Built on the oil industry and other big business, Houston is known for an individualist attitude that's also made it notably welcoming and surprisingly multicultural.
- File under "to each his own." The Beer Can House was just your average abode until the late John Milkovisch decorated it—inside and out—with roughly 39,000 beer cans.
- Uptown and upwards of 64 feet, the Williams Waterwall is a horseshoe of cascading water that makes a romantic backdrop, especially when illuminated at night.
- If you've been considering being laid to rest in an unorthodox way, visit the National Museum of Funeral History. Perhaps the chicken-shaped coffin will change your mind.