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Port of Galveston, TX
CRUISING ASHORE: Galveston Self-Guided Tour

Texas writer Kathryn Straach -- who authored a "what to eat and where to dine" story about Galveston, TX" story on this page -- also has created a fun Galveston walking tour for visitors. Galveston's downtown area is filled with shops, cafes, historic Victorian homes, a historic ship, museums and a Grand Old Theater.

For cruisers seeking pre- or post-cruise fun, or alternatively, an independent stroll on a port call, Kathryn's story provides tips and suggested steps. So come along as we explore this Gulf of Mexico island destination.
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CRUISING ASHORE: Big, Bold Houston

As the fourth largest U.S. city, Houston, TX, brims with family-friendly visitor diversions. Often cruisers who sail from Galveston visit Houston before or after their cruise. To help you plan your visit, Marcia Levin, senior contributing editor-senior travel, gives her top picks for family exploration of Houston. She's a frequent visitor to Houston and enjoys outings 'round town with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
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Cruising from Galveston? Come a day early or stay a day after your cruise. Galveston has beaches plus a historic area with shops, attractions and, yes, plenty of mouthwatering eateries. From burgers to seafood, muffulettas to Italian, you'll find an amazing array of choices.

How do you know what's best? Where should you go for the most savory pizza or the best view? Texas freelance writer Kathryn Straach, a long-time McKinney resident, gives her personal "Best Bet" choices for cruise visitors who want to chow down in Galveston.
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