Houston is the largest metropolis in the southern United States and is famous for th NASA Space Center Houston. The best way to explore Houston is in a hire car, which you can book before you travel at TUICars.com. Then you can pick up your hire car immediately at one of our local car rental partners. The largest airport near Houston is the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, located some 37 kilometres north of the city.
From there you can drive to Houston via the Hardy Toll Road to Interstate Highway 610 and on to the city centre. On the way you are greeted from afar by the city's impressive skyline. A system of tunnels with numerous shops runs under the city centre, so you are protected from the weather even without a car.
Houston: fascinating metropolis full of attractions
Start your tour in a hire car through Houston on the I-610, which leads past the inner city districts. One of the most popular tourist attractions, the Downtown Aquarium, lies directly on Interstate 45, which crosses Houston from north to south. In the various exhibitions in the aquarium, such as the Louisiana Swamp, the Rainforest or the Sunken Temple, you can admire an impressive diversity of marine life. Head westwards to the Houston Galleria shopping complex, where you can easily park and find a wide range of goods in more than 400 stores.
In your hire car drive east along Texas State Highway 59 to the Houston Museum District, where you can choose from 20 different museums, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Of course, while visiting the city, you can also visit the Houston Space Center on Nasa Parkway. Marvel at a Saturn V rocket and a complete replica of the ISS or go aboard a real Shuttle.
Excursions outside the city
When you hire a car in the USA you are best advised to take out fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance.
At TUI Cars these extras are always included in our price. This gives you full peace of mind wherever you drive. So why not head south? Discover, for example, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The 560-km-long coastline is often referred to as the Texas Riviera and is very popular with tourists because of the pristine sandy beaches. The seaside resort of Galveston is about 80 km from Houston taking the I-45.