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Milwaukee, WI to Galena, IL: How to Make the Most Out of Your Getaway

Living in a big city like Milwaukee 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 hours outside of the city. So grab your favorite tunes, pack your bags, and hit the road for an unforgettable road trip from Milwaukee, WI 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 Milwaukee, WI to Galena, IL

Plan the Road Trip

Depending on the route you choose, the drive from Milwaukee to Galena is about 160 miles and typically takes just under three hours with ideal traffic. We recommend taking Interstate 94 West, so you can stop in Madison halfway through your trip. As the capital of Wisconsin, the city is a great place for a history lesson and to stop for a delicious meal. Although this route is a bit longer than others, it takes the same amount of driving time, so we think it’s worth it.

The Route

Take I-94 West for about 70 miles until you get to Madison. Once you’re in the city, take exit 240A on the left to merge onto I-90 East toward Janesville. After less than four miles, take exit 142A to get onto US 18 West/US 151 South. You then take exit 258 after about eight miles. Once you’re off the exit, follow the signs and turn left to stay on US 18 West/US 151 South. Stay on the highway for about 65 miles until you get to exit 19. Take the exit to merge onto Wisconsin State Road 80. After about 15 miles, you’ll cross the Illinois state line and the road with change to Illinois State Road 84. Turn left onto US Highway 20 West after about 4 miles. Stay on the road, and it will turn into Spring Street. You should see Farmers Guest House on the right after about three miles!

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 Milwaukee, WI to Galena, IL!