The nation's fourth largest city, Houston
is a thriving community bustling with activities, shopping, and nightlife.
Linked by the Houston Ship Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles away,
the city is a giant in the world of international shipping as well as
oil, aerospace, and finance.
Truly Texas-size, the city sprawls across 617 square miles of bayou country while the metropolitan area takes in close to 9,000 square miles, all connected by one of the nation's most extensive highway systems. Dozens of languages are heard in the ethnically diverse community whose residents have relocated here from around the globe.
Mention Houston and Galveston and two icons come to mind: oil money and sandy beaches. Long the capital of the Texas oil "bidness," Houston is still dotted with high dollar hangouts and plenty of opportunities for fun. The choice of fun ranges from mild to wild--everything from highbrow art museums to quiet botanical gardens to truly Texas-size nightclubs.
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