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Old 01-27-2011, 12:32 AM   #29
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Houston Area Must Sees

The NASA Space center in clear Lake

Moody Gardens in Galvesten

Moody Mansion in Galveston

Offshore Oil Drilling museum in Galveston

San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas

Must eat: Texas Barbecue
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:37 AM   #30
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For those of you travelling I 10 Cooper's BBQ is also located at the Junction, TX exit.

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:04 AM   #31
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A 4,500 mile round-trip drive from the Pacific NW to Houston would be 15 300-mile days. That's nobody's idea of fun. Then to tool around from Houston to Austin to San Antonio to who-knows-where adds many other 200 to 250-mile days of driving. You just do not comprehend the vastness of Texas or you wouldn't even consider driving. I'm sorry but I'm incredulous that anyone would consider such a trip.
I think it could easily be made in 4-5 days each way (with a max of 600/day imposed, and an average of 450/day given daylight driving hours) with decent trip planning: all stops -- fuel, rest, food -- known ahead of time. Just check off a list as the day proceeds. One could also decide to take two days in Denver, for example; or Santa Fe on the return.

Texas distances are relative as much or most of what may wish to be seen is a maximum of 200-250 miles each outbound leg from Houston. South or West Texas are a different matter.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:32 AM   #32
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Thanks for all the information, looks like lots to do and lots to eat!! We are printing off all of the responses and will make a plan to see and do as much as possible. We really appreciate all who took time to make suggestions.
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We decided to fly and have been in Texas for a few weeks now. We have been able to travel around a little bit. Visited several places suggested above and have eaten super Mexican and BBQ. We have stayed fairly close to Houston, within 100 miles. Observations: Texans are super great folks! One Texan even loaned us a car! Southern hospitality is alive and well! Texas food is super great! Texas weather has been super great! Texas is super flat, at least around here! Texas medical treatment is top notch! Houston traffic, not so great! We will be back!
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:06 AM   #34
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Hope your doing well! Yes...it is flat around Houston...a BIG difference from Sandpoint for sure. Are you headed back now?
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Hope your time in Houston went well and glad you were able to have a little fun!
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If you're going out to eat in Houston, there's only one name to remember: "Pappas" family of restaurants.
This Houston family has some of the most established and successful eateries in the State.
Their Mexican restaurant, "Pappasito's Cantina", is hands down one of the best Mexican restaurants you'll ever try. Be hungry, the portions are huge.
If you like Louisiana style seafood, try "Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen".
You can check out their website: Pappas Restaurants - home of Pappasito's, Pappadeaux, Pappas Bar-B-Q, Pappas Seafood House & many more!

This suggestion is right on, been there found Heaven on my plate. I'd eat there every night-period.

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