So what was the first word ever to be spoken from the moon? That’s right – “Houston!" The fourth largest city in America (behind only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) is home to over 2 million people, making it the most populated city in the southern US.
The city was named after former General Sam Houston. Houston was president of the Republic of Texas and led the Texas Revolution through the Battle of San Jacinto. The subsequent boom of the port and railroad industries, combined with oil discovery in 1901, firmly put Houston on the map. Then came outer space in the 1960s! The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is NASA's astronaut corps, responsible for training astronauts from both the U.S. and its international partners. It was named in honour of the late U.S. president and Texas native, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1973.
Houston has several nicknames – one of them The Bayou City because of the ten waterways flowing through the city. Buffalo Bayou is the main one and has great importance in Texas history.
The Bayou City has a delightful warm, sunny climate throughout the year and is also known for its diverse and rich culture full of arts, entertainment and great dining. Relaxing is easy with great golf courses, beautiful parks, decadent spas, inspiring museums and spectacular shopping. For family fun, there are amusement parks, a world-class zoo, the aquarium, the Children’s Museum and many festivals and special events throughout the year.