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Old 04-30-08, 01:07 AM
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Visiting Dallas And Houston (Recommendations?)

Any places I have to go?
NASA is already on the list.

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Well, my recommendation would be to skip Houston, and do Austin....but if that's not an option...

Yea, go to NASA, then get out of there and had to Dallas or Austin. As for what to do, Dallas (and Houston) are typical big city town. Sports, entertainment, bars, clubs, w/e you want.
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I agree with the hitting up Austin bit.
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I agree with the skipping Houston bit.
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I hate Houston, and I've lived in Texas my entire life. Austin is a must, one of the best cities in the country.
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Houston: National Museum of Funeral Home History

Dallas: Bayou Bob's Rattlesnake ranch
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Originally Posted by Sdallnct
Well, my recommendation would be to skip Houston, and do Austin....but if that's not an option...
I agree. Houston is one of the worst cities to visit as a tourist (it's a great city to work in because of the oil/energy business, but not a nice place to visit). But if you must go, here are a few things to do. Note: this is an inclusive list:
  • Go to an Astros Game -- actually a very nice stadium
  • Go to Astroworld... opps.... nevermind
  • Visit Moody Gardens at Galveston (not great, but not bad)
  • Go to Galveston (dirtiest beach this side of China, with seas-side views of oil platforms)

Fun fact: Empirical studies have shown that you have the highest risk of cancer in the world if you live on the east side of Houston (the closer to the ship channel, the higher the risk).
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I've found NASA to be unimpressive and you really don't get to see much.
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I've found NASA to be unimpressive and you really don't get to see much.
I agree. Florida is much more interesting.

But then again, that's to be expected. Houston is for ground control and innovation projects / design (as are a few other places, like Alabama). Florida is where things happen.
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Well, you didn't specify how long you would be at either place but here are some things in the Houston area you can do:

NASA is hit or miss depending on what you expect (it's more of a kid friendly exhibit now, though the tram tours are neat).

Lot's of museums (Fine Art, Natural Science, Holocaust Museum and a few others)

Skip Galveston and head to the Kemah Waterfront district (good wooden rollercoaster and plenty of restaraunts and shops)

Astros game at Minute Maid Park

Theater District for clubs/dining

Houston Zoo
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Houston... the mall called the Galleria

the alterations place there did janet's wardrobe malfunction
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Dallas - I always wanted to see The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza and check the view from the sniper's nest. Was Oswald the lone assassin???
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Definitely do the Sixth Floor Museum if you're in Dallas. It's very well done and I found it quite moving. Also if you're in the mood, there used to be The Conspiracy Museum on the same block, where you could get a slightly different viewpoint of history, to say the least (I hear it moved though, anyone have more recent info?).

Other than that...yeah, move on to Austin.
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I don't know where the conspiracy museum is BUT they are responsible for the Xs painted on Elm street, marking the locations the bullets made contact.

Also, you can't look out the actual window. They have a reconstruction of the surroundings in that corner and it's blocked off with plexiglass. You can, however, look out the windows immediately next to it.
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I stayed in Houston for 7 months. I love the city but it's not really a place to see things. Go there for the delicious Tex/Mexican food and plentiful chain and fast food restaurants. No wonder Houston is one of the fattest cities in the US. Houston has an interesting Chinatown too.

I spent a day trip in Austin. It seemed to have more flavor.

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Well last night I went to House of Blues in Downtown Dallas and saw an awesome concert. Brought the freaking house down. Son took me and had a blast.

So guess I recommend that as well! LOL
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I have found the 6th Floor Museum, along with the Alamo, to be the weakest tourist attractions I have been to.
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I don't get all the hate for our own Don Houston. He's beloved.
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I have found the 6th Floor Museum, along with the Alamo, to be the weakest tourist attractions I have been to.
Well one is a museum about the assassination of a president. The other is a museum/archaeological site about the slaughter of hundreds of Texans. I wouldn't call either one, "fun."
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
Well one is a museum about the assassination of a president. The other is a museum/archaeological site about the slaughter of hundreds of Texans. I wouldn't call either one, "fun."
You've obviously never been on Jim Bowie's Wild Riverboat Ride or Sam Houston's Spinning Teacups, then.
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Thanks for the recommendations guys.
Unfortunately Houston is a must as we need to go to the Japanese embassy (and my non-employedness keeps the trip from expanding to other places)
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
Well one is a museum about the assassination of a president. The other is a museum/archaeological site about the slaughter of hundreds of Texans. I wouldn't call either one, "fun."
Maybe that is why I described neither of them as "fun."
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Did not want to start another thread but any thoughts on a nice hotel near the ballpark (Minute Maid)? I am going in for two games and want a place at least somewhere close to the park.
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Originally Posted by Flashback
Did not want to start another thread but any thoughts on a nice hotel near the ballpark (Minute Maid)? I am going in for two games and want a place at least somewhere close to the park.
You're going to want to stay in downtown and not south of the stadium (which is very sketchy). The Four Seasons is nice and surprisingly affordable.
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Four seasons is not bad at around 220.

Decided to look at a few others around any thoughts (they are a bit cheaper).

From 130-160.

-Hilton
-Icon
-Hyatt
-Magnolia
-Courtyard

Also, any problems walking to the park?

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