In the far northwestern corner of the state, there’s a treasure of a town that beckons travelers. Galena has been around for two centuries, and there’s no place in the world quite like it. Packed with carefully preserved buildings from the 1800s, this old mining town celebrates the past while offering plenty of fresh surprises. It’s arguably the prettiest town in Illinois. I heard there have been some changes in this picturesque little town so I decided to lace up my shoes and hike through the heart of the Galena.

One of the best ways to explore a small town is on foot – it gives you a chance to slow down and take in the beauty of the place. It’s a good way to meet some interesting people and see the small details that tell a town’s story. I spend a lot of time on the road, and once I arrive in a community, I usually leave the car parked as much as I can. That’s exactly what I wanted to do in Galena. I was in for a few surprises.

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On this trip, I just scratched the surface of what you can experience in Galena. Plan your own Galena getaway and make your own discoveries with the Galena Country website.

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