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Gun turrets on the deck of the battleship Texas at the San Jacinto State Park

The fourth-largest city in the US is a sprawling metropolis of highrises, malls and parking lots. Hot, humid and flat, Houston may not be Texas' premier destination, but it has much to offer, including great museums, beautiful parks, a hip young population and a variety of excellent excursions.

The days when cows and oilmen roamed the streets of Houston are long gone. Houston dominates southeastern Texas, thanks to a historic commitment to growth typical of the Lone Star state, characterized by a lack of zoning and other planning restrictions, resulting in a sprawling, confusing city.

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