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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Houston, Texas:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Houston, Texas
Houston is the largest city in Texas. As of 2005, it had an estimated population of 2,016,582. Furthermore, the city of Houston lies within, and is part of, the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, which is the 6th most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and is home to about 5 million people.

Houston was originally founded in 1836, and incorporated in 1837, by brothers, Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. The city is named after Sam Houston, who, at the time, was the President of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston had previously commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto, in 1836 during the Texas revolution, the battle having taken place 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the East of the city's location.

Attractions in Houston include:
Downtown Houston, Texas:
Downtown Houston, Texas


Houston Facts


Here is some more information about Houston:
  • Of all the cities in the United States, only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than Houston. Some of the major companies with their headquarters in Houston include ConocoPhillips, Continental Airlines, Halliburton, Lyondell Chemical, Marathon Oil and Sysco.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Houston is William Marsh Rice University. William Marsh Rice University is a private comprehensive research university that is particularly known for its strength in applied sciences.

  • Professional sports franchises in Houston include the ice hockey team, the Houston Aeros, the Major League Baseball team, the Houston Astros, the NBA basketball team, the Houston Rockets, the NFL American football team, the Houston Texans, and the soccer team, Houston Dynamo.

  • The principal airport for Houston is George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

  • Houston's nicknames include "Bayou City", "Capital of the Sunbelt", "City of Syrup", "Clutch City", "Golden Buckle on the Sun Belt", "H-Town", "Hustle Town", "Magnolia City", "Oil Capital of the World", "Screwston", "Space City", "Syrup City", "The Big Heart", and "The Energy Capital of the World".

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Books About Houston


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Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Mariella Krause

Lisa Dunford
Paperback (392 pages)

Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)
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#1 best-selling guide to Texas*

Lonely Planet Texas is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feast on BBQ brisket, meet real-live cowboys at the state fair, root for the home team at a college football game and visit (so you'll always remember) the Alamo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Texas and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Texas Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, music, politics, Texas BBQ and cuisine, football, wildlife and more.
  • Over 40 color maps
  • Useful features - including Texas Outdoors, Travel with Children, Eat Like a Local, and Month by Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Austin, San Antonio, the Hill Country, Route 66, Dallas, Houston, the Gulf Coast, Big Bend National Park, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Texas, our most comprehensive guide to Texas, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's USA guide for a comprehensive look at what the country has to offer; or Lonely Planet's Discover USA, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Lisa Dunford, Mariella Krause, and Ryan Ver Berkmoes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

*Best-selling guide to Texas. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA, July 2012 to June 2013.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston: Includes Huntsville, Galveston, and Beaumont

By Laurie Roddy

MENASHA RIDGE PRESS
Paperback (312 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston: Includes Huntsville, Galveston, and Beaumont
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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston uncovers hikes around Houston that previously had gone unnoticed. This is the essential guide to this area, from the Big Thicket of east Texas to the coast of Galveston Island. Explore most of the 138-mile Lone Star Trail with over a dozen hikes breaking up the trail into manageable segments. Hikes lead to old native homesteads, native prairies, deep forests, riparian woodlands, urban byways, wildlife preserves along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, wetlands, and numerous bayous and waterways. Each chapter serves as both a navigational aide and an interpretive guide to familiarize hikers with wondrous destinations in and around The Bayou City.

Houston in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time

By Finest City Guides

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Paperback (56 pages)

Houston in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time
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Houston is the largest city in Texas, and it’s a city that’s calling your name if you’re looking for unique cultural, entertainment, historical and culinary experiences. It offers museums, festivals, restaurants and other sights that celebrate worldwide cultures. Houston in 3 Days is more than a generic itinerary for travelers. It will lead you to the best sights that everyone wants to see, but also to eclectic, out of the way places that you’ll be so happy to have found. Create your own history and experience in the fourth largest city in the United States. Whether you’ve been to Houston before, or are a first-time visitor, this book will lead you on a well-planned journey. Here is a quick preview of what you will learn in this tourist guide: • Helpful information about Houston • Flying into the city • Transportation tips in town • Why Houston is such a vibrant tourist spot and what you will find most remarkable about it • Information on luxury and budget accommodations and what you’ll get for your money • The currency used in Houston • Tourist attractions you should make time to see • Other attractions for entertainment and culture • Events that may be running during your stay • Tips on the best places to eat & drink for all price points, whether you want simple fare, worldwide dishes or Tex-Mex flavor

Houston Travel Guide 2018: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas (City Travel Guide 2018)

By Jennifer A. Emerson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (160 pages)

Houston Travel Guide 2018: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas (City Travel Guide 2018)
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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 2,000 places listed and organized in four groups. "TOP 500 SHOPS" (104 Store Categories), "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (113 Cuisine Types), "TOP 500 ATTRACTIONS" Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Parks, Churches, Botanic Gardens, Cultural Centers, Cinemas, Performing Arts, Art Schools. "TOP 500 NIGHTLIFE SPOTS" Lounges, Bars, Pubs, Gay Bars, Hookah Bars, Latin Bars, Sports Bars, Karaoke, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs, Jazz & Blues, Adult Entertainment and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

Wallpaper* City Guide Houston 2014 (Wallpaper City Guides)

Parsons Jim
Paperback (103 pages)

Wallpaper* City Guide Houston 2014 (Wallpaper City Guides)
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100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By A. J. Mistretta

Mistretta A J
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100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die)
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If you think you know what Houston is all about, think again. Long recognized as a business capital, today the Bayou City is a destination for those seeking unique culinary and cultural experiences. Driven by the most diverse population in the nation, Houston offers restaurants, festivals, museums and more that celebrate cultures from around the world. Far more than your typical travel itinerary, 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die is a definitive guide to the real H-Town experience, from off-the-beaten path attractions like the Orange Show to eclectic eats on Long Point Road. You'll learn about the people and places that have shaped Houston through the decades and create your own experience in the nation's fourth-largest city. Whether you're visiting Houston for the first time, are a new resident or simply want to reengage with the city, this is the book you need for the journey.

Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

By Jim Olive

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Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast (Moon Handbooks)

By Andy Rhodes

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Texas resident Andy Rhodes knows the best ways to experience Space City and the surrounding areas, from catching a performance at The Orange Show Monument to hiking through one of the Piney Woods National Forests. Rhodes includes unique trip ideas like Texas Family Road Trip and Houston's Huge History, as well as information on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a wide range of travel budgets. Complete with details on everything from visiting the NASA Space Center to catching some sun in Corpus Christi, Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Easy To Read: Texas State Map (Rand McNally Easy to Read!)

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Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Texas, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.
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Detailed maps of: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Big Bend National Park, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth & Vicinity, El Paso, Galveston, Houston & Vicinity, Laredo, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Port Arthur

Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Texas is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Rock out, get the blues or chill to country classics in live-music capital, Austin, or appreciate just how big Texas is on a hike at Big Bend National Park; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Texas and begin your journey now!

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  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
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  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, music, lifestyle, culture, football, landscapes, wildlife, Texas BBQ, cuisine
  • Over 42 color maps
  • Covers Austin, San Antonio, Hill Country, Dallas, Panhandle Plains, Houston, East Texas, Gulf Coast, South Texas, Big Bend National Park, West Texas, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Texas, our most comprehensive guide to Texas, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Southwest USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

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