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Driving Tips
Hiring a car in Houston is recommended, ...
Buses
The bus service in Houston is operated ...
Light Rail
The Light Rail system was first ...
From the airport
Tourists can take a taxi from George ...
Car for hire
Before hiring a car in Houston, you ...
Taxis
Taxis are plentiful in the Downtown ...
City in a day
Seeing the entire city of Houston in one day is virtually impossible.  However, there are ...
Houston International Jazz Festival
Held annually for three days at the Jones Plaza, the Houston International Jazz Festival attracts ...
International Quilt Festival
The International Quilt Festival is held annually at the George R Brown Convention Center. Hundreds ...
Mayor's Official Holiday Celebration
This event is a celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, which is officially ...
When To Go
In general, anytime is a good time to visit Houston, as festivals and events occur ...

Houston, USA

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Houston Today
Houston is located in the state of Texas and is a bustling city full of arts, entertainment, culture and interesting people.  Celebrities from Houston include Beyonce Knowles, Clay Walker, and ZZ Top. It is home to the Houston Rockets and the historic Galveston neighborhood and has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations and over 90 languages are spoken in the city. It is the fourth largest city in the United States.   Houston is also home to NASA and the Johnson Space Center where astronauts are trained for space missions.

Houston Back Then
Houston was founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in August 1836 by John and Augustus Allen who were real-estate entrepreuners from New York. The city was then named after General Sam Houston, who succesfully led the Texas army against Mexican forces in the Battle of San Jacinto which paved the way for the Republic of Texas to gain its independence from the Mexicans. Sam Houston was later elected president of Texas in September 1836 and on June 5, 1837 James S. Holman became the first mayor of the city. Houston was the capital of the Republic of Texas until1840.   By 1860, Houston beca

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Showcasing a comfortably modern atmosphere, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of the Ho
Inn at The Ballpark Luxury Hotel
The Inn at the Ballpark Luxury Hotel is a baseball themed hotel characterized by American tradition.
Intercontinetal Houston
A combination of cosmopolitan and Texas style, the Intercontinental Houston is a favorite among tour
St. Regis Houston
Located near River Oaks and the Galleria, the St. Regis Houston is known for it’s exceptional care
Hotel Granduca
The Hotel Granduca is located in the Galleria area. It offers 123 rooms that include plasma HDTV, It
Alden Hotel
Located in the business district, the Alden Hotel is characterized by sleek, modern designs.  M

Galleria
The Galleria is one of the country’s largest malls that has stores such as Tiffany and Co., Nordst
Uptown Park
Noted as Houston’s European-style shopping center, Uptown Park has numerous upscale shops, spas, j
Macy's
Located in Downtown, Macy's is a five-storey department store which sells a range of expensive appar
River Oaks Shopping Center
River Oaks Shopping Center has the honour of being called the oldest shopping center in Texas. Built
Centre at Post Oak
This center offers some of the most expensive and upscale shopping options. Great gifts can be found
La Mode Lingerie
This shop offers designer lingerie and brands include Chantelle, La Perla, Hanro and Le Mystere. The

H-E-B Holiday Parade
Since it's inception in 1949, the Houston's Thanksgiving Day H-E-B Holiday Parade draws hundreds of
Bayou City Art Festival
Held in March, the Bayou City Art festival occurs in Memorial park and boasts 300 artists and 19 art
Chevron Houston Marathon
The Chevron Houston Marathon starts off and ends at the George R Brown Convention Center. Almost 600
Art Car Parade
Art Car Parade: Held in May, the Houston Car Parade is a celebration of creativity.  It showcas
International Quilt Festival
The International Quilt Festival is held annually at the George R Brown Convention Center. Hundreds
Houston Greek Festival
The Houston Greek Festival is held in October and is on it’s 43rd year running.  It includes

Estancia Grill
A combination of Italian and tropical architecture, Estancia Grill offers South American and Interna
Al Bashsa Lebanese Cuisine
Al-Basha Lebanese Cuisine offers Lebanese dishes at great prices. Open for lunch and dinner.
La Strada
This Italian restaurant is quite popular with the locals and extremely busy during lunch hours. It s
Armando's
Offering authentic Mexican food, Armando's is back in business in River Oaks after a seven-year hiat
Baich's Bar and Grill
Featuring live jazz, Baich’s Bar and Grill offers American food, with an emphasis on burgers. Rese
Achille's
Achille’s features live music and Italian cuisine, and is open for lunch and dinner. Children’s

Fast Facts
Houston is the Fourth largest city in the United States, and the largest city in the state of Texas.  
Dialing code: International country code: +1 (USA) Area codes: 713, 281, 832   Emergency Numbers: Call 911 for emergencies requiring the police, fire or paramedics. Houston Fire Department        713-884-3144 Houston Police Department    713-222-3131    
Population: 2.2 million people   Racial Distribution:        30.75% White American 24.92% African American 5.19% Asian American 37.43% Hispanic   Time Zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours   Average January temperatures: High: 63 Degrees Fahrenheit Low: 42 Degrees Fahrenheit   Average July temperatures: High: 92 Degrees Fahrenheit Low: 72 Degrees Fahrenheit   Annual rainfall: 38 (884mm) inches per year    
 

 
Health & Safety
Like any other city, crime exists in Houston as well. The crime rate has increased following the influx of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees, ...

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