8) La Porte, Texas
Located 26 miles east of Houston, La Porte is located on Galveston Bay just below the Houston Ship Channel. This small Texas town has a special allure that have kept families around for centuries. Perhaps it’s the laid-back pace of life Le Porte offers. Or the charming boutique and thrift shops, locally owned restaurants and friendly neighbors. It could be the reasonable median home value of $174,500. Whatever the reason, La Porte definitely has appeal. Residents frequent Sylvian Beach for peaceful days spent on the water and fishing from the 1,100-foot pier. La Porte is also proud of its history. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest stone column monument structure in the world commemorating the decisive battle during the Texas Revolution. Drive a few miles north and you’ll find the Battleship Texas floating museum, considered the most powerful weapon in the world during its use in WWI and WWII.