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Attention: Advance travel planning and early visa application are strongly encouraged for non-US citizens traveling to the United States. Visit the US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs web site for more information regarding the procedure for obtaining a visa or information regarding the ESTA application.

Note: Citizens of a Visa Waiver Program country travelling to the USA must now possess a machine readable passport and an ESTA approval card. ESTA applications may be submitted any time prior to travel and generally remain valid for two years.

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Driving Directions

Directions from Hobby Airport: Begin at William P. Hobby on Lockheed Ave and go North for 0.2 miles. Turn left on Convair St and go West for 200 feet. Turn right on Telephone Rd, TX-35 and go North for 0.3 miles. Turn right on Airport Blvd and go East for 2.4 miles. Turn right on Gulf Fwy and go Southeast for 0.6 miles. Continue on ramp at sign reading "I-45 S" and go Southeast for 0.3 miles. Travel Interstate 45 South (Gulf Freeway) to the Galveston Causeway. Soon after crossing the Causeway, I-45 becomes Broadway (SR-87, Ave. J). Continue traveling along Broadway for approximately 2.6 miles. Turn right (south) on 25th St. (Rosenberg Ave.) and continue .8 miles to Seawall Boulevard. Turn left onto Seawall Blvd. and continue northeast for approximately .4 miles. Hotel Galvez will be on your left at 2024 Seawall Blvd.

Directions from Bush Airport: Begin at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Terminal Rd S and go East for 0.6 miles. Bear left and go Southeast for 300 feet. Turn left on Greens Rd and go East for 2.4 miles. Turn right on Eastex Fwy, US-59, US-59 N and go South for 0.6 miles. Bear left on ramp and go South for 1000 feet. Continue on Eastex Fwy, US-59 and go South for 14 miles. Bear right on ramp at sign reading "I-45 to Galveston / Dallas" and go South for 0.6 miles. Travel Interstate 45 South (Gulf Freeway) to the Galveston Causeway. Soon after crossing the Causeway, I-45 becomes Broadway (SR-87, Ave. J). Continue traveling along Broadway for approximately 2.6 miles. Turn right (south) on 25th St. (Rosenberg Ave.) and continue .8 miles to Seawall Boulevard. Turn left onto Seawall Blvd. and continue northeast for approximately .4 miles. Hotel Galvez will be on your left at 2024 Seawall Blvd.

Public and Private Transportation

  • Cool Tours Galveston (Phone: 409-539-5374)
    Cool Tours Galveston provides private transfers to and from the Bush and Hobby airports. Reservations can be made via email or by phone at 409-539-5374. All reservation confirmations will be emailed to guests and include pickup procedure details. Please visit their web site for more information.
  • Galveston Shuttle Bus (Phone: 409-632-6412 | Fax: 409-765-5623)
    Hotel Galvez has arranged shuttle transportation for GRC conferees on the first and last days of the meeting. Refer to the "GRS Buses" menu above for more information, pricing and reservations.
  • Galveston.com Airport Transfer Reservation Service
    Galveston.com provides a list of reputable and reliable limousine and shuttle services in the Galveston and Houston area to and from Galveston and Houston airports. Please visit the web site linked above for more information or reservations.

Airlines and Airports

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport is about 71 miles north of Galveston and is presently served by 17 scheduled passenger airlines. Visit the Airport’s web site for a complete list of airlines.
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
    William P. Hobby Airport is about 45 miles north of Galveston. Many major airlines (including AirTran, American, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest) fly to HOU.

Car Rentals

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Phone: 800-261-7331)
    Enterprise offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.
  • National Car Rental (Phone: 800-227-7368)
    National Car Rental offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.

Special Accommodations for Before or After the Meeting

  • Hotel Galvez (Phone: 409-765-7721)
    If you wish to extend your stay at the Hotel Galvez beyond the dates included in the conference registration, you must make arrangements prior to the conference. To make advance reservations for additional nights at a discounted rate, please download and print the 2017 Reservation Form (PDF format), fill in the required information, and email a copy of the completed form to Melanie Zapata, Reservation Coordinator. The GRC discounted rates, effective January - March, are $159 Sunday through Fridays and $209 on Saturdays, except Mardi Gras weekends (Feb 17-18 and Feb 24-25 ), which are $269.

Helpful Links

Area Attractions (2016)
Click (or right-click and save) the link above to download a PDF file with details about several attractions in the Galveston area.

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Newsletter (2016)
Click the link above to view a newsletter which contains details about the Galveston area, GRC excursions, and more.

Galveston.com
Official Web Site of Galveston Island, Texas Tourism

Galveston Parks & Recreation

Moody Gardens

Moody Mansion Museum

Galveston Historical Foundation: The Strand Visitors Center

For additional information about the area (including off-site housing and child-care), please contact the local Chamber of Commerce.
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