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The fourth largest city in the United States of America is Houston, situated in the state of Texas. It has a population of about 2.2 million people, spread across 600 square miles of area. Houston was founded by two brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen who decided to name the city of Houston after Texan general Sam Houston. Houston is the home to the Texas Medical Center-the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions and also to NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Houston Skyline

Houston is considered as a global city and in the whole of the United States this city is second in total cargo tonnage carried. The Houston Museum District attracts more than 7 million visitors every year. It has a vast multicultural population and this makes the city an international one.

Street Map of Houston in Texas

Houston's climate is humid and subtropical. Sometimes the city faces strong tornadoes brought in by thunderstorms. For the rest of the year there are hot winds that blow across the continent from the deserts of Mexico and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. January is the coldest month and winter is moderate over here.

Houston NASAHouston holds the Bayou City Art Festival and this particular festival are considered to be one of the top five art festivals in the United States. The various and diverse cultures of the city are celebrated annually every year. The largest and longest running is the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It is held for over 20 days from late February to early March. Houston Pride Parade is the other huge celebration at the end of June. Other annual events include the Art Car Parade, Houston Greek Festival, the Houston Auto Show and the Houston International Festival.

The space center in Houston is open for public visitation and is therefore, a favorite tourist haunt and here one can find exhibits of a shuttle simulator, moon rocks, and presentations about the history of NASA's manned space flight program. The Theater District is a 17-block area in the center of downtown Houston that is home to the Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plazas, and parks.

Houston TownhallHouston is home to 337 parks including Hermann Park and in here is situated the Houston Zoo. Then there are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Memorial Park, Lake Houston Park, Sesquicentennial Park, Tranquility Park, Discovery Green and Sam Houston Park. Sam Houston Park has re-established and renovated homes which were originally built between the years1823 and 1905.

Other tourist haunts include the Galleria which is Texas's largest shopping mall located in the Uptown District, the Downtown Aquarium, Old Market Square, SplashTown and Sam Houston Race Park. Houston is also a center of sports apart from being a center of the various cultures. The city has teams for nearly every major professional sport. A visit to this beautiful, busy and one the most famous cities is a remarkable experience that visitors cherish as quite a memory.
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