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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 are some more facts about Houston:
  • 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.

  • Professional sports teams in Houston include the AHL ice hockey team, the Houston Aeros, the American football team, the Houston Texans, the baseball team, the Houston Astros, the basketball team, the Houston Rockets, 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.

  • 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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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

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

By Andy Rhodes

Moon Travel
Released: 2018-10-30
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.

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"

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

By Jennifer A. Emerson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (160 pages)

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.

Houston, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

By Eric Pohl

Twin Lights Publishers
Hardcover (128 pages)

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.

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
Full-color maps
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, schools, shopping malls, downtown & vicinity maps
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".

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

By Laura Dawson

Released: 2012-11-15
Kindle Edition (26 pages)

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


Houston Guidebook 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Entertainment and Nightlife in Houston (City Guidebook 2018)

By Karen L Koontz

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Houston Guidebook 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Entertainment and Nightlife in Houston (City Guidebook 2018)
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Rand McNally Easy To Fold: Houston & Vicinity (Rand McNally Easyfinder)

By Rand McNally

Rand McNally
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Rand McNally Easy To Fold: Houston & Vicinity (Rand McNally Easyfinder)
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The durable and convenient Houston & Vicinity EasyToFold map of the area's highways 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 local 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, parks, and more
Quick-reference legend and city index


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