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Houston, Texas

Houston is the largest city in Texas and fourth largest in the Unites States. The city was founded in 1836 and named after Sam Houston, then recently elected president of the Texas Republic. Houston is an urban center, but one that takes its green space seriously with well over 300 parks.

Get a glimpse of Houston's greenery with a visit to the 445-acre Hermann Park. Walk the exercise paths, picnic along the calm Brays Bayou, and explore the bold installation art. Right next to the park is Houston's popular Museum District. Take your time admiring the famed Impressionist collection at the Museum of Fine Arts where Thursdays are free. Relive Texas history with a day trip to the well preserved early 19th century Varner-Hogg Plantation.

Come early and hungry to The Breakfast Klub and dig into a hot plate of chicken and waffles or catfish and grits. Put in an order for the spicy lime and pepper marinated beef fajitas at the Houston institution of Lupe Tortilla.