In 1836, two brothers by the name Allen built an anchorage at the riverbed at the river Buffalo Bayou. There was around it a bit more than just desert lands. Today, the fourth largest city in America was built at this same location. Surrounded by freeways, an industrial and financial hub, headquarters of multinationals with branches all around the globe, located half way between two oceans, it is the largest city in Texas, the getaway of the American west. Though in the middle of nothing, there is everything in there. Houston is the example of power and determination of a people who change desert dunes into sky-pointed steel- and aluminum-built cathedrals.
Like all American cities, Houston is also an automobile house. There are virtually no pedestrians, not even on the streets downtown. The red coverings at the Houston Club entrance are somewhat more than decorations, as no one gets there. All Club members get in and out in their cars directly through the garages. The main cultural area of the city is located at a 17-block stretch downtown, known as the Theater District. Houston finds pride in being the second city in the country in terms of demographic concentration of art galleries. The best museums and art galleries are located between Reliant Stadium and downtown. Bayou Place is the main entertainment center, an abandoned stretch downtown, which underwent renovation works and it now houses restaurants, bars, and nightlife houses.
Also downtown, it is fascinating to visit the place known as Downtown Historic District, where old buildings can be seen, some of which dating back to 1850, giving an idea as to what the city looked like before its development boom. The city’s most elegant shopping center is the Galleria (junction of I-610W freeway with Westheimer Road), where almost all shops’ prices are equal to the prime property location. Whoever does not look for luxury may find such other affordable alternatives as the Northwest Mall (I-290W), Memorial City Mall (I-10W), and Almeda Mall (I-45S), just to name a few.
San Jacinto Monument is Houston’s key historic landmark, located 30 kilometers from the center. At this site, the army led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexican troops and achieved independence. The place is signaled by an obelisk-shaped monument, in addition to the San Jacinto Museum of History, and by the Battleship Texas. Homage to Texas hero is also paid by a statue built at Hermann Park. Basketball fans can watch the Houston Rockets at the humongous Downtown Arena stadium. However, Baseball is the Americans’ most favorite sport. So if you get the chance, go to see the Houston Aeros game, at the Minute Maid Part stadium.
The Museum of Natural Science, located at Hermann Park, is an attractive delight in Houston. Apart from the museum, you will also find the IMAX cinema. If you happen to visit the city in February and March do not pass up the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, with tournaments and exhibits by Cowboys, and native Americans in their old west style.
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