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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


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  • Perhaps the best known educational institution in Houston is William Marsh Rice University, which is a private comprehensive research university that is particularly known for its strength in applied sciences.

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

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

  • Sports teams in Houston include the American football team, the Houston Texans, the baseball team, the Houston Astros, the ice hockey team, the Houston Aeros, the MLS soccer team, Houston Dynamo, and the NBA basketball team, the Houston Rockets.

  • 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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Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast (Moon Travel Guides)

By Andy Rhodes

Moon Travel
Released: 2018-10-30
Paperback (278 pages)

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Moon Travel Guides: Experience the Life of the City!

Houston is an eclectic epicenter of art, technology, delicious cuisine, and laid-back Southern charm. Discover what makes this city unique with Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast.

What you'll find in Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast:
  • Firsthand perspective and expert insight from Texas resident Andy Rhodes
  • Full-color photos and detailed, easy-to-use maps for navigating independently
  • Strategic, flexible itineraries, including a Family Road Trip and Houston's Huge History
  • Curated tips for art and history buffs, road trippers, foodies, and more
  • Honest advice on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around
  • The top sights and unique ideas for every traveler: Catch some sun in Corpus Christi, or hike through the Piney Woods National Forest. Catch a performance at the Orange Show Monument, or a jam-packed football game with some loyal fans. Sample some of the best barbecue in the South, or explore Houston's plethora of high-end restaurants. Tour the NASA Space Center and world-class museums like the Menil Collection, shop for authentic Texan treats to take home, and find the best spots in town for drinks and dancing
  • Thorough background information on the local culture, climate, and more
With Moon Houston & the Gulf Coast's practical tips, myriad activities, and expert local insight, you can plan your trip your way.

Exploring more of the Lone Star State? Try Moon Texas, Moon Austin, San Antonio & the Hill Country, or Moon Dallas & Fort Worth.

Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Ryan Ver Berkmoes

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-02-15
Paperback (384 pages)

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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!

Inside Lonely Planet's Texas Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • 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.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

By Eric Pohl

Twin Lights Publishers
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From humbled beginnings, the city of Houston was born from the ashes of Texas' new found independence from Mexico. In 1836, Augustus C. and John K. Allen established Houston on Buffalo Bayou. Driven by the railroad and changed forever by the discovery of oil in 1901, the city quickly gained a reputation for rugged individualism and an enduring entrepreneurial spirit. Today, Houston is home to one of the world's largest ports, the Johnson Space Center, and a myriad of Fortune 500 companies. Houston is a city of contrasts where traditions of the past are bridged by the forefront of technology. From the world's largest rodeo to the world's largest medical complex, Houston is a unique global city and cultural melting pot like no other. Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait takes you on a journey of exploration through the heart of Houston with extraordinary imagery and narrative. Photographer Eric Pohl reveals unique perspectives on Houston's grandeur, historic architecture, entertainment venues, landmarks, and cultural celebrations in the shadow of Houston's soaring skyline.

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

By Jennifer A. Emerson

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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.

100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die, 2nd Edition (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By William Dylan Powell

Reedy Press, LLC
Released: 2018-08-15
Paperback (160 pages)

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This isn t a book; it s a lifestyle. And you can be a part of it starting right now. This second edition of 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die lays out all of the cool stuff you could be doing in H-Town today from savoring BBQ at Killen s and catching a Summer Chills showing at the Alley Theatre to upscale shopping at the River Oaks District or maybe catching an old fashioned drive-in movie at the Showboat Drive-In, these are the things you can t do anywhere else. Just pick up a copy of this book and keep it handy. When you feel like spicing up your week, flip to a random section. Shouting Let s Go Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Spending a cozy night at Marfreless. Maybe catching up with a friend over Thursday night happy hour at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Voila: instant plans. How easy is that? Don t be the kind of Houstonian who only goes out when entertaining people from out of town. It s important to go and do cool things for yourself, for no particular reason. And this is your go-to guide.

Houston Travel Guide 2019: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas (City Travel Guide 2019)

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Texas Off the Beaten Path®: Discover Your Fun (Off the Beaten Path Series)

By June Naylor

Glob Pequote Press
Released: 2018-09-01
Paperback (312 pages)

Texas Off the Beaten Path®: Discover Your Fun (Off the Beaten Path Series)
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Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, Texas Off the Beaten Path shows you the Lone Start State with new perspectives on timeless destinations and introduces you to those you never knew existed—from the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits, hidden attractions, unique finds and unusual locales. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.

100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know)

By Jonathan Feigen

Triumph Books
Released: 2018-10-23
Paperback (304 pages)

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Most Rockets fans have attended a game at the Toyota Center, have marveled at Hakeem Olajuwon highlights, and remember exactly where they were when Houston became "Clutch City." But only real fans have sat with the Red Rowdies or know about the good luck ritual that preceded some of the team's top draft selections. Whether you're a die-hard from the Moses Malone era or a more recent supporter of James Harden, 100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true Houston hoops fans. Beat writer Jonathan Feigen has collected every essential piece of Rockets knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

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.

Historical Atlas of Texas

By A. Ray Stephens

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Texas, a land with a unique image, has remained for the most part within the American mainstream. In this historical atlas sixty-four maps, accompanied by brief interpretive essays, illustrate the most significant events and subject areas in Texas history and geography.

Since the arrival of the first Europeans in 1528, six different nations have claimed sovereignty over the Lone Star state’s diverse regions. Readers and scholars at all levels will enjoy learning from this atlas how Texas’s native inhabitants and later arrivals responded to each other and to the state’s varied terrain.



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