Visit Galveston is the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island, Texas, and is accredited by Destinations International.

Galveston may be best known for its 32 miles of sandy beaches, but there’s far more to experience in this historic beach destination!

Galveston, Texas is a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. It’s a destination full of art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, ghost legends, and more – all tucked within a quaint Gulf Coast barrier island. Come experience the charm of Galveston Island.

1. ) What is your destination most known for? 

Galveston Island is best known for its 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. Also significant, is its place in history as the birthplace of Juneteenth and the second-largest immigration port to the U.S. behind Ellis Island. Galveston is a place of many Texas firsts.

2.) During this time, how can we enjoy your destination?

It’s easy to “coastal distance” on Island Time. With the expansive coastline and a wide selection of vacation rentals, luxury and budget hotels just a 45-minute drive from Houston Hobby airport, Galveston is a great place to bring friends and family for outdoor recreation, history exploration, and more.

3.) What hidden gem should not be missed when visiting your destination?

I have to say I am partial to The Bryan Museum. Opened in 2015 at the site of the Galveston Orphans Home, many people don’t realize that the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts related to the southwest is located right here in Galveston! The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa and the Bishop’s Palace never cease to amaze me.

4.) What’s one feature that can’t be missed when visiting your website?

I’m so glad you asked that question! Just a few months ago, Visit Galveston took ownership of our website and we are really proud of what it offers. From blogs to itinerary planning, event listings, and inside information, is the place to go to make the most of your Galveston vacation, meeting, or special event.

5.) How did you hear about NATJA, why did you join?

When I began working at the CVB, I was encouraged to join the association in order to connect with writers. It has really paid off. I have enjoyed the professional development NATJA offers and I have made many friendships with fellow CVB and media representatives along the way.

6.) Is there anything else you feel travel media should know about your destination?

Galveston is a resilient place. It’s an island in a geographical and a metaphorical way, in my opinion. The city is welcoming, diverse, tolerant, and progressive. I am proud to be part of the fabric of this historic beach town and look forward to sharing its stories.

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