Fly To Houston, Texas
Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States, and its sprawling mass of concrete and highways is certainly impressive, if not beautiful. Unlike most other large cities, Houston lacks any appreciable zoning, which makes for a delightful, yet chaotic, mishmash of land-uses, governed only by the imagination of the real-estate developers.
Houston is known for being one of the most restaurant-oriented cities in the United States, and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. The multicultural nature of the city has led to a thriving community of ethnic restaurants, and the fine dining scene is making waves across the nation.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a USA Visa to visit Houston, and anywhere else in the United States of America. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Houston is the South African Consulate-General in Chicago. 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago IL, 60604. Phone: + 1 312 939 7929. Website: www.southafricachicago.com.
See and do
Houston may not have as many attractions as other cities of its size, but there’s still plenty to do here for visitors, especially in the Museum District. Consider getting a CityPASS, which gives you access to 6 attractions in 9 days for reduced rates. You’ll save some cash and even get to skip the queues at some of the most popular spots.
The attractions covered by the pass include the Space Centre, the Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Children’s Museum of Houston, George Ranch Historical Park and the Health Museum.
Houston is a big supporter of the visual and performing arts. The theatre scene is active all year round, with permanent, resident companies in all the major performing arts disciplines. The Theatre District offers the highest density of performance venues, but there are others scattered around the city as well. Catch a ballet, opera or symphony performance, or one of the many touring Broadway acts.
Shopping in Houston is generally more affordable than most other major US cities, and the Houston Galleria (the largest mall in Texas) is a favourite spot for retail therapy. While the cowboy-western atmosphere is not as pervasive here as other Texan towns, Houstonians still love a good cowboy hat and boots, and you’ll find some great ones here to take home as souvenirs.
Houston’s sprawl makes it difficult to cover effectively with a public transport network, and the metro and bus services, while safe and easy to use, usually require several transfers to get from point A to point B. Most people recommend hiring a car, as it remains the most convenient way to get around town. There is a free shuttle service, called the Greenlink, which covers much of downtown, and is a viable alternative to driving in that area.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport – IAH
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Gloria Jean’s, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
Currency Exchange: Travelex and Currency Exchange have outlets in all the terminals at Houston Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found can be contacted on 281 230-3299 or via email at email@example.com.
Airport Hotels: The Airport Marriott Hotel is located in the centre of the airport terminal complex.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (code IAH) is a hub for United Airlines.