Known as the Lone Star State, Texas is the only state to have flags of 6 different nations fly over it and the nations are Spain, Mexico, France, Republic of Texas, Confederate States and the United States. Texas offers a lot of tourist destinations for visitors from all over the world. Houston is one of these destinations with great food, cheap accommodation, lots of places to visit and smiley people. It is the largest city in Texas and 4th largest city in the United States. Houston, located on the gulf coastal plain in the southeastern of Texas, was founded on August 30, 1836 and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. Houston is famous for its 1901 oil boom, hurricanes, the Space center and NASA’s mission Control
The climate of Houston is quite humid and semitropical with average temperature of 69 degrees around the year. The winters are quite mild but sometimes freezing also occurs. Sometimes, hurricanes also get formed when northern cold fronts collide with Gulf coast weather which causes threat of severe weather. In the last 40 years, Houston has been hit directly by two Hurricanes in 1960 and 1983 but it is totally safe to visit Houston because its probability is very low. The best time to visit Houston is in spring.
How to get here?
George Bush Intercontinental Airport of Houston is nearly 23 miles from the city’s downtown. The airport is a hub for Continental Airlines and receives flights from all major cities and countries. Outside airport you can easily employ shuttles, rental cars and taxis to get to the city center. Metro Rail offers very convenient service in the city between downtown Houston and other places. Metro also offers several types of bus services in Houston.
Accommodation and Food
Houston has a lot of Hotels, resorts, boutique & bed, hostels and apartments around the city. One of the best is South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center which is a lakeside resort offering 250 rooms, swimming pool with swim up bar, fitness center & spa and two golf courses. There are some good hotels in the galleria also with OMNI Hotel at the top. There are other options like Kemah Broadwalk Inn, The Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Houston, Sheraton Houston Brookhollow and Westin Houston Downtown in galleria. There are some B&Bs also like La Maison, Sara’s Inn and Texas Ranch life in the downtown of Houston.
There are more than 8000 restaurants in Houston representing cuisine of more than 35 countries. In 2010, The New York Post named Houston as one of the most satisfying food scenes in the country. There are some meals of Houston that you must try, like, Wings and Waffles of the Breakfast Club, Pansoti of Tony’s, Campechana Extra of Goode Company Seafood and Parillada of Churrascos. Apart from them, there is Frenchy’s Chicken, Fung’s Kitchen, Gatlin’s BBQ, Lanford Grocery and many more places that offer delicious foods of all varieties.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the US offering art collections and exhibitions. The Museum is located in Museum District of Houston and comprises of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, café, library, Movie Theater, two art schools and two gift shops. It was established in 1900 and since then, it has been center of attraction for art lovers of all ages. The Museum remains open all week except Mondays and the entrance fee is $15 per adult person and free for MFAH members.
The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann park of Houston and is home of more than 6,000 animals. The zoo is visited by more than 2 million people every year and a lot of special private and public events are organized for increasing the awareness of people about animals. You can take the full tour of the zoo in $75 and you will be given behind the scenes peek into the back of house animal areas and a meeting with an expert from the Zoo’s animal care team. Biggest attractions of the zoo are Carruth Natural Encounters, Seal Lions, Cheetah Walk Tour and Tropical Bird House.
The Galleria is the largest shopping center of Texas and more than 25 million visitors come here to get some great shopping experience. It is located in the Uptown District of Houston. Galleria covers a total area of 2.4 million square feet housing 400 stores and restaurants. It has seven parking stations and 13,900 parking spaces in seven garages. It also has a full size ice rink for skating, two tailor shops, 12 beauty salons, a post office, a video arcade and three national and international banks. What more can a tourist ask for?
The Space Center
The Space Center is the official visitor center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) center of human spaceflight activities. A lot of exhibitions, special presentations and hand on activities are done for the visitors that tell the story of NASA’s manned space flight program. You can get a full tour of the Space Center in just $23 and even become a member for $26 only and you can get free admission for an entire year.
The Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium and dining complex, covering an area of six acres and is home of more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. It also has an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, geographic exhibits and shops. The ticket price for adults is just $10 and $2.99 for special entry to Stingray Reef.
From exotic locations to affordable accommodation and delicious food to fine cocktails, Houston has it all. So, just come to Houston and experience the awesomeness of this city.