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The fourth-largest city in the United States is a vibrant, energetic metropolis. Popular tourist sites include NASA's Johnson Space Center, where visitors can see the Mercury capsule used to orbit the earth and the command module from Apollo 17. Explore the Contemporary Arts Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts, with its outdoor sculpture garden and, inside, an outstanding collection that ranges from antiquity to the present. Houston also is home to Rice University, Six Flags Astroworld and the Galleria - a shopper's delight.
Chartered in 1839, Galveston Island, located on the upper Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico, was the principal port into the southwest during the 19th century. This coastal town has experienced a recent revitalization, making it one of America's newest beach resorts. Better than the beautifully restored Victorian architecture of its historic downtown district, is the southern hospitality of Galveston's residents.
Los Angeles, California
One of the most famous cities in the world, everyone dreams of going to the "city of angels" at one time or another. It's an interesting semitropical city of palm trees, swimming pools and television studios. From ritzy Beverly Hills to the wondrous Hollywood Bowl, you're bound to have an unforgettable stay. Los Angeles is a region where you can drive to the mountains and ski in the morning, then travel to the beach and surf in the afternoon. It is truly an unbelievable city, with miles of glorious beach, gorgeous mountains, interesting cultural centers and museums, extraordinary amusement parks, and of course, plenty of movie studios.
San Diego, California
If you want the most fabulous and extensive collection of beaches in the United States, visit San Diego. Featuring seventy miles of glorious coastline, and pleasant temperatures all year, San Diego is a great place for tourists. Balboa Park and three world-famous animal parks round out this magnificent city. The San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and Sea World are all wildlife extravaganzas.
Over the past two decades, San Diego has exploded into a cultural mecca, filled with activities and tremendous diversity. The influence of three major universities in the area has transformed San Diego into a lively town.
San Francisco, California
The "City by the Bay" is filled with world-famous landmarks and attractions, inviting you to spend the day sightseeing. You can ride along the hilly streets in a clanging cable car and enjoy all the enchantment this city has to offer.
Tampa, Florida is not only a port - it's a destination full of exciting and fun things to do. Experience beautiful beaches, historical sights, arts, entertainment, fabulous restaurants and, if you can find time, the nearby city of St. Petersburg.
Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades, be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You've never flown until you've sped across the Everglades on an airboat. The ride is thrilling. It's even more thrilling if you happen to spot 'gators. On the same tour, you'll meet the area's first inhabitants at a Seminole Indian village. A more relaxing boat ride takes you cruising by homes of the rich and famous on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Before this tour ends, you will hit all the highlights of Fort Lauderdale.
Port Canaveral, Florida
The gateway to Central Florida, Port Canaveral provides access to the wonderful theme parks and entertainment complexes of Orlando, the spectacular wonders of the Kennedy Space Center and the natural habitats of the alligator and Florida manatee.