Houston (/ˈhjuːstən/) is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America, and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, which is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. of nearly 6 million people. Houston was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou. It was incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837, and named after then-President of the Republic of Texas—former General Sam Houston—who had commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto, which took place 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city's population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions — and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
This colorful and comprehensive tourist guide to Houston makes exploring the tourist attractions of this southern city easy and fun.
- A map with easy access to all major attractions and your current location
- Comprehensive information about every attraction
- More than 210 photos
- Easy access to the web sites of all city attractions
- Exact prices, opening hours, and other practical information