Located in the southeastern part of Texas, Houston is the largest city in the state and home of myriad of historical landmarks and cultural events. The city has no zoning regulations, so things are widely spread out in Houston and its suburbs. A newly inaugurate light-rail system dubbed the METRORail has been added to make getting around the city easier. The 8-mile track takes rides from Downtown to the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park. Over the next 10 years, five more lines will be added to the raid system and hopefully getting plenty of Houstonians and visitors out of the congested highways and streets.
Still, Houston is better traveled by car. One can easily explore all the colorful neighborhoods that make up this traditionally Texan city. Downtown has the third tallest skyline behind New York and Chicago, while Midtown and Montrose a colorful and ethnically diverse population that you cannot find anywhere else in the city.
However, the Museum District clearly has the other neighborhoods beat when it comes to places to see and things to do. The neighborhood is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Print Making, the Medical Science Museum and the Menil Collection. Hermann Park serves as lush green space for the area, while nearby Rice University cements the area's academic background.
The city is also home to one-of-a-kind events such as the Hot Sauce Festival which tests chili-heads' endurance for the hot and spicy condiment. The Houston Greek Festival celebrates the cultural and customs of the city's sizable Greek population that reside primarily in the area of Montrose.
And while this city may not have the international clout as a fashion capital, Houston does not lag behind the latest fashions. The Galleria is the city's most desirable shopping center where haute couture Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent meets recognizable stores the Gap and Pac Sun. For boutique shopping, the neighborhood of Montrose has got shopping for those who are hard to please.
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