The skyscrapers of Space City, the shoreline of the Gulf, and the intrepid spirit of the Lone Star State: Experience this exciting corner of Texas with Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast. Inside you'll find:
Flexible itineraries, from a long weekend in Houston to a road trip through Central Texas and the coast
Strategic advice for history buffs, outdoor adventurers, families, and more
The top sights and unique experiences: Marvel at the original Mission Control at the NASA Space Center or browse the compelling collections at the Contemporary Art Center. Go boating past Spanish moss and cypress trees, kayak along the shore, hike through the Big Thicket Natural Preserve, or spot rare species on a coastal birding trail. Relax on the pristine Padre Island National Seashore, and watch the sun set over the water from the top of a historic lighthouse
The best local flavors: Dig in to authentic, smoky barbecue, classic Tex-Mex staples, and down-home Southern cooking
Expert advice from longtime Texan Andy Rhodes on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Thorough background on the state's culture, history, geography, and regional vernacular
Experience the best of Houston and the Gulf Coast with Moon's practical tips and local insight.
Looking to explore more of the Lone Star State? Try Moon Austin, San Antonio & the Hill Country or Moon Texas.
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About the Author
Andy Rhodes has been living and traveling in Texas since 1994. He calls Austin home, but regularly explores the Texas Hill Country, East Texas pine forests, and Gulf Coast beaches. His favorite destination is the Big Bend region of far West Texas, where the enormous sky and rugged mountains beckon with solace, serenity, and low humidity.
Since 2002, Andy has served as editor of the Texas Historical Commission's magazine, The Medallion, offering him an opportunity to experience the Lone Star State's compelling heritage in colossal cities and tiny towns.
Andy is also the author of Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast. His freelance articles have been published in Home & Away, American Cowboy, and Austin Monthly magazines. He has also served as a travel expert for The Guardian. In 2009, Andy was named a featured author at the prestigious Texas Book Festival.
Andy earned a journalism degree from Miami University in 1993. He lives in Austin with his wife, Paula, and sons, Max and Daniel.