Millennials have learned to associate Houston with big business and big city living. These may be true, but the city's appeal lies in more than just industry and shiny skyscrapers. It's also home to a flourishing art scene, stunning architecture, good food, and exciting nightlife. Downtown Houston is the developing urban heart of the city. An eclectic mix of old and new-fashioned glamour with vibrant outdoor spaces, Downtown welcomes new businesses and demographics without compromising the Houstonian tradition. Whether you're traveling solo or with family, Downtown Houston is an exciting destination with something for everyone's interests.

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01Visit the Birthplace of Houston

Allen's Landing on Buffalo Bayou is the undisputed birthplace of the city. In 1836, two brothers from New York stepped onto the land and claimed it as their own. The spot eventually became the first port in Houston, and the city developed into one of the most important business centers in the country. These days, Allen's Landing is the focus of a rejuvenation project and renewed cultural interest. A small park dedicated to Houston's founders sits on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, where you can relax on the grass and watch the water flow. A renovated promenade, concrete-paved wharf, and terrace overlooking the bayou beckon visitors to spend time at this secluded and tranquil space.

Allen's Landing in Downtown Houston is the city's birthplace and original port. Subsociety / Getty Images