These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities

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World-class museums, edgy puppet theaters and out-of-the-way bookstores: Travel + Leisure readers ranked America’s biggest cities by their cultural street cred.

3. Houston

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This big-business town has always had a soft spot for world-class art: Its oak-tree-lined Museum District has 20 institutions, including the privately assembled Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the non-denominational Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 of the artist’s abstract paintings. And while the city also has excellent performing arts, like the Houston Ballet, some visitors still crave a bit of Texas twang: You can find it at legendary music store Cactus Music, in the Upper Kirby area, which hosts free singer-songwriter shows most Saturdays, and serves locally made St. Arnold’s beer—a category where the city ranked at No. 5. 

These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities

3. Houston

This big-business town has always had a soft spot for world-class art: Its oak-tree-lined Museum District has 20 institutions, including the privately assembled Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the non-denominational Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 of the artist’s abstract paintings. And while the city also has excellent performing arts, like the Houston Ballet, some visitors still crave a bit of Texas twang: You can find it at legendary music store Cactus Music, in the Upper Kirby area, which hosts free singer-songwriter shows most Saturdays, and serves locally made St. Arnold’s beer—a category where the city ranked at No. 5. 

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