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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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  • Professional sports teams 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.

  • Perhaps the best known 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.

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

  • 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 headquartered in Houston include ConocoPhillips, Continental Airlines, Halliburton, Lyondell Chemical, Marathon Oil and Sysco.

  • 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 Handbooks)

By Andy Rhodes

Brand: Avalon Travel Publishing
Released: 2013-10-22
Paperback (220 pages)

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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.

This is Texas, Y'All!: The Lone Star State from A to Z

By Misha Blaise

Lone Star Books
Hardcover (64 pages)

This is Texas, Y All!: The Lone Star State from A to Z
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This is Texas, Y'All!

written and illustrated by Misha Blaise

A charming gift for proud Texans of all ages

Take a rollicking ride through Texas culture and history with this quirky illustrated guide to all things Texan. Beyond celebration of classic cowboy culture, you will discover:

  • the only Czech word known to all Texas
  • what city outlawed dancing for 52 years
  • the Texas history that underlies the Oscars
  • what automotive culture is called "hip hop on wheels"
  • and what town was named after a famous English novelist

Fascinating factoids paired with whimsical hand-drawn art bring to life the land, food, nature, events, and music that collectively form the unparalleled culture of the Lone Star State. Young and old will enjoy this visual feast almost as much as a plate of barbecue.

100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By A. J. Mistretta

Reedy Press, LLC
Paperback (160 pages)

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 Travel Guide 2017: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas

By Jennifer A. Emerson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (160 pages)

Houston Travel Guide 2017: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas
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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.

Red Map Houston City Travel Guide

By Red Maps

Red Maps
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Red Map Houston City Travel Guide
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From Downtown to Memorial Park and Galleria, the Red Map covers all the important and emerging neighborhoods. There are also zoom-in maps for Downtown, the Museum District and Texas Medical Center, and sections on walking and bike trails, giving an outdoor experience of Houston.
Concise lists of the best shopping, hotels and dining; helpful descriptions of landmarks, museum collections, and integrated metro stops; Red Maps are known for clear and easy to read graphics. Red Maps are Designed and Made in the USA.

Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Mariella Krause

Lonely Planet
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.

This Is Texas: A Children's Classic

By Miroslav Sasek

Released: 2006-02-21
Hardcover (64 pages)

This Is Texas: A Children s Classic
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Following the runaway bestsellers This is New York and This is Paris, Universe is pleased to reissue another title from M. Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series. Like the other Sasek classics, This is Texas is a facsimile edition of his original book that is still timely and current in every way. The stylish, charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, make the book a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember it from their childhood. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than forty years later and, where applicable, facts have been updated for the twenty-first century, appearing on a "This is ... Today" page at the back of each book. In This is Texas, first published in 1967, M. Sasek rides high in the saddle, lassoing all the color and colossal span of Texas as he tours the state from Dallas, Houston, and Austin to the Alamo. From its cattle, coyotes, and cowboys to its oil wells, rodeo and rattlesnakes, everything in the biggest state is bigger than anywhere else.

Moving to Houston: A Guide for Non-Tourists (Guides for Non-Tourists) (Volume 5)

By Kieran Green

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In Moving to Houston: A Guide for Non-Tourists you will find everything you need to know about Houston Texas. This book will take you from a complete tourist to a local in no time. Before you take the large plunge of packing your life possessions together and making a move to a new location, it is important that you really know everything there is to know about your destination.

This is the point of Moving to Houston: A Guide for Non-Tourists Kieran Green has done all of the heavy lifting for you in his moving guide. The book will talk about topics ranging from: property taxes to the flow of wind. Not only will Houston's transportation options be outlined in detail this book will inform you about schooling options as well.

Don't know the best neighborhoods to choose? Well, do not worry because you will learn all the best places to live and you will even find out some of the hidden restaurants in these neighborhoods. Are you a music fan? Well Houston is home to some great festivals and concerts.

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  • A History of Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

By Eric Pohl

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Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait
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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.

The best of Houston, Texas

By Lavon Julian

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The best of Houston, Texas is a collectible book that you can personalize! You will want to keep it forever. Perfect for date night, the family, independent fun, the adventurer, the traveler, or anyone else looking for something to do in Houston, Texas. This little collectible book has some of the best things to do in Houston, Texas!

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