Car Rental at Houston George Bush Airport
Car hire at Houston George Bush Airport makes local driving easier as well as driving to other major cities more convenient as Texas urban centres tend to sprawl over huge distances.
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George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which serves Houston, the largest city in Texas, is the second largest airport after Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Due to the distance to downtown, visitors need to rent a car from the airport, as it is 23 miles north of downtown Houston where the concentration of businesses and facilities catering to tourists can be found.
Explore Houston By Car
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and its freeway system is one of the most comprehensive in the country, making it easy for first-time visitors to cover a lot of ground.
While the core of the city only spreads for about 600 square miles, the entire metropolis is a staggering 10,000 square miles.
Downtown is where you can find the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, so if you want a more intimate experience of Houston’s sprawl, a drive around Montrose and North Loop brings you to eclectic shops, antique stores, gingerbread Victorian homes, and buzzing BYOB restaurants and nightlife.
NASA Space Center
Perhaps no other Houston landmark is as recognizable as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) center for human spaceflight activities.
The Space Center, about an hour southeast by car is the official visitor center where guests are welcomed to watch exhibits of Gemini 5 and Mercury 9 capsules, Apollo 17 command module, and Saturn V, among others.
From the Space Center, the Haak Vineyards of Santa Fe is less than an hour south.
Onwards, the Gulf of Mexico is about 20 miles to the east.
Houston makes up the eastern point of the Texas Triangle, with Austin to the west, and the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex to the north.
The drive can be spread over several days to better understand the size and diversity of the region, and appreciate its array of offerings.
A drive to Austin is three hours on average, while Dallas is about 4 1/2 hours to the north.
From Austin, it’s also no more than four hours to Fort Worth, but you would want to give more time to explore the DFW metroplex as it’s a huge swath of urban land in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas.