George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a public airport in Greater Houston, which ranks fifth in terms of size as a metropolitan area in the United States. The airport is located 37 kilometres north of Downtown Houston in Texas. It is a major hub for United Airlines and offers domestic and international flights. The airport took its name after George H. W. Bush, former president of the United States. The location was originally purchased in 1957 to preserve it until the increasing population demanded for a bigger airport, replacing the Houston Municipal Airport or the William P. Hobby Airport. Formerly known as Houston Intercontinental Airport, it was opened in 1969 and was renamed in 1997. There are five terminals in this airport. Terminal A offers flights to Canada and other international destinations, Terminals B and C for domestic flights, Terminals D and E for non-United international operations and international operations, respectively. To date, the airport is operated by the Houston Airport System and serves more than 41 million passengers yearly, making it one of the busiest airports in North America.
What to see & do
As the largest city in Texas, Houston is home to Latinos, African Americans, and Asian American populations. Here, tourist can find museums and art exhibits, shopping and department stores, and many restaurants. In Houston, the climate is very hot during summer and mild during winter. Also during summer, humidity is high, which makes temperatures feel very hot. The best time to visit this pace is from October to April to avoid the scorching heat of the sun.
In Houston, people can try visiting parks such as the Memorial Park, which has a 2.88-mile jogging path; and the Hermann Park, which is home to the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Miller Outdoor Theater, and the Hermann Park Golf Course.
Live performances that include dance, opera, Broadway musical, and symphonic music groups are also present in Houston. These include the Alley Theatre and the Theater District. Other downtown venues are The Wortham Center, The Hobby Center, Jones Hall, and The Alley Theatre.
There are many dining options in Houston that includes steakhouses, seafood restaurants, and fast food chains. These include Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, which is famous for sandwiches; Brennan’s of Houston; Beck’s Prime; Café Express; El Rey Taqueria; Goode Company BBQ; James Coney Island; The Breakfast Klub; The Pass & Provisions; Underbelly; and Kata Robata.
How to get around within Houston
In exploring Houston, tourists have many options such as taking the bus, train, taxis, and bicycles. Trains and buses can be paid with exact fare in coins or bills. They can also use a smart card called the Q Card to save time from buying single journey cards. This card can be loaded at Metro Rail stations and Park & Ride lots. Both accept credit cards for payment.
In boarding the bus, people should only tap their cards to enjoy the hassle-free service. Those planning to take the trains should take note the three line systems. The Red Line covers Downtown, Midtown, the Museum District, the Medical Center, and Reliant Park. The Purple Line and the Green Line is for residential places and are not frequently visited by visitors.
Meanwhile, taxis are found at various parts of the Downtown. There are no taxis on the streets.
How to get there
There are more than 25 airlines that operate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. These are Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Interject, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and many others. The busiest international route to and from the airport is Mexico City in Mexico, which carries around 700,000 passengers.
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