The ULTIMATE Texas getaway is up for grabs thanks to United Airlines and Travel Texas, so here are the best ways to start planning how to spend your time in the Bayou City.

When you first think of Houston, the images that probably spring to mind are Texas BBQ, NASA’s Ground Control and the world’s biggest rodeo.

However, if you scratch beneath the surface, you will discover that there is an incredible city just waiting to be explored, with something to offer literally every type of traveller.

If you’re smart, you would have already entered what is possibly the easiest comp ever and are waiting for the call to let you know you’ll be jetting off to Texas with United Airlines to explore everything Houston and San Antonio have to offer.

If y’all haven’t entered, click the link below to go in the running.


While you’re biding your time waiting for that “Congrats, you’ve won” phone call,  here are the best ways to explore H-Town.


The easiest way to get to start your journey to the USA’s fourth-largest city, is to jump aboard a United Airlines Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft which operates daily between Sydney and Houston.

On board, your trip is made all the more comfortable with the choice of United Polaris® business class (with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, Restaurant quality dining and Pyjamas you can keep – Winning), United Economy Plus® (with up to 12.7cm of extra legroom – a must for long flights) and United Economy®.

In addition to this, every seat has access to a power outlet, as well as in-flight WiFi.


After landing, the first thing you’ll want to do is check out the food offerings that Houston has.

Recently named the “newest capital of great food” by Food & Wine, there are over 10,000 restaurants in the city for you to try.

Houston’s diversity comes to life with cuisines from over 71 countries. Imagine –Viet-Cajun crawfish, Korean BBQ, and the trusted favourite, Tex-Mex.

If you don’t know where to start, head over to The Breakfast Klub for their signature Chicken and Waffles (Yum!).

Now that you’ve satisfied your hunger, why not hit the shops and take advantage of the tax-free shopping Houston offers.

With more than a dozen different shopping areas located throughout the city, you’ll be sure to pick up something special to bring home.

If you’re the type of traveller who gets excited at the idea of museums, then Houston needs to go to the top of your “where to visit next” list.

The city is home to over 150 Museums, with 19 of them located in the walkable Museum District neighbourhood.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a room that actually lets you touch what’s on display.

Or head over to the Museum of Fine Art and get inspired by the art displayed from around the world

If you are after a fun and educational experience for the whole family, the Children’s Museum of Houston boats 90,000 square feet of action-packed fun withinteractive and educational exhibits about science, engineering, and technology.

Animal Lovers can visit the Houston Zoo and have a once in a lifetime Sloth Encounter (cuteness overload!).

However, no visit to ‘Space City’ would be complete without popping into the Space Centre Houston (If you’re having trouble finding it, just look for the Space Shuttle parked on top of an aeroplane out front, you can’t miss it).

Once you’re inside, you can see the world’s largest collection of space suits, touch the moon (literally), and visit old mission control (while visiting try your best Apollo 11 movie impression).

Don’t miss the tram tours to see the Saturn V at Rocket Park – and if you plan ahead, you can have lunch with an astronaut at Space Center.

By now you’re thinking “Wow! Houston sounds great! What’s the fastest way I can get there”.

Well, ponder no longer, United Airlines and Travel Texas are running literally the easiest competition at the moment where the winner and a friend will win a holiday to Houston and San Antonio.

Entering is easy, no training modules or sales required. Just fill in your details and tell us 3 things that excite you most about flying to Texas with United Airlines.

In about roughly the same time it would take you to put on your favourite pair of cowboy boots you could be boot-scooting off to Texas with the following prize inclusions.

Prize Inclusions

2 economy round trip tickets from Sydney to Houston and San Antonio, Texas


  • 3 nights stay in Hilton Americas (dates subject to availability)
  • $200 AMEX Gift Card
  • 2 x Houston Brew Passes (1 day)
  • 2 x Houston Museum Passes (3 days)


  • 4 Nights in San Antonio
    • 2 Nights at the Emily Morgan – A DoubleTree by Hilton
    • 2 Nights at the Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel
  • 2 x Explorer Passes from the Leisure Pass Group
  • Dining Certificate for Two from River Restaurants (Lone Star Café, Michelino’s or Café Ole)
  • 2 x Passes to Natural Bridge Caverns

So…What are you waiting for? Enter now, Partner!



What would you most like to experience in Houston?

Written by Bryce McKeon, a KARRYON contributor