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Houston is famous for offering a vast range of opportunities and cultural experiences to its residents and visitors. Often described as a "sprawling Texas town", the greater Houston area covers more ground than any other major city in America. This creates a sense of living in a medium-sized town – one that just happens to offer big-city convenience and opportunity.

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During the day, the downtown skyscrapers are alive with activity and the sidewalks are filled with bustling executives in designer suits. When the sun goes down, the downtown area comes alive with an entirely different personality.

Catch a performance in Houston’s renowned Theater District, which spans 17 blocks. Houston is one of a few US cities with permanent, professional resident companies in opera (Houston Grand Opera), ballet (Houston Ballet), music (Houston Symphony) and theatre (Alley Theatre).

Bayou Place, which features restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, and concert houses all under one roof, is an asset to the downtown entertainment scene. You can catch an art film at the Angelika Film Center.

If all of this is not enough to impress you, then give the underground tunnels and some shopping a try. A trip through this "city under the city" is an interesting experience that should not be missed by anyone.


The prestige and glamour of the Galleria area is undeniable. Office space in one of the nearby skyscrapers is expensive, and the shopping consists primarily of exclusive shops offering designer merchandise. If money is no object, put a trip to The Galleria on your list of things to do. This glamorous shopping centre showcases the best names in American and European design, with more than 375 shops and restaurants in residence. If your shopping expenditures tend to be a bit more low-key, this outing still offers a world of fun in the form of window-shopping. The ice skating rink on the bottom floor is also a popular attraction, especially at Christmas, when a lavishly decorated, three-story tree is erected in the middle of the ice.

Restaurants and clubs, like most things in the area, tend to be fairly sophisticated and cosmopolitan. McCormick & Schmick's offers the finest seafood specialties around, but gourmet dining in the area doesn’t stop there. Cafe Annie, Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano, Morton's The Steakhouse and Capital Grille are all outstanding options for fine cuisine. Uptown’s fashionable evening scene includes Bar Annie at Cafe Annie and Post Oak Grill.

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