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Houston, Texas, USA: Overview
Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas. The city is situated in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Houston has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa in the Köppen climate classification system), typical of the Southern United States. The city is not a part of Tornado Alley, the area that is more prone to tornadoes, but it experiences tornadoes sometimes.
Airports in Houston, Texas
1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Official Name:
Lester B. Pearson International Airport
The airport is 37 km (23 miles) north of Downtown Houston, between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S.
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The airport holds a unique record of handling nonstop flights to every continent
2. William P. Hobby Airport Location:
The airport is 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Houston.
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Houston Hobby is the fifth largest airport in Southwest’s network. Southwest started its operations from the airport on October 15, 2015. It has flights to Mexico and Central and South America.
Best Time to Book Flights to Houston
The probability of getting a cheap flight ticket to Houston increases when you book it four to eight weeks ahead of a scheduled flight departure. No substantial savings can be made if you book too early. However, if you are planning a visit to Houston around Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Christmas or New Year Eve, you should confirm your ticket at your earliest. Delaying may lead to an exponential rise in the airfare. Cheapfaremart can help you to reduce your ticket cost, provided lady luck is in our favor. Brose our Cheapfaremart promo codes page to find flight discount coupon.
If you select George Bush Intercontinental Airport as your arrival airport, here is the list of carrier options by passenger share.
Top 10 Destination Cities and Operating Carriers
- United (52.31%)
- Mesa (12.86%)
- ExpressJet (8.65%)
- Spirit (6.88%)
- American (6.12%)
- Other (13.18%)
| City || State || Airport || Airlines |
| Los Angeles || California (CA) || LAX || American, Spirit, United |
| Denver || Colorado (CO) || DEN || Frontier, Spirit, United |
| Chicago || Illinois (IL) || ORD || American, Spirit, United |
| Newark || New Jersey (NJ) || EWR || Spirit, United |
| Dallas/Fort-Worth || Texas (TX) || DFW || American, United |
| Atlanta || Georgia (GA) || ATL || Delta, Spirit, United |
| San Francisco || California (CA) || SFO || United |
| Orlando || Florida (FL) || MCO || Spirit, United |
| Las Vegas || Nevada (NA) || LAS || Frontier, Spirit, United |
| New York || New York (NY) || LGA || Delta, United |
If you select William P. Hobby Airport, Southwest and Delta Air Lines are the top airlines.
Top Attractions in Houston
Take a sneak peek of America’s human spaceflight program through interactive live shows, theatrical performances and exhibits including 400 space artifacts comprising three space crafts, Moon rocks, and a full-scale Skylab Trainer.
Space Center Houston is a leading science and space learning center, the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. The Johnson Space Center is the home of Mission Control and astronaut training.
- Adult: $29.95
- Child: (4-11):$24.95
- Senior (65+) (65 years and older): $27.95
If you care about animal and support wildlife, you share the mission of the Houston Zoo. The place is a safe refuge of over 6,000 animals from 900 species, and is visited by around 2.1 million visitors each year. There are themed areas to help visitors explore the wild treasures. Popular ones include:
African Forest (Meet Grant’s zebra, Speke’s gazelle, white rhinoceros, Greater kudu, Masai giraffe, ostrich, etc.)
The McNair Asian Elephant Habitat is home to the Houston Zoo’s herd of Asian elephants.
Kipp Aquarium is home to over 200 species of fresh and saltwater fish, including marine invertebrates, rescued sea turtle, a large school of piranhas, a green moray eel, the giant pacific octopus and the delicate moon jellyfish.
Birds features three main exhibits, the Fischer Bird Garden, the Tropical Bird House, and Birds of the World. There are more than 800 birds from over 200 species including the Mariana fruit dove, cassowary, Micronesian kingfisher, Congo peafowl and green-winged macaw.
This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland. Discover some familiar, some unheard and many never-before-seen aquatic species present around the globe. There are over 300 species. In addition, there is a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements. So, entertain, relax and have fun – all under one roof at Downtown Aquarium. Families coming for a vacation in Houston with kids, can’t skip this, provided their kids know about the versatile rides Shark Voyage ($5.99), Diving Bell Ferris Wheel ($4.99), Aquatic Carousel ($3.99), Lighthouse Dive ($4.99), Frog Hopper ($3.99), and Aqua Wheel ($3.99) present at the place.
Exhibit Hours of Operation
- Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8:30pm
- Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10pm
- Adults: $13.99
- Seniors: (65+) $11.99
- Children (under 42″): $10.99
- Children (2 & under): FREE
Experience boating and fishing at Lake Houston. Fish present in Lake Houston include catfish, largemouth bass, white crappie, and bluegill. The place also facilities for camping and hiking. Lake Houston is a water reservoir on the San Jacinto River, 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown Houston, which is a primary source of municipal water supply for the city of Houston.