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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.

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

  • 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.

  • Probably 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.

  • 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 & Mariella Krause

Lonely Planet
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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.

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

By Andy Rhodes

Moon Travel
Released: 2017-12-05
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.

Houston: Then and Now®

By William Dylan Powell

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Houston: Then and Now®
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A host of local landmarks as they once looked alongside the same viewpoint photographed today
In 1836 revolutionaries routed the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto and the nearby town took the name of the battle's victor, General Sam Houston. Since then Houston has become America's fourth largest city, and its magnificent cityscape of concrete, glass, and steel bears little resemblance to traditional Texas imagery. It was an entrepreneurial New York family who first promoted Houston's lush landscape and vast potential in the Northeast and Europe, and the town expanded from a handful of tents into a place of more than 10,000 residents by 1900. Oil was discovered nearby in 1901 and from then on Houston never looked back. Sites include City Hall, Carnegie Library, Houston Courthouse, Merchants and Manufacturers Building, Allen's Landing, Houston Chronicle, Main and Preston, Sam Houston Hotel, USS Texas, San Jacinto Monument, Congress Avenue, Houston Water Works, Hermann Building, Texas Capitol Building, Majestic Metro, Old Cotton Exchange, Gulf Building, Moorish Federal Building, Carter’s Folly, Kress Building, Union Station, Esperson Building, Antioch Church, Houston Light Guard Armory, Magnolia Brewery, Grand Central Station, Rice University, Museum of Fine Arts, Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Warwick Hotel.

Rand McNally Easy To Read: Texas State Map

By Rand McNally

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Rand McNally Easy To Read: Texas State Map
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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
Convenient folded size

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 Arth

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

By A. J. Mistretta

Reedy Press, LLC
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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 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.

Houston: 1860 to 1900 (Images of America)

By Ann Dunphy Becker

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In an area that was little more than a thick forest lining Buffalo Bayou, Houston was founded in 1836 by the Allen brothers and named after the Republic of Texas’s beloved general Sam Houston. By 1860, there were 5,000 residents in Houston, wooden sidewalks, a few shell-paved roads, and five railroads. Out of the mud and mayhem of Houston’s humble frontier beginnings arose men like Thomas W. House, Alexander P. Root, Edward Hopkins Cushing, Thomas Bagby, and William S. Swilley. The sleepy little bayou that wound from Main Street and emptied into Galveston Bay would soon become one of the largest ports in the south. By 1900, the founders’ grandchildren were ready to strike out on their own and would play their part in building a great Texas city, a railroad nexus for the Gulf Coast, and an international port of call.

Houston, Texas Travel Guide - Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights (Illustrated)

By Laura Dawson

Released: 2012-11-15
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Houston, Texas Travel Guide - Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights (Illustrated)
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Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. It is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant mixture of ethnicities and nationalities. Houston is situated on the Gulf Coast of Texas and has the fourth largest port in the United States. Some of the world’s leading medical and research institutions, including the Texas Medical Center and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, are found in the city. Houston is second only to New York in terms of the number of Fortune 500 headquarters.

Introduction to Houston - Culture - Location & Orientation - Climate & When to Visit - Sightseeing Highlights - Galleria Mall - Johnson Space Center - Houston Zoo - Museum District - Asia Society Texas Center - Children’s Museum - Holocaust Museum - Center for Contemporary Craft - Contemporary Arts Museum - Czech Center Museum - Museum of Fine Arts - Health Museum - Center for Photography - Lawndale Art Center - Museum of Natural Science - John C. Freeman Weather Museum - Kemah Boardwalk - Splashtown - Montrose Neighborhood - Downtown Aquarium - Old Town Spring - Recommendations for the Budget Traveler - Places to Stay - Places to Eat - Places to Shop

City Maps Houston Texas, USA

By James McFee

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City Maps Houston Texas, USA
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City Maps Houston Texas, USA is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Houston adventure :)

Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

By Jim Olive

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Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait
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Description: Through his powerful images, photographer Jim Olive captures the culture and vibrancy of this city on the bayou. His unique perspective emphasizes the integration of historic and contemporary Houston. Olive's photos bring the city's grand metropolitan architecture, booming commercial port and oil rigs, and wide variety of community activities to life for the viewer. From grand prix racing, legendary golf courses and Oilers games, to renowned performing arts venues, this delightful photographic portrait depicts the beauty and stature of this fourth largest city in America.

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