From an article in the February Thrillist. 8 AMERICAN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS THAT ARE ABOUT TO BLOW UP 1. Albuquerque 2. Boulder 3. St. Petersburg, FL 4. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico 5. Houston 6. Reno 7. Outer Banks, NC 8. Mesa, AZ BY MATT MELTZER "Houston, TX Right now, you are pointing to your screen and yelling: "There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to go to Houston. Ever." And we might tend to agree with you. But you know who doesn’t? Travel experts. Orbitz.com found a 60% increase in flight and hotel bookings in Houston over the past five years. And which city had the second-most hotel rooms built in 2015 after New York City? No, not Miami, Not Las Vegas. Freaking Houston. Yes, yes, we get that a lot of that travel is for conventions, conferences, and business, but as Orbitz.com's senior editor Jeanenne Tornatore puts it: "Houston has shown that low gas prices can drive regional tourism and attract travelers hoping to cut costs." So, admittedly, it may be the towns on the Texas coast that are the true up-and-comers, but at least Houston is cool enough to get its own Thrillist edition." An underhanded, yet gracious compliment. *Apologies for the incorrect quoting format.