As winter fades and the promise of spring dawns, there is still time for more winter fun getaways. One of my favorite destinations is just a car ride away from me to Galena, IL where there is always something for everyone in the family to do.
Galena is a small town in northwest Illinois known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings like the 1826 Dowling House. The Italianate Ulysses S. Grant Home was a gift from local citizens to the Civil War general who later became a U.S. president. Horseshoe Mound, on the outskirts of Galena, offers views of three states. Other mounds, thought to be ancient ceremonial sites, can be seen at Casper Bluff.
It is divided from the state of Iowa by the great Mississippi River on its west side which offers fantastic scenic views throughout its trails. It has a quaint little main street historic district with all types of unique shops, restaurants, and taverns. It has many museums and historic sites, like the Ulysses S. Grant home, the U.S. Grant History Museum, Belvedere Mansion & the Joe Daviess County Historical Society to name a few.
It has many rental homes, inn’s, Bed and breakfasts, and luxurious resorts to stay at while you visit. Its kind and friendly locals make you feel welcomed when visiting and gives it a very home like atmosphere.
There are endless winter weather sports activities there, from skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, tobogganing, to ice skating as well as. Many of these have beautiful lodges with them where you can warm up and enjoy a good meal after a day outdoors on the slopes.
It offers fun for the entire family regardless of age, it’s not a very long get away perfect for a long weekend, it is a fun and affordable winter get away.
Galena is a popular tourist destination hosting well over one million visitors each year. I hope you get the opportunity to adventure to it and enjoy it as much as I have.
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