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scenic route chicago to Galena

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scenic route chicago to Galena

Has anyone ever taken a more scenic rout from Chicago to Galena--travelign west, then along the Mississippi tthrough the Palisades State Park? Was it worth it?

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I have been to Galena several times and the only route I have taken is route 20 West to Galena. About 45 min to an hour past Rockford, the drive on the 20 is very scenic. I would have to say one of the best in the state. It has beautiful rolling hills. Don't forget to stop at the wooden observation tower for a great view just outside of Galena. Enjoy your trip.

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If you are taking #20 to Galena from Rockford, take the Old Stagecoach Trail route (starts around Lena).

Have you been to Apple River Canyon State Park?

Edited: 1:03 pm, September 16, 2011
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The wooden observation tower mentioned by another writer is no longer open for the public, so don't count on doing this. The Stagecoach Trail is great as is a stop in Apple River Canyon State Park. Lena has a cheese factory, too, and this is an excellent stop to get your cheese. Just off of Route 20 between Freeport and Rockford is the town of Pecatonica. They have gorgeous old trees which are beautiful in the fall, and a Prairie Path for walking which has many miles of great hiking.

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4. Re: scenic route chicago to Galena

I'd take US 20. Stagecoach Trail is nice as well. Took Rt 64 once and had no particular value.

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