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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:
  • Probably the most famous 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.

  • 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 leading companies with their headquarters in Houston include ConocoPhillips, Continental Airlines, Halliburton, Lyondell Chemical, Marathon Oil and Sysco.

  • 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

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.

Rand McNally Houston regional map, TX (Green Cover)

By Rand McNally and Company

Rand Mcnally
Paperback (2 pages)

Rand McNally Houston regional map, TX (Green Cover)
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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
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"

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.

Easy To Fold: Texas

By Rand McNally

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Easy To Fold: Texas
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The durable and convenient Texas EasyToFold state map will take all the wear and tear your journey can dish out. The heavy-duty laminated design allows you to mark your route, make notes, then wipe the surface clean for further use. This is a must-have for navigation whether you're a state resident or just passing through.

Easy to fold means no fumbling
Heavy-duty lamination allows you to write on, wipe off
Durable and tear resistant
Folds to display individual map sections
Full-color maps with enhanced cartography
Clearly indicated highways, county boundaries, points of interest, and more
Quick-reference legend and city index

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.

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

By Jennifer A. Emerson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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.

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.

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  • A History of Houston, Texas
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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.

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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
Convenient folded size


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

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

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Houston Travel Guide 2018: Shop, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife in Houston, Texas (City Travel Guide 2018)
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100 Things Astros Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know)

By Brian McTaggart

Triumph Books
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100 Things Astros Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Houston Astros. Whether you're a die-hard booster from the days of the Colt .45’s or a new supporter of Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve, these are the 100 things all fans need to know and do in their lifetime. It contains every essential piece of Astros 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.


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