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The NBA All-Star Weekend returnsed to the Bayou City for the third time in 2013 (Feb. 15-17), luring fans — and celebrities — to the Toyota Center to watch the top players from the West (L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant) take on those from the East (Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett).
Getting to Houston is easy no matter where you're coming from, or when you're visiting. With two major airports within 30 minutes of downtown, Houston was more than equipped to handle all those celebs touching down on their private jets. For those flying on commercial airlines, George Bush Intercontinental was a popular choice — its status as a hub for United Airlines (not to mention the city's largest airport) made it easier to snag a nonstop flight, although travelers had to expect the usual hassles involved with navigating the busy international airport. Next time you plan to touch down in Houston, consider flying into the smaller Houston Hobby, which is the airport for Southwest Airlines and a few commuter airlines.
And, yes, Texas is a giant state; but Houston is only four hours from Dallas and about three hours from San Antonio. Translation: Mavs fans (though there aren’t any Dallas Mavericks playing in the All-Star Game) and Spurs fans alike (Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will rep San Antonio) were able to easily drive in to town for the weekend.