Houston, TX is the fourth largest city in the United States. Not only its population is sizeable, but its sprawling urban area puts it past that of cities like Los Angeles. As such, even though Houston may not seem like the typical place that would make a prospective tourist's heart beat faster, it is a city that should not be missed on your itinerary if you intend to spend any time down south.
The Downtown area and Museum District are the predominant tourist hotspots. In the former, home to the headquarters of some of the largest energy companies in the world as well as the Astros and Rockets, you get to gawk at skyscrapers, do shopping and enjoy some of the best culinary attractions the city has to offer. An extensive tunnel system connects a lot of the buildings, and these tunnels are also where you will find most of the aforementioned places. Don't omit a visit to the Bayou Place, a huge complex of bars, restaurants and theaters.
More interesting still perhaps is the Museum District, south of the Downtown area. In this green area you will find the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, the Children's Museum and the Houston Zoo, to name but a few. Basically enough to occupy at least 2 full days of your time here.
Outside of town you find the (Johnson) Space Center Houston which requires no further explanation other than to say that it is both an educational and exciting experience. [Review by travelindicator]
- Houston is a city in United States's region of Texas. It has a population of 2,239,559, is situated at an altitude of 49ft and the best airport to fly into is IAH (George Bush Intercontinental, Houston)
- The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
- Note: Houston is a good point of entry for trips to United States as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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This list of 10 things to do in Houston may as well be all you look at if you intend to spend only 1 or 2 days here. The Houston Wikitravel has many subarticles that go into much detail for its different areas, while this piece by the Houston Press gives you another list of the top 10 tourist attractions.
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