George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas is a Class B international airport. It serves the Greater Houston Metropolitan area in the United States and is located some 37 kilometres north of downtown Houston. The City of Houston owns the airport, while the Houston Airport System operates it. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a hub for United Airlines and focus city for Spirit Airlines.
What to see & do
Downtown Aquarium, Houston - The Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium in downtown Houston. It is home to over 200 species of aquatic animals. The Aquarium Adventure Exhibit has five main themed areas, the tiger habitat, and interactive displays. Aside from this, the complex contains two restaurants, a bar, and banquet facilities.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park - The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is a multi-storey sculptural fountain in the Uptown District of Houston. Formerly called the Williams Waterwall and the Transco Waterwall, it is situated opposite the south face of William's Tower.
Space Center Houston - Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Manned Spacecraft Centre. Space Center Houston is the official visitor centre, featuring the Northrop Grumman Theater, a High Def digital theatre Destiny Theater, a Starship Gallery, a live interactive performance of "Living in Space", and special tours. The Space Centre is home to several important artefacts and hardware including Mercury 9 capsule (Faith 7), Lunar Rover Vehicle trainer, Skylab trainer mock-up, and Lunar Module Test Article 8.
How to get around Houston
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, or the METRO, operates local and express bus lines and the METRORail light rail line. All fares for METRO can be paid in exact change or the reloadable fare smartcard called the Q Card. These cards can be acquired at METRO's RideStore downtown or at many of the local supermarkets. The card can be reloaded from where the cards were bought, from Bus Reloaders at the base of local buses, Credit Vending Machines, and Ticket Vending Machines.
The METRORail consists of three lines. The Red Line is most useful to tourists, as it links the downtown, midtown, the Museum district, the Medical Center, and Reliant Park. The Purple and Green Lines serve the residential neighbourhoods.
Taxis are available downtown. Wait for them at cab stands as it is unlikely you'll be able to hail one off the street.
One of the easiest ways to get around Houston is by car. Car rental is available and the city is served by a number of freeways and tollways for easy access from one point to another. Morning rush hour in Houston is between 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, while evening rush hour can begin as early as 4:00 PM and tends to last up to 7:00 PM.
If you want an environmental-friendly way to get around the city or would like to get some exercise, it is possible to participate in Houston's Bikeway program. The city has 290 miles of marked bike routes, with additional 80 miles of hike and bike trails in city parks.
How to get there
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is served by Aeroméxico Connect, Air China, All Nippon Airways, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, KLM, Interjet, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and WestJet, among other airlines. The airport receives regular, seasonal, and charter flights from domestic and international destinations, including 31 destinations in Mexico, making George Bush Intercontinental Airport offer the most number of Mexican destinations among the airports in the United States.
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