Las Vegas has flashy lights, and New York is New York, but Houston still continues to shine as a top 10 destination for domestic travelers, according to the midyear Hotel Price Index report from

The Bayou City ranks at No. 9 on the list of top U.S. destinations for Americans. Houston ranks ahead of other Texas cities such as San Antonio, which ranked No. 10; Dallas at No. 15; and even Austin, which came in at No. 16.

Other big southern cities New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami all ate Houston’s dust at No. 14, No. 11 and No. 13, respectively.

“Our already strong hotel package will only get stronger in coming years. What’s more, our cultural and culinary scenes continue to dominate, garnering national press and driving more visitors to experience Houston,” Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a statement.

Las Vegas ranked first on the list, followed by New York City, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles to round out the top five. compiles the Index using data from its booking system to determine which destinations are the most popular worldwide. Houston ranked ninth on the domestic travel list in 2012, as well.

Houston not only ranks highly among travelers — it also is one of the top cities where families want to move to permanently.

Sourced From Houston Business Journal