Galveston is a great place to visit for a quick day trip or weekend getaway from Houston. It’s a short drive about an hour away from downtown. I have lived in Houston my entire life and have probably visited Galveston less than 10 times. When we got to the island, we could smell the familiar ocean breeze and was pleasantly surprised with how much has improved. Galveston recently went through a clean up renovation, and you can definitely feel and see the difference. The beaches are cleaner, and I also read that they added tons of sands to make it more enjoyable.