Houston Skyline © Urban~commonswiki
The massive metropolis of Houston is almost twice the
size of the entire state of Rhode Island. Even with this heavy
urban concentration, Houston is green and lush, situated at the end
of a belt of forest coming down from the North and characterized by
marshlands and bayous lined with cypress trees in the southern
Houston, named after former Republic of Texas
president Sam Houston, is hot and humid. To make life more bearable
in the close-packed downtown area, much activity has gone
underground. The city centre sports an air-conditioned seven-mile
pedestrian tunnel system full of restaurants and shops. Unlike most
cities, downtown Houston is the hub of residential development, so
it remains busy and bustling long after dark.
Texas' largest city is not generally a sought after
tourist destination, being concerned more with business than
pleasure and leisure. Computer manufacture, gas and oil, and a huge
concentration of medical institutions account for most of the
economic activity, but all those hard-working citizens have to play
sometimes, and there are some good attractions like excellent
museums, the amazing Astrodome sports pavilion, some wonderful
theatres, and, thanks to the cosmopolitan mix of its residents,
some ethnically diverse cuisine on offer in its many restaurants.
For visitors, the absolute "must-see" in Houston is the famed Space
Center, mission control for the US space program.