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This is an area of Texas Gulf Coast that approximately 2,100,000 people call home.
You can find this destination some 150 miles from Austin, the state capital of Texas. It's also about 17 miles from Fresno.
One of your guidebook's top tips will no doubt be the Johnson Space Center - NASA. Be sure to allow some time to visit this renowned sight.
Escape the adult world for a while and be transported into a realm of wonder at the Children's Museum of Houston and Splashtown. Want more? Cockrell Butterfly Center and Old MacDonald's Farm will ensure the good times keep on coming.
Gaze on in awe as aquatic critters float through the water at Downtown Aquarium.
Whether you're into majestic mammals or leathery reptiles, the Houston Zoo and the TGR Exotics Wildlife Park have something for all tastes.
The Saint Arnold Brewing Company and the Saint Arnold Brewery offer those of us who enjoy a drink or two an excellent opportunity to experience the different techniques of brewing and what it is that makes the local beers such a joy to drink. Look around where it all happens and enjoy a very refreshing afternoon of sightseeing.
Marvel at the gleaming chrome and paintwork of the finely tuned machines and cheer on the drivers as they hurtle down the track at the Houston Grand Prix.
At the Yepez Vineyard, experts and amateurs alike can learn about the local winemaking techniques and traditions, before sampling a glass or two of the finished product.
Pack a picnic hamper and take some time out in the tranquil surroundings of Memorial Park and Discovery Green. Hermann Park and Houston Arboretum and Nature Center are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Baytown Nature Center are worth dropping in on when you're after more information about Houston.
If the sun is out, the sparkling, placid surface of Kinder Lake is a lovely sight.
On a fine day, Sylvan Beach Park is the ideal place to taste the salty sea air, enjoy long walks and test out the water temperature.
Need some time away from the noise of the city? Head out to Brazos Bend State Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park. Nature-loving visitors will also have an excellent time at Sheldon Lake State Park and Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Grab a friend and explore some of the popular cultural spaces in the area. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the different displays at the Battleship Texas and the Space Center Houston. Equally rewarding are the National Museum of Funeral History and the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.
Examine old watercraft models and salvaged marine artifacts as you cruise through the exhibits at the Houston Maritime Museum.
Enter into the world of science for a couple of hours and make your way to the Houston Natural Science Museum or the Medical Health and Science Museum. Challenge yourself by examining the interesting range of artifacts and models being exhibited. The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land and the Health Museum are also good options to go check out.
Houston is a hive of artistic energy, with galleries and exhibition spaces seemingly tucked around every corner. Soak up the hip atmosphere at the Menil Collection and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. If you can fit them in, the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum and the Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum are also well worth your time.
History comes alive at the Tomball Museum Center and the Pasadena Historical Museum thanks to their wide array of informative exhibits. The Humble Museum and the Heritage Society are also highly esteemed options.
To learn about the area's colorful past, be sure to visit its remaining historical sites. Begin your local history tour at the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas. When it comes to bygone times, there's always something else to know. The Texas Southern University and Old Town Spring are two more insightful places to check out.
The spiritual side of the area can be glimpsed at Lakewood Church and Rothko Chapel. Christ Church Cathedral and Lakewood Church Central Campus are two more popular holy sites.
Houston's most popular sights often overshadow its lesser-known, yet equally fascinating attractions. The Houston Public Library and Traders Village are a couple of worthwhile options. If you can fit it in, also check out the Wortham Center or the Nature Discovery Center.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Humble Civic Center and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Humble Museum. Cypresswood Golf Club and Humble Golf Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Houston Police Department Museum, Houston Grand Prix and Greenspoint Mall. Golf Club of Houston and Humble Civic Center are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is steps away from George R. Brown Convention Center and Toyota Center. Discovery Green and Minute Maid Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Westheimer Rd, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Williams Tower and The Galleria. Uptown Plaza and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Houston Grand Prix, Houston Police Department Museum and Greenspoint Mall. Golf Club of Houston and Humble Civic Center are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Discovery Green. George R. Brown Convention Center and Downtown Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Houston hotel is located in the business district, 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bear Creek Pioneers Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary and Town and Country Village. Katy Mills Mall and Downtown Aquarium are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uptown Plaza and The Galleria. Memorial Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.