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Texas: Galveston Island
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Texas: Galveston Island

After 2008’s Hurricane Ike destroyed 40,000 trees in Galveston Island, residents and environmentalists turned the dead oak trees into sculptures displayed all over town, which you can see by taking a self-guided driving tour. Another major draw is The Strand Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District where Victorian buildings house restaurants, shops, and museums. Heart-palpitating rides such as the 200-foot-tall Texas Star Flyer and classic Gulf Glider swing carousel line The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier that stretches over the Gulf of Mexico waters. 

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