5 single route; $8 cross route; $10 single route all-night access; $15 cross route all-night access.
Nearby Airports
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport-IAH
  • William F. Hobby Airport-HOU
Airport Taxis
  • $52-IAH to Downtown
  • $26-HOU to Downtown
Things to Do and See Near Galleria / Uptown