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  • Houston is situated near the Gulf of Mexico,

  • on the bayous and shorelines of Galveston Bay.

  • Houston is the most populous city in Texas

  • and one of the largest cities in the USA.

  • Named after the general

  • who led the territory to independence from Mexico in 1836,

  • Houston began life as tiny outpost in America's old west.

  • Just one hundred and twenty-five years later,

  • the city would become the center for exploring a new frontier ~ Space.

  • In fact, the first official words transmitted from the Moon's surface were,

  • "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

  • Yet despite Houston's size and star-bound aspirations,

  • this metropolis remains refreshingly down to Earth.

  • And for a city built on the big-business of energy, shipping and aerospace,

  • it's surprisingly cultural too.

  • Beneath Houston's downtown skyline,

  • the parklands of Discovery Green are filled with striking public art.

  • While nearby, the Museum District is home to 18 cultural, historic,

  • and science museums, all within walking distance of one another.

  • Here you'll find one of the world's great private art collections.

  • The Menil Collection showcases treasures from antiquity

  • through to the works of modern masters like Picasso, Warhol and Rothko.

  • Displayed simply within this Renzo Piano designed gallery,

  • the collection prides itself on being accessible, friendly and free.

  • Nearby, continue your journey through the artistic ages

  • at the Museum of Fine Arts.

  • While just a few blocks away at the Houston Zoo,

  • come face to face with some of Planet Earth's living treasures.

  • Still within the Museum District is historic Hermann Park,

  • home to the soaring Pioneer Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.

  • If Hermann Park is the place Houstonians go to relax,

  • Memorial Park is the place they go to get active, and back to nature.

  • Set within the park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center,

  • over 150 acres of tranquil forest, meadow, and wetlands habitats.

  • Flowing gently through the heart of Houston is Buffalo Bayou.

  • At it's mouth rises the San Jacinto Memorial,

  • marking the site where in just 18 minutes,

  • General Sam Houston's army won the Lone Star State it's independence.

  • Nearby, walk the decks of another reminder of past conflict,

  • Battleship Texas.

  • Commissioned in 1914 and serving through to two World Wars,

  • this much-feared, former flagship of the US Navy

  • now serves a much quieter roll ~ as a museum ship.

  • Houston's most popular ships of all, however, are its spacecraft.

  • Don't miss Space Center Houston,

  • where you'll experience humankind's greatest adventure;

  • from the moon landings, to the International Space Station, and beyond.

  • One of the reasons NASA chose Houston

  • as the center for it's spaceflight activities,

  • is the almost perfect year-round weather.

  • But be prepared, it can get hot on the Gulf Coast.

  • When the temperature rises,

  • cool off at Houston's beaches, water-parks, and old-school fun fairs.

  • Catch the sea breeze at Kemah Boardwalk

  • which serves up the simple pleasures of yesteryear.

  • Or, hurl through time and space at the Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier.

  • Meet Houston's coolest residents at Moody Gardens.

  • This futuristic complex of pyramids houses an aquarium, rainforest,

  • and discovery center, and is a total celebration of our living planet.

  • When the sun starts to set, take a walk by the gulf.

  • Then refuel on some fiery Tex Mex cuisine,

  • before launching into another day in the brightest star in Texas ~ Houston.

Houston is situated near the Gulf of Mexico,

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