The George Bush Intercontinental Airport – usually just referred to as Houston Airport – serves the metropolitan area of Greater Houston, part of the state of Texas in the United States of America. The airport is named after George W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and offers both domestic and international flights to all parts of the world. Serving more than 40 million passengers a year and sporting 5 terminals, it is the second largest airport in Texas (after Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport) and the home base of United Airlines.
To get from Houston Airport to the city, tourists can take a bus or shuttle from just outside the airport that will connect them to various destinations within the city (such as Greenway Plaza, Downtown Houston, the Galleria, Westside hotels, etc.). For a shared-ride shuttle, go to the SuperShuttle booth at the baggage claim area and book a ride to the desired destination, if you have not already done so in advance. Alternately, tourists can also have the Ground Transportation airport employees outside each terminal hail them a cab for greater convenience.
Once in Houston, getting around is a breeze. Greenlink buses within Houston offer free rides on their 2.5mile-long route, which includes almost 20 stops and covers popular areas and entertainment districts in Houston. Alternately, local bus services are also available at extremely affordable prices. For those wanting a quicker ride, the city boasts a 13-mile METRORail line that’d take them to just about everywhere they’d want to go in a flash.
To minimize the hassle of getting around, buy a METRO Q Card (which acts like a debit card) which can be used on almost all forms of public transport so you don’t have to buy a ticket before every ride.
What to see and do
If you’re in Houston, you must have a look the city’s pride and joy –the Space Center Houston at NASA Parkway. It acts as the official visitor centre of the Johnson Space Center, which serves as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s center for spaceflight activities. That’s the reason why the famous saying ‘Houston, we’ve got a problem’ mentions this particular city and not others, if you realized. With the Space Center being home to numerous historic artifacts of the USA’s outer space activities, you get to check out – in real life – the cool space gadgets that were always shown in the movies. Some of the Center’s offerings include the Apollo 17 command module, the Lunar Rover (a space exploration vehicle that can move across the surface of the moon) and many more. Relive the nation’s great space adventures and tragedies, and have an in-depth understanding of what it’s like to be an astronaut by partaking in the Space Center’s regular activity, Lunch with an Astronaut.
Besides the Space Center, the Houston Museum District is another must-go in this city. Consisting of 20 museums, galleries and cultural centers, the Museum District is truly a sight to behold and, best of all, can often be visited free of charge. Some of the offerings include the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Asia Society Texas Center, the Czech Center Museum Houston and many more. As you can probably tell by the names, the exhibits and art pieces displayed within these museums are of extremely diverse backgrounds and cover a wide range of different topics, from culture, science, art to history. With so much to see and do, make sure to plan your time carefully to maximize your viewing pleasure.