Houston area, United States
Houston Texas: Vacations and Travel Info
Texas, the Lone Star State, is home to Houston, one of the most cosmopolitan, interesting places in the US. This city has excellent weather from March through October, and relatively mild winters. There's a wide variety of attractions, hotels, tours, international cuisine and nightlife to enjoy. For all these reasons your next vacations in Houston are sure to be an unforgettable experience.
The city is located in southeastern Texas, in the flatlands beside the Gulf of Mexico. It is the fourth largest city in the United States, behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In this multicultural metropolis, more than 90 languages are spoken besides English. It is also home to the third largest Hispanic community in the country, and the impressive skyline was voted as the fourth most attractive in the US.
The avant-garde buildings in downtown and the four bayous that flow across the city, provide Houston with a special touch that creates a charming contrast between modernity and nature. It's a city that's full of things to do for the whole family, both during the day and in the evening as well.
A great way to get around the city is on Houston's efficient, modern transportation system, called the METRORail. Houston also has two airports, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which has the most non stop flights to Mexico of any airport in the country, and William P. Hobby Airport.
Important Facts about Houston
Houston is up there with the most important cities in the U.S. This metropolis is home to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) that has the largest concentration of medical and health institutions in the world. In total there are 46 institutions, 13 renowned hospitals, as well as several medical, nursing, and dentistry schools. Another important place is the Johnson Space Center, which is part of NASA and supervises all manned space flights from the United States. The center is also responsible for training America's astronauts.
Houston is also known as the "Energy Capital of the World" because 47% of the regional economy is related to energy. Seventeen of the companies on the Fortune 500 list, and 13 of the 20 natural gas companies in the country, are also here. As a consequence, Houston has become a very important business and financial center.
The city of Houston was founded in the fall of 1836, by the Allen brothers, Augustus Chapman and John Kirby, just a few months after the end of the Texas War of Independence. It was named in honor of General Samuel Houston, hero and winner of the Battle of San Jacinto, a war that resulted in defining the frontiers of the new Republic of Texas.
Since its beginnings, Houston has always indicated that it was going to be one of the great financial and economic cities in the southern United States. In the early 19th century, the growing train industry, the importance of the Port of Houston, and the discovery of oil in 1901, in Spindletop (south of Houston's actual location), brought attention to the city on a national scale and attracted many oil related businesses.
In spite of the Great Depression, of the 1920's and 1930's, Houston continued with its economic, infrastructural, and financial development. During this time many buildings were constructed, the city was connected to the Mississippi River via the Intracoastal Waterway system, and flights to and from Houston, by the now defunct airlines Eastern and Braniff, increased tremendously.
Today, the city of Houston is a large metropolis with more than 2.5 million people. It is an important financial and business center, and home to the prestigious world famous Texas Medical Center and Johnson Space Center, along with the powerful oil companies, The Texas Company and ExxonMobil.
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