As the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston, Texas is a leader in business, entertainment, the arts, and more. A large, cosmopolitan city with a small town feel, Houston is unique among other major cities due to its southern hospitality and can-do attitude. From professional sports to outdoor fun to an out-of-this-world space experience and incredible dining - it's all here! The metropolitan Houston area, including Galveston to the south, is the 10th largest in the country. As well, Houston is the second largest port in the country, and the eighth largest port in the world. But all of these stats are not what Houston is known for.
Instead, Houston is most famous as the home of NASA's Mission Control, and its name can be heard on most space shuttle missions as all astronauts preface their comments with "Houston". Ironically, NASA is actually not located in Houston proper, but in a southern suburb. Houston is located about 3 hours east of San Antonio, and 3.5 hours southeast of Dallas. It was named for Sam Houston, the man responsible for winning Texas its independence from Mexico. Space City offers everything from breathtaking museum exhibits to vibrant downtown entertainment. Explore the wonder of space or spend the day shopping to your heartâ€™s content. Visit and you'll understand why it is a city of infinite possibilities.