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Houston Introduction


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When Houston, Texas, dubbed itself Space City, it was referring to its connection to the stars (via nearby NASA's Johnson Space Center, built in 1961). But the nickname could just as well refer to the enormous amount of earthbound space the town occupies within the city limits, much less the metro area's sprawl. Houston is bigger than the state of New Jersey, so don't plan on seeing it all in one trip.  Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Houston Geography


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Houston is situated on the gulf coastal plains of southeast Texas, about 55 mi/90 km from the Gulf of Mexico and about 120 mi/195 km from the border with Louisiana. The city is connected to Galveston Bay, which opens into the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast by the Ship Channel.  Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Houston History


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Houston was founded in 1836 by two brothers from New York, John and Augustus Allen. For US$1.40 an acre/US$3.46 a hectare, they bought 7,000 acres/3,000 hectares at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River—hence another of the metropolis' nicknames, the Bayou City. Flamboyant promoters, the Allens created a small trading post in spite of mud, mosquitoes, alligators and natives who weren't eager to give up their land. They named the new town after their friend Sam Houston, president of the young Republic of Texas, and boasted it would become the next New Orleans.  Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Houston Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Because Houston's skyline will likely be the first impression you get of the city, downtown is a good place to start your visit. The majority of the city's architectural gems—soaring corporate towers of glass and steel—are there. Witness a downtown renaissance that is bringing sport arenas, entertainment, restaurants, lofts and nightclubs back to that part of town.   Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Houston Nightlife


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Houstonians play as hard as they work. Live music, everything from Texas rock to jazz, is a favorite in this town that gave rise to such legends as ZZ Top, Beyonce and Kirk Whalum. As in any other major metropolis, Houston's trendsetters are fickle, and the "in" dance clubs skyrocket in popularity and fall out of favor just as quickly.  Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Houston Restaurants & Dining


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Houston is easily as cosmopolitan as New York—more than 90 languages are spoken there, and nearly as many cuisines can be sampled at its staggering number of restaurants. Houstonians like to eat out more than any other city in the state. Along with the expected steaks, barbecue and Tex-Mex food, you can find Cajun, Vietnamese, Indonesian, African, Middle Eastern and other ethnic fare. You'll also find Continental dishes and cutting-edge American fusion cuisine. Houston has its collection of long-lived hometown restaurants, but its trendy restaurants tend to have the same lifespan as the fashionable clubs—a restaurant can be the in place to eat for a while, only to give way to another hot venue (and world-class chef).  Click here to see the full Houston travel guide on Travel42 »

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