Traveling to Galena? Here’s What You Need to Experience

Are you thinking of traveling to Galena? Our small town in Joe Daviess County, IL, has something for everyone! Tour historic sites, explore scenic trails, sip locally sourced wine, and more during your trip to Galena. Read on to discover five of our favorite ways to spend the day exploring Galena, Illinois!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our exclusive Galena Vacation Guide! This resource is filled with local insight on what to do during your visit to our area.

5 Activities You Can’t Miss When You’re Traveling to Galena  

1. Historic Main Street 

Historic Main Street is the busiest part of Galena. Our thriving downtown area is filled with specialty shops, great restaurants, and more. Even better, it’s all within walking distance of Farmers Guest House! Reserve your room at our Galena, IL, bed and breakfast to stay just a stone’s throw away from our small town’s best attractions.  

2. Ulysses S. Grant Home 

Did you know that the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was from Galena? You can visit Ulysses S. Grant’s home during your visit to Galena! Visitors are welcome to step back in time with a historic home tour. The Civil War-era furnishings and finishes of this home have been meticulously maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It truly feels like you’re back in the 1800s!  

3. Galena Cellars 

Who says that you need to visit the West Coast to sip on delicious blends? Get a taste of what the rolling hills of our state have to offer with a visit to Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyard! This winery has a vineyard and a tasting room in Galena that are both open to the public.

4. Galena River Trail 

Head to the Galena River Trail when you feel the urge to explore the outdoors! This 8.8-mile scenic trail is great for hiking or biking along the Galena River. This route features several intersecting trails that you can wander onto. A local favorite is the Galena Junction Trail that leads you through the rolling hills to the backwaters of the Mississippi River! 

5. Farmers Guest House  

No experience traveling to Galena would be complete without a stay at Farmers Guest House! Our Galena, IL, bed and breakfast is in the heart of downtown Galena, so it’s easy to walk to most of our town’s attractions. After a day of strolling around Galena, come back and rest in one of our guest rooms. Any overnight stay at our bed and breakfast comes with complimentary access to our amenities. These include daily breakfast, afternoon wine hour, access to our day spa, and more!  

Consider a stay in the Charlotte Suite. This two-room suite features a king-size bed, gas fireplace, whirlpool tub, private bathroom, and a private entrance!  

Check our availability to start planning your trip to Galena. We can’t wait to welcome you!