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Known best for the NASA line ‘Houston we have a problem…’, this Texas city is one of the great oil state’s biggest and wealthiest. It is also home to one of NASA’s chief communications centres. Situated around 50miles northwest of the Gulf of Mexico, it is the 4th biggest city in the US. A reliable and popular way of getting around Houston is by car. Purchase cheap car hire in Houston with us today to secure a car for your holiday adventure. You wont regret it! No queuing for public services or paying high prices for taxis, just hop in your car and go.
The sprawling metropolitan area has much to offer its visitors, including beautiful parks, museums, and a variety of excellent day trips. Most areas of interest are within a few miles of the city centre.
The Museum District is sandwiched between Hermann Park and Hwy 59 southwest of downtown. The Museum of Fine Arts (1900) is the oldest art museum in Texas, featuring a large collection of American Modernists, Texan Postmodernists and French Impressionists. The Contemporary Arts Museum presents 10 or more temporary shows a year and the Holocaust Museum is an excellent though sobering memorial.
At Hermann Park, Houston Zoological Gardens features gorillas, tropical birds, lions, bats and an adjoining aquarium. The Museum of Natural Science is great for kids. Inside, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is a large three-story dome where you can wander about among thousands of live butterflies.
Cycling is a popular activity along Houston's numerous park trails, with such flat, tarmaced areas, pedaling is easy and relaxing . The open-air Alkek Velodrome facility is in Cullen Park, 20 miles west of downtown.
Bush Intercontinental Airport is Houston’s major airport and services by major domestic and international airlines, with trans-Atlantic flights, as well as routes to Caribbean and central/South American destinations. The airport is well serviced with shuttles, buses and limos to the city centre, though buses are a preferable and a more reliable option. Car rental desks at the airport include Advantage, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, National, Thrifty, Avis and Dollar. Book in advance online for cheaper prices and a better selection of cars.
George William P Hobby Airport is a secondary airport served by discount carrier Southwest Airlines. Bus service to Hobby Airport is generally more reliable.
The Amtrak rail service to Houston is very limited and the ‘Sunset Limited’ arrives thrice a week from Los Angeles to New Orleans and on to Orlando (and return). It’s often late however.
Greyhound is the major bus carrier in the US. It’s the cheapest but least comfortable means of travel, especially in Texas where large distances are involved.
By far the best way to get around, and in and out, Houston is with a car. As a city built around the car, Houston has good highways radiating in all directions. Car rentals are available from numerous depots in downtown Houston. Search and compare quotes online right here and plan your trip carefully.