For the same reasons that make it a top place to live and thrive, The Woodlands stands out as a travel destination by combining the best aspects of business and leisure, natural and urban life in one place. A destination whose offerings and culture rival the nation’s most buzzed about larger cities, The Woodlands is a place designed for great experiences – from beautiful nature to top-tier amenities, globally-ranked venues to hidden gems. Aptly named The Woodlands for its development in and around 28,000 tree-filled acres, The Woodlands is located 28 miles north of Houston and a short drive or flight from many of the large Texas cities people love to escape from for the weekend.

Any time of year, you will find some of the most talked about concerts, performing art shows, festivals and free live music all happening in The Woodlands. Experience a fist-pumping night of live music at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the top-ranked amphitheaters in the world, and host to some of the biggest names in music. Or check out the eclectic nightlife with everything from swanky rooftop bars and wine lounges to cocktail bars and bustling happy hour spots.

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Explore luxury boutique shopping in an open-air, Main Street-style atmosphere at Market Street as well as iconic retailers inside The Woodlands Mall. Named “One of America’s Best shopping Destinations” by Southern Living, The Woodlands has an abundance of luxury brands, high-end department stores, and locally-owned gems paired with a beautiful, walkable destination.

Meander along The Woodlands Waterway where you’ll spot art benches, mosaics, sculptures and murals, all comprising one of the largest collections of public art in Texas, with more than 100 pieces in total. Spend the afternoon wandering through the impressive exhibits by local and international contemporary artists at the Glade Culture Center and Gallery. Enjoy monthly experiences, including artist receptions, live music, wine tastings and multi-course meals curated by local chefs.

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A great place to enjoy all things outdoors, The Woodlands boasts more than 220 miles of hike and bike trails and 150 parks and green spaces. Spend a quiet afternoon on the water with two boathouses offering water recreation rentals. Or check out Texas TreeVentures, a three level aerial adventure course with 70 challenging obstacles. Nearby, the George Mitchell Nature Preserve provides secluded trail loops, lake views, and local wildlife.

Reconnect over a perfectly mixed cocktail and world-class dining at a large selection of restaurants or rest easy at any one of The Woodlands 14 hotels, many with waterfront views and heated pools. Rejuvenating spas, lazy rivers and championship golf courses enhance your stay while the free Town Center Trolley offers easy access to retail, entertainment, restaurants, and hotels around The Woodlands.

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Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find The Woodlands is a destination perfectly tailored for any kind of vacation. Start planning now by requesting your free visitor guide.

Check out www.visitthewoodlands.com for more information.