Galena is a must-experience destination in the Midwest especially if you live in Illinois. It is one of the unforgettable places to visit near Chicago with rolling hills, historic landmarks, and a super charming Main Street that will make you feel like you stepped into a Hallmark movie.
Start your visit at the historic Old Market House built in 1845 and now serves as Galena's Welcome Center. You'll learn about the fascinating history of the area and find information for your visit.
From springtime through fall, bike the River Trail, hike at Casper Bluff Preserve, or paddle the Galena River. The Alpine Slide, a 2,050-foot outdoor track, is a unique 2-minute adventure on the banks of the Mississippi River.
When the snow starts to fall, hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain, one of the most popular ski destinations in the Midwest, or ice skate, sled or snowshoe at The Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort.
While in town, hop on a trolley for a tour, visit wineries, and browse all the specialty and boutique shops.
Galena is on the Great River Road in Illinois along with some other special stops that make the scenic byway a unique Midwest road trip. Click on the link to read all about it!
Drive Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
On the Way: Rafters Restaurant, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Highway 20 Brewing Company, Horseshoe Mound Preserve, and Long Hollow Scenic Overlook.
What to Do: Galena Cellars Vineyard, Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena Trolley Tour, and Grant Park
Where to Eat & Drink: Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill, Durty Gurt's, The Log Cabin Steakhouse, Fried Green Tomatoes, Otto's Place, and Gobby's Sports Pub & Eatery.
Where to Stay: Cozy Hotel with an Indoor Pool & Spa and Cool Bar