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

  • 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.

  • 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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Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Ryan Ver Berkmoes

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

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!

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)

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)

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

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

By Rand McNally

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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.
The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated, full-color maps
40% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more
Mileage and driving times map
Detailed index
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Coverage Area

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

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston: Including Huntsville and Galveston

By Laurie Roddy

Menasha Ridge Press
Released: 2018-11-13
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston: Including Huntsville and Galveston
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It’s Time to Take a Hike in Texas!

The best way to experience Houston is by hiking it. Explore Buffalo Bayou Park, one of the top urban parks in the country. Nature-watch at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, or challenge yourself with a long hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail. Local author and hiking expert Laurie Roddy has selected the best hikes within a 60-mile radius of the city. This perfect blend of popular trails and hidden gems transports you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body.

With Roddy as your guide, you’ll learn about the area and experience nature through 60 of its best hikes. The author provides expert tips about where to go and what to expect when you get there. Plus, each hike description features key at-a-glance information on distance & configuration, hiking time, difficulty, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility, as well as details about the history and natural history of the area. GPS-based trail maps and elevation profiles, along with clear directions to the trailheads, help to ensure that you always know where you are and where you’re going.

Whether you’re a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from Houston and the surrounding communities.

Folded Map: Houston Street Map

By Rand McNally

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Folded Map: Houston Street Map
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Rand McNally's folded map for Houston is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around this part of 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. The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated
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Easy-to-use legend
Detailed & full street index
Convenient folded size


Coverage Area

Included: Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Hunters Creek Village, Meadows Place, Piney Point Village, Spring Valley, West University Place plus downtown enlargement & vicinity map

Product Details

Measures 9.5" x 4" and folds out to 40" x 28".

Rand McNally Houston regional map, TX (Green Cover)

By Rand McNally and Company

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Rand McNally Houston regional map, TX (Green Cover)
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Regularly updated
Full-color maps
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, downtown & vicinity maps
Major attractions & Golf Courses
Enlargements of Galveston, Houston downtown, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Post Oaks/Galleria Area
Easy-to-use legend
Detailed index & Major Street Index
Convenient folded size
Copyright 2016

Coverage Area

Baytown, Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, La Porte, Lake Jackson, League City, Missouri City, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Texas City

Product Details

Measures 9.5" x 4" and folds out to 40" x 28"

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

By Jennifer A. Emerson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Houston Travel Guide 2019: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas (City Travel Guide 2019)
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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.

Day Trips® from Houston: Getaway Ideas For The Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

By Paris Permenter

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Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Houston. This guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of the Houston metro area. With full trip-planning information, Day Trips from Houston helps make the most of a brief getaway.
  • Packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover not far from Houston, TX
  • Complete with full trip-planning information, including information on where to eat, where to shop, and where to stop along the way.
  • Each itinerary includes its own route map.

Frommer's Texas (Complete Guide)

By Janis Turk

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Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast (Moon Handbooks)

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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.


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