The largest city in Texas, Houston is known for its oil industry and space explorations. The city’s diverse attractions cater to all tastes and interests.
Public transportation is popular with tourists, but many locals prefer to use cars to get around the city. There are various bus routes and a light rail system that make it easy to get to most of the major places of interest. You’ll need to pay for tickets using the exact change or get a rechargeable Q Card which are available at many supermarkets or the main METRO office in downtown. If you rent a car, the roads are generally easy to navigate, but it’s probably best to avoid the 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m. rush-hour periods. While you’ll probably be able to hail a cab downtown, in other areas, you should call to book a ride or go to a taxi stand.
Your flights to Houston will give you the chance to discover local treasures and experience famous attractions. Soak up the peaceful ambience in Glenwood Cemetery and see graves of several famous names from local history. Visit Westside to see the curious dome-topped structure of the abandoned Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace. Discover the quirky National Museum of Funeral History, see the unusual beer-can-covered home in Rice Military, and enjoy the colorful mosaics and tranquil meditation area in Smither Park.
Houston boasts a wealth of dining hotspots, from cheap and cheerful fast-food joints to lavish gourmet restaurants. Global influences and local flair have created some unique dishes to try when visiting Houston. Savor crawfish and other seafood, dine on Mexican-inspired favorites like tacos and fajitas and enjoy the Eastern European influence at breakfast time with some savory kolaches. Vietnamese fare is abundant in Houston, with the especially popular pho noodle soup and banh mi sandwiches.
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