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Red-brick historic buildings and flashy casino lights, the untamed expanse of the Mississippi and manicured golf courses – Galena performs a balancing act of old tradition and natural resources with modern hedonism and leisure activities, and both its worlds are appealing. Whether you want to raft on America’s greatest river, discover the area’s mining history or test your mettle with Lady Luck, Galena is ideal for family vacations and romantic getaways, and for a small town, it certainly packs in plenty.

Things to see

Be swept up in the historic charm of Galena’s city center, where Lutheran church spires pierce the sky and the 19th century Old Market House still stands at the center of the community. Nowadays, it is a heritage museum, with exhibits telling the story of the mines and early settlers of the town. To really bring the history to life, take a ride around the city in one of the vintage carriages still in operation. The National Mississippi Museum and Aquarium makes a great family day out, where you’ll come face-to-face with marine creatures and discover some of the Mississippi’s history. Then relax on a river cruise or rent out a kayak for a trip on the mighty river. Later, you can have a flutter at one of the casinos nearby and enjoy a nightcap or two.

Hotels in Galena

Whether you are looking for a romantic resort with a spa, a simple budget hotel, or even a log cabin hideaway, Galena hotels are varied and offer good value for money. Luxury hotels in the area provide a resort experience, complete with full-service spas, onsite golf courses, and boutique rooms laden with high-quality furnishings. There is also a large selection of discount hotels and motels. Some offer self-catering apartments, while others have rooms and family suites equipped with satellite TVs, internet access, and complimentary breakfast buffets. Further from the center, you’ll find rural retreats in private cabins or guesthouses.

Where to stay

Central Galena is the best place to stay for a cultural break. The main historical sights are located here, along with a mix of independent shops, local restaurants, and beer distilleries. There are a couple of mid-range hotels here as well as more upmarket spa hotels. Alternatively you could stay on the banks of the Mississippi in nearby Dubuque, where golf courses, casinos, and river-based activities abound. There are numerous budget and good value hotels available here. If you’d prefer to be out in the sticks, head south of Galena and set up camp in a cabin in the woods.

How to get to Galena

The closest airport to Galena is the Dubuque Regional Airport, which receives regular flights from Chicago ‘O Hare International Airport. From Dubuque, it takes about half an hour to reach Galena city center, and about 15 minutes to reach Dubuque’s hotels. Taxis and rental cars are available at the terminal. Alternatively, you can come direct from Chicago, either by car or by bus, which is cheaper, and sometimes quicker. Most buses depart from the city center, but there are occasional services to Galena from O’Hare airport. The journey takes just over 2 hours from either the city or the airport.

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