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The massive metropolis of Houston is almost
twice the size of the entire state of Rhode Island. Even with this
heavy urban concentration, Houston is green and lush, situated at
the end of a belt of forest coming down from the North and
characterized by marshlands and bayous lined with cypress trees in
the southern reaches.
Houston, named after former Republic of
Texas president Sam Houston, is hot and humid. To make life more
bearable in the close-packed downtown area, much activity has gone
underground. The city centre sports an air-conditioned seven-mile
pedestrian tunnel system full of restaurants and shops. Unlike most
cities, downtown Houston is the hub of residential development, so
it remains busy and bustling long after dark.
Texas' largest city is not generally a
sought after tourist destination, being concerned more with
business than pleasure and leisure. Computer manufacture, gas and
oil, and a huge concentration of medical institutions account for
most of the economic activity.
But all the hard-working citizens have to
play sometimes, and there are some good attractions like excellent
museums, the amazing Astrodome sports pavilion, some wonderful
theatres, and, thanks to the cosmopolitan mix of its residents,
some ethnically diverse cuisine on offer in its many restaurants.
For visitors, the absolute must-see in Houston is the famed Space
Center, mission control for the US space program.
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