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Houston is a city of blue skies and gleaming skyscrapers. There are enough good theatres, museums and restaurants to keep you entertained, plus you can explore the endless Texan landscapes by hire car. Austin,Dallas,Louisiana and New Orleans are all accessible drives away.
If you’re arriving via George Bush Airport then it’s a 20-mile drive into downtown Houston by rental car. You could take a slight detour on the way to visit Old Macdonald’s Farm, a family attraction that includes a swimming pool, petting zoo and mini-train.
You can rent a car from a number of well-known brands, including Budget, Avis and Dollar. Look out for special offers like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
Houston is more than just its gleaming and impressive cotemporary buildings. The historic district is filled with 19th century architecture, the centre point being Market Square Park, a popular gathering place. The theatre district has four main venues, plus various other smaller performance spaces. The Big Bubble at Preston Street Bridge is a quirky family attraction where you can push a mysterious red button to make the waters of the Buffalo Bayou beneath turn into bubbles.
NASA Space Center, a 26-mile drive from Downtown Houston, includes tours, exhibits and attractions. Austin, capital of Texas, has a thriving cultural scene and is a 162-mile drive. Dallas is 239 miles by rental car and you can still spot the occasional cowboy strolling down its many shopping streets.
Houston’s streets are in a grid system, making it relatively easy to find your way around by hire car. The US is right-hand drive, and remember to keep an eye on your mirror as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Texas ones before your visit.
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