Galena, Illinois Attractions

Written by Aida Solomon
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Anyone looking to find a bit of rustic romance or a taste of history will find Galena, Illinois, the perfect fit. Located in the Northwestern corner of the Prairie State, Galena is a preserved treasure of the kind of old West where John Wayne drew his guns for a shootout. This quaint town of less than 5,000 is situated along the Galena river, nestled among lush valleys and hills, providing one of the most stunning natural scenes of the Midwest. Families in need of breaking the mundane routines of soccer practices and dinner in front of the TV or couples looking for a private and serene weekend away can take advantage of Galena’s scenery as well as its renowned architecture and history.

Historic Galena: Like the Wild, Wild West

Galena attracts over one million tourists a year to the historic lead-mine town founded by the Sac and Fox tribes. As the rural farming community developed industries over the centuries, it began boasting impressive architecture and history. Over 85% of the entire city of Galena listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss out on the Dowling House, Galena’s oldest home and original trading post, or the Galena History Museum, and be sure to experience the civil war and steamboat exhibits. If you are into the supernatural, the Annie Wiggins Ghost tour will send shivers down your spine as you explore cemeteries and hear ghastly tales of Galena’s past. If you are looking for a more relaxing Galena experience try the Galena Trolley Depot Theatre with some of the community’s most talented actors or a tour through BRIO Art Gallery featuring original work from local artists. For a bite to eat Galena offers a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Italian to International, all sure to water your taste buds.

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a trip down American history, Galena is sure to offer beautiful scenery and a friendly environment. Plan out the perfect family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway today—don’t forget to look for the best hotel rates and tour packages available.

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