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Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth-largest in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2.1 million people. The entire metropolitan area has a population of over six million. Houston is a global, diverse city. The metropolitan area is home to an estimated 1.1 million residents who were born outside the United States, with nearly two-thirds from Mexico. The city is a leader in the energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, health care and oilfield equipment sectors. No other place in the U.S., except New York City, is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. Houston has also become quite a tourist attraction, home to many museums, festivals, five-star restaurants and upscale shopping. More than seven million visitors per year visit Houston's Museum District, and the city has an active performing arts scene in the theater district. A few of the museums include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Holocaust Museum. The largest and longest-running annual livestock show and rodeo is held in Houston over 20 days from late February to early March. Other special events in the city include the annual Houston Pride Parade, the Houston Greek Festival, the Houston Auto Show, and the Bayou City Art Festival, which is one of the top five art festivals in the United States. Houston is also home to a Chinatown district and the Mahatma Gandhi District, and over 300 city parks. Hermann Park includes the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Of the ten largest U.S. cities, Houston has the most total area of parks and green space. The city of Houston is also nicknamed "Space City" because it's the location of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

Surrounding areas: Seabrook, Texas (25.5 mi), Kemah, Texas (26.6 mi), The Woodlands, Texas (28.0 mi), Conroe, Texas (38.2 mi)

Houston Vacation Rentals

Houston Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Adam' s Mark Hotel Houston2900 Briar Park DrHouston, TX (713) 978-7400
Alden - Houston1117 Prairie StHouston, TX (832) 200-8800
Allen Park Inn2121 Allen PkwyHouston, TX (713) 521-9321
Americas Best Value Inn Platinum11011 North FwyHouston, TX (281) 445-2444
Amerihost Inn & Suites Houston15385 Katy FwyHouston, TX (281) 398-6500
Amerisuites Houston Greenpoint300 Ronan Park PlHouston, TX (281) 820-6060
Baymont Inn & Suites11130 NW FwyHouston, TX (800) 428-3438
Baymont Inn & Suites828 Mercury DrHouston, TX (713) 673-4200
Baymont Inn & Suites-houston SW6790 SW FwyHouston, TX (713) 784-3838
Baymont Inn Houston North17111 N Fwy 45Houston, TX (281) 444-7500
Best Western Downtown Inn & Suites915 West DallasHouston, TX (713) 571-7733
Best Western Executive Suites Hotel4434 FM1960 WestHouston, TX (281) 866-0500
Best Western Fountainview6229 Richmond AveHouston, TX (713) 783-8388
Best Western Heritage Inn10521 East FwyHouston, TX (800) 528-1234
Best Western Inn & Suites Northwest11611 NW FwyHouston, TX (731) 290-1400
Best Western Inn & Suites10155 North FwyHouston, TX (281) 447-4748
Best Western Inn8600 Gulf FwyHouston, TX (713) 910-8600
Best Western Park Place Suites1400 Old Spanish TrailHouston, TX (713) 796-1000
Best Western Sam Houston Inn & Suites8049 N Sam Houston Parkway WHouston, TX (281) 970-7777
Best Western Westchase Mini-suites2950 W Sam Houston Pkwy SHouston, TX (713) 782-1515
Best Western Windsor Suites13371 FM 1960 West/Hwy 6Houston, TX (281) 807-4007
Bradford Homesuites - Houston Galleria3440 Sage RdHouston, TX (888) 486-7829
Bradford Homesuites15405 Katy FwyHouston, TX (281) 646-9990
Brentwood Inn1300 Nasa PkwyHouston, TX (281) 333-2500
Candlewood Suites Houston By The Galleria4900 Loop Central DrHouston, TX (713) 839-9411
Candlewood Suites Houston Clear Lake2737 Bay Area BlvdHouston, TX (281) 461-3060
Candlewood Suites Town & Country10503 Town & Country WayHouston, TX (713) 464-2677
Candlewood Suites4033 W Sam Houston Pkwy SHouston, TX (713) 780-7881
Clarion Inn Houston500 N Sam Houston PkwyHouston, TX (281) 931-0101
Club Quarters720 Fannin StreeetHouston, TX (713) 224-6400
Colorado Club Apartments794 NormandyHouston, TX (713) 453-3344
Comfort Inn 290/NW-Houston7887 W Tidwell RdHouston, TX (713) 690-1493
Comfort Inn Greenspoint12701 North FwyHouston, TX (281) 875-2000
Comfort Inn Hobby Airport9000 Airport BlvdHouston, TX (713) 943-0035
Comfort Inn9041 Westheimer RdHouston, TX (713) 783-1400
Comfort Inn715 SR 6 EHouston, TX (281) 493-0444
Comfort Inn5820 Katy FwyHouston, TX (713) 869-9211
Comfort Inn-Brook Hollow4760 Sherwood LnHouston, TX (713) 686-5525
Comfort Inn-e Houston1016 Maxey RdHouston, TX (713) 455-8888
Comfort Suites Clay Road11440 Clay RdHouston, TX (832) 467-1200

Houston Weather & Climate

Southeastern Texas climate is classified as humid subtropical. Summer are very hot. An average of 99 days per year reach above 90 degrees F. High humidity causes the heat index to rise even higher. Winds are often light in the summer and offer little relief from the heat. This region is often called "the most air-conditioned place on earth." Spring super cell thunderstorms sometimes bring tornadoes to the area, although it's not officially part of "Tornado Alley." Winters in southeastern Texas are mild. Snowfall is rare. The average high in January, which is the coldest month, is 63 degrees F. Average annual rainfall in this area is 50 inches. Storms dump large amounts of rain causing flash floods. Prevailing winds are from the south and southeast during most of the year, bringing heat from the deserts.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 63°F 45°F 4.36 in. -
February 67°F 48°F 3.13 in. -
March 73°F 54°F 3.86 in. -
April 79°F 60°F 3.59 in. -
May 85°F 68°F 5.61 in. -
June 91°F 73°F 6.25 in. -
July 93°F 75°F 3.58 in. -
August 93°F 75°F 4.50 in. -
September 89°F 71°F 5.86 in. -
October 82°F 62°F 3.96 in. -
November 72°F 53°F 4.81 in. -
December 65°F 46°F 3.83 in. -

Houston Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the William P Hobby airport (HOU) located about 10 miles southeast of Houston, the George Bush Intcntl Houston airport (IAH) located approximately 15 miles north of Houston, Ellington Field (EFD) located roughly 17 miles southeast of Houston, and finally the Sugar Land Regional airport (SGR) located around 19 miles southwest of Houston.

Houston Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags AstroWorldHoustonTX 
Stewart Beach ParkGalvestonTX47.5 mi.
Water Parks
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX22.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Bear Creek Golf WorldHoustonTX 
Brock Park Municipal Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Classic 3 Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Clear Creek Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Clear Lake Golf ClubHoustonTX 
Glenbrook Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Gus Wortham Park Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Hermann Park Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Houston Hills Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Houston National Golf ClubHoustonTX 
Jersey Meadow Golf ComplexHoustonTX 
Melrose Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Memorial Park Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Mulligans GolfHoustonTX 
Pasadena Municipal Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Pine Crest Golf ClubHoustonTX 
Sharpstown Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Texaco Country ClubHoustonTX 
Texas Par Golf AcademyHoustonTX 
Wildcat Golf ClubHoustonTX 
World Houston Golf CourseHoustonTX 
Lakeside Country ClubEastlandTX11.6 mi.
Lakeside Country ClubEnnisTX11.6 mi.
San Jacinto College Golf CoursePasadenaTX12.1 mi.
Eldorado Golf ClubEldoradoTX13.4 mi.
Sienna Plantation Golf ClubMissouri CityTX13.8 mi.
Southwyck Golf ClubPearlandTX15.4 mi.
Battleground at Deer ParkDeer ParkTX16.4 mi.
River Terrace Golf CourseChannelviewTX16.4 mi.
Tejas Golf CourseStephenvilleTX16.4 mi.
State Parks
San Jacinto State ParkTX18.3 mi. 
Houston Maritime MuseumHoustonTX(Multidisciplinary)
Menil CollectionHoustonTX(Multidisciplinary)
Houston Museum of Natural ScienceHoustonTX(Science)
Museum of Health and Medical ScienceHoustonTX(Science)
Museum of Printing HistoryHoustonTX(Technology)
Contemporary Arts MuseumHoustonTX(Art)
Museum of Fine ArtsHoustonTX(Art)
Rice University Art GalleryHoustonTX(Art)
Fort Bend Museum AssociationRichmondTX25.9 mi.(History)
George Ranch Historical ParkRichmondTX25.9 mi.(History)
Woodlands Science and Art CenterThe WoodlandsTX28.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Texas Seaport MuseumGalvestonTX47.5 mi.(History)
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & MuseumGalvestonTX47.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX 
Rainforest at Moody GardensGalvestonTX47.5 mi.
Ellen Trout ZooLufkinTX115.6 mi.
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX118.0 mi.

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