Houston, the Bayou City, is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S. The city is sophisticated and modern with a splash of southern hospitality.
The Houston Airport System consists of: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).
Houston is well suited for car travel with major highways and interstates: I10 and I45 and Loop 610, U.S. 59, U.S. 290, U.S.
90, Texas 288, Texas 225, Hardy Toll Road, Sam Houston Tollway and the Grand Parkway (Texas 99) Houston is located near the Gulf of Mexico and is served by the Port of Houston which is a 25 mile long complex. The Houston Theater District has the second largest downtown concentration of theater seats in the U.S. The Theater District is 17 blocks in size and home to six performance halls and nine major performing arts organizations. Family attractions in and around Houston include: Moody Gardens, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Downtown Aquarium, Texas Rock Gym, Houston Zoo, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Buckhorn Ranch Fun, Oil Ranch, Dewbery Farm
and others. A popular attraction for children and adults is the Houston Space Center (Mission Control). Houston has the fourth largest museum district in the U.S. having 18 museums all within walking distance, including:Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, The Cy Twombly Gallery at The Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Rothko Chapel. There are accommodations of every type for every budget: boutique, bed and breakfast, large luxury hotels, family friendly hotels, budget friendly, spa and even ranches just outside of the city.Houston is well know in the south for the large number of and range of restaurants: family friendly, five star, haute cuisine, international, barbeque, down home.
Shopping is the unofficial pastime of Houston and the city is well know as a shopping venue. Some of the more well known shopping areas are: Rice Village, Galleria and many more bargain and upscale shopping centers and malls. Not to be missed is Rice Village or 'The Village' founded in 1930, Houstons oldest and best known shopping area with 300 shops in a 16 block area.