Flights to Houston
Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest city in the whole of the United States. Having suffered from urban sprawl means that the city is very spread out and difficult to get around effectively without a car. Don’t let this put you off though!
Houston has several airports which handle international flights, though the larger and most commonly used is George Bush Intercontinental Airport (airport code: IAH). Various airlines offer flights to this Houston airport from Johannesburg, some with 2 stops and some with just the one. Airlines with one stop are United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, Delta, South African Airways and Continental Airlines, stopping at Frankfurt, Paris, Washington and Sao Paulo.
Flights to Houston from Cape Town are also available with the same airlines, though all of these have 2 stops. In addition, Emirates offer this route with just one stop in Dubai.
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The Tourist Attractions of Houston:
What often springs to mind when people think of Houston is the famous line “Houston, we have a problem”! Hence many visitors to the city will be keen to visit Space Center Houston in the Clear lake area of the city.
Space Center Houston is a space museum with exhibits and artefacts from various space missions, including a full history of space exploration by the US. There are two tram tours offered here – the first includes a visit to Mission Control and offers viewing of the actual Apollo and Mercury launch vehicles, whilst the second tour concentrates on the astronaut training facilities.
Whilst you’re in the Clear Lake area you can also enjoy some outdoor recreation as this is a very popular area for boating, fishing, hiking and swimming.
In downtown Houston most of the attractions are arts based, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera. If these aren’t your thing, you may enjoy a visit to the Downtown Aquarium. This includes a Louisiana Swamp exhibit, a Shipwreck, a rainforest and a Shark Voyage amongst others, in addition to a ferris wheel and other carnival style rides.
Hermann Park is a large 455 acres area in the South of Downtown district of Houston and includes several attractions. This is accessible by the MetroRail from downtown so if you’re staying in the downtown area and don’t have your own transport this is easily reachable. Attractions include the Houston Zoo which houses over 800 species of exotic animals; the Museum of Natural Science which includes many permanent exhibits as well as an IMAX cinema and planetarium; an 18 hole golf course; and a 8 acre lake where you can rent pedal boats. Though this is just a handful of the things you can do at Hermann Park.
In Uptown Houston you’ll find the large shopping mall, called The Galleria. In fact Uptown Houston is now more commonly known as ‘The Galleria’ because of this! There are many high-end stores here for visitors who like to splash out, as well as a number of hotels and an indoor ice skating rink.
If you’re visiting Houston in March, visit the world’s largest rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. As well as the rodeo events there is live music from big name acts, a carnival and various other events too.
When Should You Visit?:
Houston has a humid subtropical climate, experiencing warm to hot weather all year round. This makes Houston a great city to visit at any time of the year.
July and August are the hottest months with average highs of 34C (94F), whilst January is the coolest month with an average high of 17C (62F). Houston does have a high rainfall though throughout the year – the wettest months are May and June.