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It’s hard to grasp just how big Houston is until you visit. Home to more than 2 million residents, Houston is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. Geographically, the square footage of the metro area is larger than the state of New Jersey. It’s one of the most diverse major cities in the country with no racial majority and nearly 150 languages spoken. And its $500 billion gross domestic product is higher than that of some European nations.
With hundreds of cultural institutions, historic sites, and entertainment venues, it’s hard to whittle down to a list of just 20 attractions. These spots reflect Houston’s rich cultural diversity and history, and are a sampling of the countless sites and events to visit throughout the year. The following locations were selected based on its popularity among locals and connection to the city. While some are fairly predictable, others might surprise you—just like the city itself.