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Houston has evolved into a first class tourist destination. Downtown Houston has become one of the most vibrant areas in the city. More than 50 restaurants and nightclubs have opened within the past year and the MetroRail facilitates travel to and from the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, and Reliant Park.

The Main Event! is Houston's newest place to be. The weekly party hosted in downtown's entertainment district features a variety of programming every Friday and Saturday evening - live music, magicians, artisans, laser light shows and much more. Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Congress and Capitol Streets from 4PM to 2AM on Friday and Saturday. The Downtown Aquarium and Bayou Place are, also, popular destinations.

Reliant Park, connected to downtown by the MetroRAIL, is the site of many major events and conventions. Reliant Stadium, one of Houston's two retractable-roofed stadiums (the other is Minute Maid Park), is home to the Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest rodeo in the world. Next to Relian Stadium is the world's first domed stadium, the Reliant Astrodome.

Whether you're experiencing SWAT, the only thrill ride of its kind on the planet, at Six Flags AstroWorld or landing the space shuttle at Space Center Houston, Houston's attractions are full of adventure. Explore the world's oceans from inside at Moody Gardens' 12-story Aquarium Pyramid, then appreciate science and nature in the Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids. Place bets on horses at the Sam Houston Race Park or greyhounds at the Gulf Greyhound Park. Or, visit Traders Village on the weekends for food, fun and great finds from more than 800 vendors. For history buffs, visit the San Jacinto Battleground Complex, which marks the spot where Texas won its independence from Mexico, or the Lone Star Flight Museum, a large collection of restored aircraft and photo archives housed in a hanger. Step back in time at the George Ranch, a working ranch, where visitors can experience more than 100 years of Texas history.

With three major airports, Houston is one of the nation's premier international gateways, linking the region to more than 150 destinations. George Bush International Airport is the eight busiest airport in the United States for total passengers.

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