The Galveston Island State Park is getting a big honor from the Travel Channel. It was recently named as one of the top five "Best Gulf Coast Beaches."
The state park, which is located in Galveston's West End, was the only Texas beach to make the list.
The list also names Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., West Ship Island, Miss., along with Destin and George Island in Florida.
The article describes Galveston as feeling like "a major resort destination" able to attract visitors from across the country to its beaches and downtown historic district. It dubs the Galveston Island State Park a "quiet oasis" where visitors can break from the masses to enjoy outdoor activities like bird-watching, biking, picnicking, fishing and beach camping.
The recognition from the Travel Channel comes just weeks after Family Vacation Critic named Galveston one of the "Top 10 Family Vacations in 2013."