Houston, Texas, United States

Houston,United States

Houston is a city in the state of Texas with a great cultural wealth and one of the largest medical centers in the world

About Houston, Texas, United States

Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas. The city is located in the southern area of the United States, 261 kilometers (162.2 mi) from Austin, the state capital. It was founded in 1836 by the Allen brothers and was named after General Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas in 1837. Four bayous run across the city: Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Braes Bayou, and Sims Bayou. The coastal region is called Galveston Bay Area and it has beaches and marshes. The Port of Houston is a point of utmost importance for international trade.

Houston houses the Texas Medical Center, a complex with the largest concentration of health and research institutions in the world. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are part of the 47  institutions within this complex with hospitals, specialized centers, and schools of dentistry, nursing, and medicine, among others. All this makes Houston a busy destination for health tourism.

Culture is another pillar of Houston. The Houston Theater District has nine performing arts organizations and six performance halls. The Houston Museum District houses multiple cultural institutions and exhibitions. Some museums that stand out in this area include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Children's Museum of Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Houston Zoo, which offers numerous interactive activities, is also within the Museum District.

Hermann Park is one of the more than 300 parks that exist in Houston, one of the cities with more green areas in the United States. Other parks that you can visit are Terry Hershey, Discovery Green, and Sam Houston, where you can see houses built between 1823 and 1905. The Waterwall at Gerald D Hines Park is a must-see sculptural point of Houston. The George R. Brown Convention Center is also located in this Texan city.

Houston received the nickname of the "Space City" in 1967, as the city houses the NASA Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, a surprising place where you can see interactive exhibitions and moon rocks. It is also possible to get into a space shuttle simulator. For shopping lovers, Houston Galleria, the largest mall in Texas, offers more than 350 shops and there you can make a shopping tour in Macy's®. Other attractions include Old Market Square, Six Flags® SplashTown, and Sam Houston Race Park.

If you visit Houston, watching a game of its home teams in multiple sports can be a great experience. Reliant Park hosts Reliant Stadium, home of the Texans football team; and Reliant Astrodome, featuring the largest dome in history. In the downtown area you can watch a match of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, or the Houston Rockets basketball team at the Toyota Center. One of the annual events in the city that you cannot miss is the Art Car Parade, starred by decorated cars. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest exhibition of livestock and rodeo. This Texan city offers endless lodging options and there are tours that will make you enjoy this destination to its fullest. 

***The official currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar (USD).