For Houstonians, Galveston is a great weekend getaway, even a day trip. Sure, it's a bit seedy and the water, thanks to silt from the Mississippi River, is not exactly like a tropical island unless the island is surrounded by dirty river water. But, they have some great places to eat, there's plenty of good fishing and beaches are mostly not covered in seaweed. Mostly.
So, when I read this week that TripAdvisor.com had named Galveston Island as one of the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the country, I was a little surprised, particularly when the other destinations included Anchorage, Alaska, Destin, Florida, Brooklyn and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Yeah, that Hawaii.
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Galveston finished No. 7 on the list.
It didn't make the top 10 list for the world's top destinations on the rise, but neither did any other city in the U.S., which is probably just as well. The last thing we need is a bunch of people from all over the world descending on our little beach hotspot and ruining it for the locals.
Chances are, Galveston and the rest of us are safe for now.
Kudos to our island neighbors for making an up-and-coming list. But, if a bunch of jerks from other parts of the country start crowding the Poop Deck, I'm going to be pissed.