Destination guide

Harris County, a gateway to Space City

Anchored by the city of Houston, Harris County knows a thing or two about Texas pride. Whether you want to discover iconic NASA space missions, devour smoky BBQ or boot-scoot the night away at a saloon, Harris County vacation rentals provide an ideal setting for discovering this slice of the Lone Star State. There are also plenty of local gems to discover, from oceanfront resorts on Galveston Bay to a flourishing urban craft beer scene.

Things to do

Take off at NASA's Space Center in Harris County

Located in Clear Lake, NASA's Space Center Houston is one of America's signature attractions. It unlocks access to interactive exhibits, astronaut training experiences, space shuttle simulators and, of course, the iconic Mission Control complex. With Harris County vacation rentals, you can stay local, with luxury waterfront homes just minutes from the Space Center. In Houston, art lovers will swoon over the Menil Collection. The private collection is utterly unique, showcasing everything from contemporary art and surrealist sculpture to Byzantine artifacts. Wind up a day of gallery hopping with happy hour drinks at one of the city's craft breweries or distilleries.


Neighborhood hopping in Harris County

Home to over 2 million people, Houston is the beating heart of Harris County. It's worth spending a few days getting to know its charismatic neighborhoods. The Theater District is known for glittering bars and heritage playhouses, while the Historic District cradles tree-lined streets, Queen Anne architecture and upscale restaurants. Don't worry, cowboy hats and stone-washed jeans are completely acceptable at even at the swankiest restaurants. Venture out of town and Harris County is full of surprises. Known for its colorful boardwalk and upbeat waterfront dining scene, Kemah is a favorite with sun-loving families.


Texas sunshine in Harris County

Summers in Houston can get sweltering, with temperatures often climbing into the 90s. This means spring and fall are the best times to visit. Expect clear skies and comfortable temperatures that hover around the 70s and 80s. If you are making the most of the summer break, why not snap up Harris County vacation rentals with private pools? After a day of sightseeing, there's no better way to cool off. Things don't slow down in the winter, when mild temperatures and year-round attractions keep visitors streaming into Harrison County.

Natural features

Discover green space in Harris County

While most of Harris County is occupied by Greater Houston, it doesn't scrimp on green space. With a shimmering lake, towering oak trees and pretty Japanese Garden, Hermann Park is an urban oasis. Buffalo Bayou Park is a great place to stretch your legs, offering kayak tours, bike paths and a string of scenic walks in the Green Tree Nature Area. Kids will love Houston Zoo, a 55-acre sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with elephants, gorillas, sea creatures and more.

Can I find a vacation rental around Harris County?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,053 vacation rentals near Harris County. From 840 Houses to 900 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harris County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Harris County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Harris County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Houston: 2,004 vacation rentals
  • Houston Heights: 658 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 964 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook: 105 vacation rentals
  • Cypress: 1,891 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Harris County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Harris County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Harris County:

  • Houston: 2,004 rentals
  • Seabrook: 105 rentals
  • Cypress: 1,891 rentals
  • Tomball: 230 rentals
  • Humble: 1,226 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Harris County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Harris County are:

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 1,199 vacation rentals
  • William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU): 1,568 vacation rentals
  • Houston, TX (JGP-Greenway Plaza Heliport): 1,608 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Harris County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Harris County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Galleria: 1,375 rentals
  • George R. Brown Convention Center: 1,637 rentals
  • Minute Maid Park: 1,600 rentals
  • Rienzi Mansion: 1,639 rentals
  • NRG Stadium: 1,336 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harris County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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