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Galena, IL Travel and Vacation Getaways

Galena, Illinois Golf Course With over 1000 meticulously preserved and a rich industrial past, the city is a historic mining boomtown on the Mississippi River and an exciting tourist destination that offers access to golf, skiing, snowboarding and outdoor activities. The home of the U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, Galena is known as the “Town That Time Forgot” and features a wide selection of attractions, from regional museums and trolley tours to historic forts, horseback riding, wine tasting and much more.

Galena, Illinois Vacation Destination

Historic downtown with its quaint shops, cozy restaurants and antique cars lining the streets is impossible to resist. Climb up the stairs of the Ulysses S. Grant Home and learn about life and times of the Civil War. Get your photo taken in front of the green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" at the Italianate-style Belvedere Mansion or hit the greens at the General at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.

During ski and snowboard season, Chestnut Mountain Resort impresses pro and novices with all kinds of slopes, night skiing and family activities, not to mention great views of the Mississippi River. In the summer, enjoy a river cruise here.

Galena, Illinois Travel Tips

  • Packing tip – With so many treasures to be found at the quaint stores, a foldable bag lingering somewhere in your backpack can be a lifesaver.
  • Best Attraction – Galena History Museum – a great way to learn about local history and Civil War.
  • Best time to visit – Although charming throughout the year, Galena is especially pretty in late summer and early fall when it's still warm and the farmers' markets are brimming with fresh produce.

Weather - Climate (average high temperature)

  • January: 29°F
  • February: 34°F
  • March: 46°F
  • April: 60°F
  • May: 71°F
  • June: 81°F
  • July: 85°F
  • August: 83°F
  • September: 75°F
  • October: 63°F
  • November: 47°F
  • December: 33°F

Nearby Cities/Towns

  • Dubuque, IA
  • Monroe, WI
  • Sterling, IL
  • Freeport, IL
  • Rock Falls, IL
  • Davenport, IA
  • Dixon, IL

Nearby Airports

  • Dubuque Airport
  • Moline Airport
  • Chicago O'Hare Airport

Medical Facilities

  • Midwest Medical Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Finley Hospital