Let me start out by saying that I have a small place in my heart for Houston because it is my home town. The fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has a wide reach with Piney Woods in the North to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plains extending all the way to Galveston Island. Houston is known for Oil, Healthcare (with the famed Houston Medical Center), NASA's manned space center, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world), and major sports teams. Houston's mere size can be intimidating but all are welcome in this international city. It hosts the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the country with nearly 1.1 million residents born outside the US.  And, it has a varied cultural scene to reflect it. You can find some of the best chefs, Opera, Orchestra, Ballet, Art and Theater in the country. Cruises such as Princess and Norwegian leave from Houston and they host two international airports (IAH & HOU) to make coming and going easy. After the events of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the city has shown that Houston is Strong. They are open for visitors in 2018 and ready to welcome you with open arms.