Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.
To the south, the Museum District brings together many of the city’s key museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases well-known Impressionist and Renaissance painters, and the Menil Collection, with an acclaimed ensemble of Surrealist art and a special gallery dedicated to modern painter Cy Twombly. Nearby 545-acre Hermann Park and the popular Houston Museum of Natural Science border well-known research institutions Rice University and Texas Medical Center. Shopping can be found at Uptown’s Galleria, a massive mall, as well as the Montrose neighborhood, known for hip boutiques and nightlife..