Our charming town, Galena, offers one of the most magical places to marvel at the fall foliage near Chicago. As you drive down US-20 West, you’ll be delighted by the rich browns, vibrant oranges, crisp reds, and beautiful yellows elegantly painting our peaceful countryside.
Before you delight in the fall foliage near Chicago in Galena, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide to discover how to fully experience our scenic destination during your trip!
Where to See Fall Foliage Near Chicago
Whether you’ve seen the warm hues of autumn leaves in Galena before or it’ll be your first time, plan to experience this enchanting time of year with us! Not only will you see some of the most beautiful fall foliage near Chicago, but you’ll be in the midst of other excellent attractions.
When to See Fall Foliage Near Chicago
Fall colors in Illinois are simply extraordinary and are most vivid near Chicago from mid-September to late October. If you’re having trouble deciding where to go, use our local insights below to plan the ultimate autumn trip. Grab your jacket, bring your camera, and get ready to enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage near Chicago!
Explore the Many Trails
Whether you want to hike or ride down the many trails, you’ll enjoy the extraordinary fall foliage of Galena. One of our favorite paths is the Galena River Trail. From the highest point, enjoy the vistas of the Galena River and an overlook of the town. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a crisp autumn day! Another excellent spot is the Horseshoe Mound.
Lounge By the River
Enjoying the quiet sounds of the Galena River is a lovely way to spend a leisurely afternoon. You can sit on the banks with a gourmet picnic or rent a kayak from Fever River Outfitters.
While you’re there, take in the soft breezes brushing against your face with the scent of autumn filling the air. After your experience, make your way to Grant Park to surround yourself with the fall foliage of Galena while learning more about a facet of our town’s history.
Meander Through Linmar Gardens
In the heart of downtown, you’ll discover Linmar Gardens. This natural haven is stunning throughout the year and is one of the best places to see fall foliage near Chicago. Whether you sit in the gazebo, on one of the rock formations, or on a bench, you’ll be captivated by this scenic place. After your experience, refuel at one of the nearby restaurants on the Helluva Half Mile or join us for WineTime at Farmers Guest House!
Stroll Through the Vineyards
As the cooler weather sets in, sip, savor, and socialize at one of the local wineries: Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Massbach Ridge Winery, or Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery. Each of the wine lover’s destinations offers not only a wonderful place to indulge in exquisite blends but also to delight in the hues of fall in our scenic area. Once you’ve enjoyed some vino, purchase a bottle or two and head back to your accommodation with us.
Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you’re searching for unique ways to view the fall foliage near Chicago, book a tour with Galena on the Fly. This company affords you the opportunity to marvel at vistas that stretch on for miles from above our historic town.
Whether you ride during a sunrise or sunset, you’ll be delighted by the warmth of autumn, the golden sun rays, and the breathtaking views. It’s one of our guests’ favorite ways to spend a few hours!
Relax Together at Farmers Guest House
Once you’ve had your fill of fall foliage near Chicago in Galena, head back to your charming guest room at our luxurious bed and breakfast. Here at Farmers Guest House, we offer a selection of beautifully appointed accommodations, a famous gourmet breakfast, and more.
If you simply cannot get enough of autumn in the Midwest, ask about our Extend the Weekend special! When Friday and Saturday just aren’t enough, this enticing extra lets you add an evening, Thursday or Sunday, to your getaway.
Book your fall getaway today at the Farmers Guest House! We can’t wait to host you.