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Why a Getaway From Des Moines IA to Galena IL Is Good For the Soul

Living in a big city like Des Moines is exciting and has countless advantages. But sometimes, you just need to get away, right? Galena, Illinois, has become a favorite destination for those who need a break from the norm. We’re just three and a half hours outside of the city. So grab your favorite tunes, pack your bags, and hit the road for an unforgettable road trip from Des Moines, IA to Galena, IL this weekend! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our complimentary Galena Vacation Guide. This online guide is filled with local recommendations on what to do during your trip to our area! 

How to Get From Des Moines, IA to Galena, IL

Plan the Road Trip

The drive from Des Moines to Galena is about 210 miles and typically takes just under three and a half hours with ideal traffic. We recommend stopping in Cedar Rapids about halfway through your trip. The city is a great place to stop for a delicious meal or check out one of the many museums.

The Route

From Des Moines, you’re going to start by taking Interstate 235 East until you get to I-80 East. Take the exit towards Davenport. After about four miles, take exit 142 to get off the interstate, and turn left onto Hubbell Avenue/US-65 North. After about 15 miles, stay straight when the road turns into Highway 330. Turn right onto US-30 East after about 20 miles. Stay on the road for about 75 miles until you get to exit 259. Take the ramp towards Marion to get onto US-151 North. After about eight miles, turn right into Old Dubuque Road to stay on US-151 North. Follow the highway for about 55 miles until you get to fork. Keep left toward Dubuque and merge onto US-151 North/US-61 North. After about five miles, take the Locust Street exit. Stay on the street for about a mile; then, turn right onto Dodge Street/US-20. You’ll soon pass the Mississippi River marking the Illinois state line. The road with turn into Spring Street, and you should see Farmers Guest House on the right about 15 miles after turning onto Dodge Street.

Things to Do in Galena

Outdoor adventurers will love a hike in Apple Canyon State Park. Or, stroll through Linmar Gardens for a peaceful day with annuals and perennials. History buffs can immerse themselves in the town’s rich past and even take a tour of the historic homes of Galena! But, if you just want to come to relax with a glass of wine, there are fantastic wineries in the area and annual events like Galena Wine Lovers Weekend!

Book the Perfect Galena Bed and Breakfast

With your sights set on our charming town, you’ll want to book the best place to stay in Galena. Farmers Guest House is a historic landmark in and of itself. Select one of our nine accommodations and enjoy comfy bedding, tons of privacy, and a delicious, if not decadent, breakfast each morning. If you haven’t stayed at a bed and breakfast before, you’re in for an amazing experience. We’re also within walking distance of some of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and shops!

Browse our rooms and suites, and start planning your getaway from Des Moines, IA to Galena, IL!