Area Map  (pdf)Welcome to Houston, Americas fourth largest city. For the past decade, more than $5 billion has been spent on revitalizing downtown Houston, and convention attendees reap the benefits of this development, all within walking distance. In April, Discovery Green downtown park replaced 12 acres of parking lots in front of the convention center. The Grove, a destination restaurant inside the park, offers gourmet dining with views unlike any in the city. The state-of-the-art stadiums that flank the convention center provide sports action year-round (baseball, basketball and hockey). The 17-block Theater District offers world-class performances in ballet, opera, symphony and theater. Plus, with the light rail only 5 blocks away, many other attractions, including the Museum District, Houston Zoo and Reliant Park (home of the Houston Texans), are easily accessible. ForbesTraveler.com  just rated Houston the sixth best restaurant city in America, so dont miss Houstons incredible dining options. Come to Houston for the NCSS Annual Conference and experience it all.
Traveling to Houston has never been easier. As the countrys fourth largest airport system, the Houston Airport System serves 193 cities worldwide, with Bush Intercontinental Airport (20 miles from downtown) ranking third among U.S. airports for nonstop destinations, and William P. Hobby Airport (11 miles from downtown) serving as Southwest Airlines largest hub. The National Council for the Social Studies has partnered with Continental Airlines, the major carrier to and from Houston, to provide special discounted rates from 2% to 15% off published fares, plus an additional 3% discount if you book online at www.continental.com available at www.continental.com/company/identity/default.asp 
To take advantage, go to www.continental.com  and enter the Offer Code ZDV7CDK5BY in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights. You can also call your travel professional or Continental MeetingWorks at 1-800-468-7022 and give them the following information:
Agreement Code CDK5BY Z Code ZDV7.
There is a $10 service fee, per ticket, only for tickets purchased through MeetingWorks Reservations or any Continental Airlines ticketing facility. This offer is valid for travel between November 9, 2008 and November 19, 2008 to and from Houston.
The National Council for the Social Studies has partnered with SuperShuttle to provide discounted rates for transportation to and from both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports. To receive your group discount, you must
- Make your reservation ONLINE at least 24 hours in advance at www.supershuttle.com  and enter your group‚s discount code
- Discount Code: DTA2U
- This code is valid for travel dates ranging from November 10, 2008 through November 17, 2008
- Through use of the discount code you will receive $2 off one way fares and $4 off round trip fares for our shared-ride service
- How to get to SuperShuttle when you land:
- After you claim you luggage at either Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or Hobby Airport (HOU), proceed to a SuperShuttle ticket counter located in the baggage claim area at all terminals
- A Guest Service Representative will be waiting to assist you