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If not for the modern-day goods sold in the retail establishments, you might think Galena was frozen in time. The six-block Main Street boasts striking examples of various architectural styles, ranging from French Colonial to Greek Revival, and a whopping 85% of the town is a national historic district. General Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th U.S. President, lived here briefly before leaving to head the Union troops in the Civil War. Upon his triumphant return, the town presented him with an elegant mansion. That house and other restored historic homes are open to the public. There's much more here to fascinate the history enthusiast: the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum, housed in a stunning... more If not for the modern-day goods sold in the retail establishments, you might think Galena was frozen in time. The six-block Main Street boasts striking examples of various architectural styles, ranging from French Colonial to Greek Revival, and a whopping 85% of the town is a national historic district. General Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th U.S. President, lived here briefly before leaving to head the Union troops in the Civil War. Upon his triumphant return, the town presented him with an elegant mansion. That house and other restored historic homes are open to the public. There's much more here to fascinate the history enthusiast: the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum, housed in a stunning Italianate home. Before its Civil War glory days, Galena was a booming lead-mining town. Today, you can descend underground into the Vinegar Hill Lead Mine. But don't stay down there too long, or you won't get to enjoy the rolling hills and lush valleys of this charming getaway, which also offers fine dining, numerous bed and breakfasts, golfing and antiquing. less

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Ulysses S. Grant Home
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Owner description: This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865 when a group of townspeople presented it as a gift to Ulysses S. Grant on his... more Owner description: This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865 when a group of townspeople presented it as a gift to Ulysses S. Grant on his victorious return from the Civil War. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum
Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum
Owner description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S... more Owner description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S. Grant (including an original painting depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender to Grant), plus other historical articles from Galena and Jo Daviess County. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Galena Trolley Tours
Galena Trolley Tours
Owner description: Galena Trolley Tours - One Hour Non-Stop Tour of the City, 2 1/2 Hour Tour of Homes(3 Home Tours). We have quality and affordability with 25 years behind us. All kids ride free... more Owner description: Galena Trolley Tours - One Hour Non-Stop Tour of the City, 2 1/2 Hour Tour of Homes(3 Home Tours). We have quality and affordability with 25 years behind us. All kids ride free and every customer gets a bag of popcorn. We have the cute little cherry apple red trolleys just in the flood gates on the right. Come check out our snack & gift shop and restrooms and relax while you wait for your tour. We care about our customers and want them to enjoy their time in Galena. less
Attraction type: Tramways; Bus Tours
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Grant Park
Grant Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Chestnut Mountain Resort
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Attraction type: Ski & Snowboard Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Otto's Place
Otto's Place
Ranked #1 of 62 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ranked #2 of 62 Restaurants in Galena
Price: $16 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub
Ranked #3 of 62 Restaurants in Galena
Price: $12 - $21
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Log Cabin Restaurant
Log Cabin Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 62 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Greek, Soups
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Perry Street Brasserie
Perry Street Brasserie
Ranked #5 of 62 Restaurants in Galena
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: International, European
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

DeSoto House Hotel
DeSoto House Hotel
$75 - $140
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Alice Synder House
Alice Synder House
$70 - $110
Ranked #8 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa
2.5 of 5
Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa
$77 - $225
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Galena
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
$99 - $225
Ranked #3 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
3.5 of 5
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
$98 - $215
Ranked #4 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
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Stoney Creek Inn
2.0 of 5
Stoney Creek Inn
$96 - $165
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Galena
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Bernadine's Stillman Inn
4.0 of 5
Bernadine's Stillman Inn
$182 - $294
Ranked #5 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
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Jail Hill Inn
4.0 of 5
Jail Hill Inn
$326 - $444
Ranked #6 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
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Goldmoor Inn
4.0 of 5
Goldmoor Inn
$315 - $367
Ranked #9 of 36 Galena B&B and Inns
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