Galena, IL

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Once the home of Ulysses S. Grant, this city offers visitors a glimpse into 19th-century America with its redbrick buildings and interesting historical sites.

Visit Galena in Illinois to discover a rich history and learn about Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War General who went on to become the 18th President of the United States. Tour the house where Grant and his wife lived before he started his presidency and see the holographic video of the two that welcomes visitors.

Start your exploration of the area with a visit to the Ulysses S. Grant Home Museum. This house was given to Grant and his wife Julia by the city of Galena when he returned home from the Civil War in 1865. A hologram of the couple greets visitors as they enter and for a small fee you can take a tour of the interior. See authentic furniture from Grant’s day as well as a number of national treasures.

Head downtown and take a walk past the facades of the 19th-century buildings in Galena’s downtown area. The building facades alternate between brick red and bright white in color. Grab a bite to eat or shop for souvenirs at one of the many family-owned shops and restaurants that line the street.

On the east side of the river, stroll through Grant Park. Here, you will find a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and a cannon that fired at the battle of Fort Sumter during the Civil War. Visit the park in mid-October during the Galena Country Fair. Over 150 vendors converge on Grant Park to sell handmade goods like birdhouses, jewelry and clothing.

To experience a piece of contemporary Galena, make a stop at the West Street Sculpture Park. The artist John Martinson built every sculpture in the collection, which is spread over a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) plot.

Galena is a 3-hour drive from Chicago. For those flying in, the Dubuque Airport lies 23 miles (37 kilometers) away in Iowa. To reach Galena from the airport, rent a car or take a taxi or shuttle bus.

Stoney Creek Inn Galena
Stoney Creek Inn Galena
2 out of 5
940 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL
The price is $74 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galena-Jo Daviess County History Museum and Mississippi River. Old Market House and Dowling House ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Clean Hotel, comfortable bed and shower."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Stoney Creek Inn Galena
Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
3.5 out of 5
9853 US-20, Galena, IL
The price is $84 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grant Home and Mississippi River. Washburne House Historic Site and Belvedere Mansion ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (227 reviews)
"We stay here every time we come to Galena and we love it!"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL
2.5 out of 5
11334 Oldenburg Ln, Galena, IL
The price is $75 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Galena hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galena Golf Club and Mississippi River. Galena-Jo Daviess County History Museum and Old Market House ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Caring and courteous staff. Great bed. Loved easy access to outlets and usb for charging. The pool and hot tub were not very clean. Putting the microwave in a low cabinet makes it hard to access or read the controls. The refrigerator froze everything. It may have been because it too was I inside ..."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RECENTLY RENOVATED! 20% OFF 7 NTS! PET FRIENDLY! REAL FIREPLACE & GREAT VIEW!
RECENTLY RENOVATED! 20% OFF 7 NTS! PET FRIENDLY! REAL FIREPLACE & GREAT VIEW!
Galena, IL
The price is $159 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Galena, this family-friendly villa is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Mississippi River, and within 6 mi (10 km) of West Street Sculpture Park and Grant Home. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (246 reviews)
Great Stay!
"Easy, accessible, and close to Chestnut Mountain and Galena. Made for a great getaway, perfect for traveler's coming from Chicago."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

RECENTLY RENOVATED! 20% OFF 7 NTS! PET FRIENDLY! REAL FIREPLACE & GREAT VIEW!
Private 3bedroom home, close to golf, historic Galena, skiing, lake, hiking...
Private 3bedroom home, close to golf, historic Galena, skiing, lake, hiking...
Galena, IL
The price is $160 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in The Galena Territory, this vacation home is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Mississippi River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grant Home and Washburne House Historic ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (116 reviews)
Ringing in the New Year 2022
"We were a foursome of two couples celebrating New Years together. The home was easy to find and nicely situated within a wooded lot. The home is dated, but very clean. We had a lovely wooded view and many inches of snow on New Years Day. The service used to clear the driveway did a great job. The ..."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Private 3bedroom home, close to golf, historic Galena, skiing, lake, hiking...
2 bdrm, 2 bath Condo
2 bdrm, 2 bath Condo
Galena, IL
Located in The Galena Territory, this condo building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mississippi River, Grant Home, and Washburne House Historic Site. Belvedere Mansion ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (18 reviews)
Great holiday get away.
"We stayed for Thanksgiving. Did lots of shopping, walking and hiking. Dogs loved it too."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

2 bdrm, 2 bath Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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