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Galena is the largest city in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, situated in the upper northwest corner of the state. The city has a population of approximately 3,400 residents and is known for its historical architecture, golf and ski resorts. Galena was the home of Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War General and 18th President of the U.S. Today, Grants home is a popular tourist attraction. Several other notables lived in Galena, including eight other U.S. Generals, writer Herman Melville and explorer Frederick Schwatka. Eighty-five percent of the structures in Galena are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Old Market House State Historic Site, built in 1845 and today a museum of local social history. Galenas downtown Main Street is lined with many gift shops and restaurants and also a local winery. The region is home to several beautiful golf courses, ski resorts and full service spas. Jo Daviess Countys landscape is perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as downhill skiing and snowboarding. Other things to do include horse-drawn sleigh rides, relaxing in one of several bed and breakfast inns or taking a guided nature tour of bald eagle wintering sites. The area also boasts a large number of artists and craftspeople with many art galleries, studios and museums open to the public.

Surrounding areas: Apple Canyon Lake, Illinois (13.4 mi)

Galena Vacation Rentals

Galena Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Quiet House Suites9915 Rt 20 EGalena, IL (815) 777-2577
Carl Johnson Gallery Guest Suite202 S Main StGalena, IL (815) 777-1222
Chestnut Mountain Resort8700 W Chestnut RdGalena, IL (815) 777-1320
Country Inn & Suites11334 Oldenburg LnGalena, IL (815) 777-2400
Desoto House230 S Main StGalena, IL (815) 777-0090
Eagle Ridge Inn And ResortGalena, IL (815) 777-2444
Four Oaks Guest House6594 Rt 84NGalena, IL (815) 777-9567
Grant Hills MotelRt 20 EGalena, IL (815) 777-2116
Lefevre Inn And Resort9917 W Deininger LnGalena, IL (815) 777-3929
Main Street Inn404 S Main StGalena, IL (815) 777-3454
Mother's Country Inn349 SPG StGalena, IL (815) 777-3153
Palace Motel11383 W Rt 20Galena, IL (815) 777-2043
Renaissance Suites & Rooms Galena324 & 328 Spring StGalena, IL (815) 777-0123
Steamboat House605 S ProspectGalena, IL (815) 777-3128
Stoney Creek Inn Of Galena940 Galena Square DrGalena, IL (815) 777-2223
The Irish Cottage Hotel & Frank O'dowd's Irish Pub9853 Us Hwy 20Galena, IL (815) 776-0707
Triangle Motel1011 Gear StGalena, IL (815) 777-2897
Victorian Mansion301 S High StGalena, IL (815) 777-0675
Timmerman's Motor Lodge7777 Timmerman DrEast Dubuque, IL11.5 mi.(815) 747-3181
Captain Merry Guest House399 Sinsinawa AveEast Dubuque, IL12.0 mi.(815) 747-3644
L & L Motel20170 Rt 20 WEast Dubuque, IL12.1 mi.(815) 747-3931
Swiss Inn Motel20670 Hwy 20 WEast Dubuque, IL12.1 mi.(815) 747-3136
Terrapin Ridge Inn1511 US 20 EElizabeth, IL12.7 mi.(815) 858-3629
The View Motel2500 Hwy 20 WElizabeth, IL12.7 mi.(815) 858-2205
Hilton Garden Inn1801 Greyhound Park DrDubuque, IA13.1 mi.(563) 585-5200
Hilton Garden Inn1801 Greyhound Park DrDubuque, IA13.1 mi.(563) 585-5200
Country Inn & Suites1315 Associate DrDubuque, IA13.3 mi.(563) 583-2500
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Dubuque3400 Dodge Street/hwy 20WDubuque, IA13.3 mi.(563) 588-2349
Heartland Inn2090 Southpark CtDubuque, IA13.3 mi.(563) 556-6555
Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena450 Main StDubuque, IA13.3 mi.(563) 556-2000
Days Inn - Dubuque1111 Dodge StDubuque, IA13.7 mi.(563) 583-3297
The Hancock House1105 Grove TerDubuque, IA13.7 mi.(563) 557-8989
The Richards House1492 Locust StDubuque, IA13.8 mi.(563) 557-1002
Motel 62670 Dodge StDubuque, IA15.0 mi.(563) 556-0880
Super 8 Motel Dubuque2730 Dodge StDubuque, IA15.1 mi.(563) 582-8898
Midway Hotel3100 Dodge StDubuque, IA15.5 mi.(563) 557-8000
Hampton Inn Dubuque3434 Dodge StDubuque, IA15.9 mi.(563) 690-2005
Dubuque Comfort Inn4055 Mcdonald DrDubuque, IA16.4 mi.(563) 556-3006
Heartland Inn4025 Mcdonald DrDubuque, IA16.4 mi.(563) 582-3752
Mainstay Suites1275 Associates DrDubuque, IA16.7 mi.(563) 557-7829
Bed & Breakfast
Pine Hollow Inn And Bed & Breakfast4700 North Council HLGalena, IL (815) 777-2975
Squires Manor Bed & Breakfast418 W Pleasant StMaquoketa, IA27.3 mi.(563) 652-6961

Galena Weather & Climate

North Central Illinois has four clearly defined seasons with very warm summers and cold winters. July is usually the hottest month and January is the coldest. In winter, cold air masses from Canada bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. The area is prone to snowstorms and blizzards are frequent winter occurrences. The area averages 36 inches of snowfall in a normal winter, but greater amounts are possible. Northern Illinois also experiences violent thunderstorms during the months of March, April, May and June. Other severe weather events, such as hail and strong winds are common in these storms. Flooding in the region can also be a problem. Autumn is often the best time of year in northern Illinois with sunny, mild days and cool nights that are perfect for fall color tours and other activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January - - 1.28 in. -
February - - 1.47 in. -
March - - 2.46 in. -
April - - 3.48 in. -
May - - 3.99 in. -
June - - 4.73 in. -
July - - 3.75 in. -
August - - 4.20 in. -
September - - 3.81 in. -
October - - 2.31 in. -
November - - 2.76 in. -
December - - 1.85 in. -

Galena Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Dubuque Regional airport (DBQ) located about 14 miles west of Galena in Dubuque, Iowa, the Whiteside County Jos H Bittorf airport (SQI) located approximately 60 miles southeast of Galena in Sterling Rock Falls, Illinois, the Quad City International airport (MLI) located roughly 67 miles south of Galena in Moline, Illinois, and finally the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located around 69 miles east of Galena in Rockford, Illinois.

Galena Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI86.2 mi.
Big Chief's Kart and Coaster WorldWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Extreme WorldWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Mt. Olympus Theme ParkWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Noah's ArkWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Paul Bunyan's Adventure GolfWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Riverview Park & WaterworldWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Timber Falls Adventure ParkWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Water Parks
Wacky WatersDavenportIA62.4 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL76.6 mi.
Family Land Water Amusement ParkWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Noah's Ark Family ParkWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Riverview WaterworldWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL112.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Galena Golf ClubGalenaIL 
Bellevue Golf ClubBellevueIA11.7 mi.
Lacoma Golf ClubEast DubuqueIL11.9 mi.
Cole Acres Golf CourseCuba CityWI12.5 mi.
Bunker Hill Golf CourseDubuqueIA13.1 mi.
Meadows Golf ClubDubuqueIA13.1 mi.
Apple Canyon Lake Golf CourseApple RiverIL14.0 mi.
Birchwood Golf CourseKielerWI14.1 mi.
Storybrook Country ClubHanoverIL15.3 mi.
Platteville Golf & Country ClubPlattevilleWI21.6 mi.
Timberline Golf CoursePeostaIA21.6 mi.
Stockton Atwood Community Golf ClubStocktonIL22.5 mi.
Woodbine Bend Golf CourseStocktonIL22.5 mi.
Darlington Country ClubDarlingtonWI24.2 mi.
Palisades Golf CourseSavannaIL26.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL 
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL72.5 mi.
Christmas Mountain VillageWisconsin DellsWI89.8 mi.
Skyline Ski AreaFriendshipWI111.5 mi.
State Parks
Mines of Spain State ParkIA12.2 mi. 
Bellevue State ParkIA12.4 mi. 
Bellevue State ParkIA13.9 mi. 
Apple River Canyon State ParkIL19.3 mi. 
First Capitol State ParkWI23.8 mi. 
Mississippi Palisades State ParkIL24.5 mi. 
Maquoketa Caves State ParkIA28.0 mi. 
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State ParkIL30.5 mi. 
Nelson Dewey State ParkWI36.6 mi. 
White Pine Hollow State ParkIA37.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI68.9 mi.
International Crane FoundationBarabooWI80.5 mi.

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