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Galena Travel Guide

Once the home of Ulysses S. Grant, this city offers visitors a glimpse into 19th-century America with its redbrick buildings and interesting historical sites.

Visit Galena in Illinois to discover a rich history and learn about Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War General who went on to become the 18th President of the United States. Tour the house where Grant and his wife lived before he started his presidency and see the holographic video of the two that welcomes visitors.

Start your exploration of the area with a visit to the Ulysses S. Grant Home Museum. This house was given to Grant and his wife Julia by the city of Galena when he returned home from the Civil War in 1865. A hologram of the couple greets visitors as they enter and for a small fee you can take a tour of the interior. See authentic furniture from Grant’s day as well as a number of national treasures.

Head downtown and take a walk past the facades of the 19th-century buildings in Galena’s downtown area. The building facades alternate between brick red and bright white in color. Grab a bite to eat or shop for souvenirs at one of the many family-owned shops and restaurants that line the street.

On the east side of the river, stroll through Grant Park. Here, you will find a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and a cannon that fired at the battle of Fort Sumter during the Civil War. Visit the park in mid-October during the Galena Country Fair. Over 150 vendors converge on Grant Park to sell handmade goods like birdhouses, jewelry and clothing.

To experience a piece of contemporary Galena, make a stop at the West Street Sculpture Park. The artist John Martinson built every sculpture in the collection, which is spread over a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) plot.

Galena is a 3-hour drive from Chicago. For those flying in, the Dubuque Airport lies 23 miles (37 kilometers) away in Iowa. To reach Galena from the airport, rent a car or take a taxi or shuttle bus.


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Hotel Julien Dubuque

Hotel Julien Dubuque

200 Main Street, Dubuque
4.6
of 5, from 349 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Dubuque, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dubuque Welcome Center, National Rivers Hall of Fame, and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Dubuque Museum of Art and Riverboat Museum are also within 15 minutes.

£38
Days Inn Dubuque

Days Inn Dubuque

1111 Dodge St, Dubuque
3.1
of 5, from 307 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubuque, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Julien Dubuque Bridge, Dubuque Welcome Center, and Fourth Street Elevator. Dubuque Museum of Art and Carnegie-Stout Public Library are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£62
Galena Stoney Creek

Galena Stoney Creek

940 Galena Square Dr, Galena
4.5
of 5, from 359 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£67
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Galena

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Galena

11334 Oldenburg Ln, Galena
4.3
of 5, from 248 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Galena hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Bernadine's Stillman Inn

513 Bouthillier Street, Galena
4.9
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Home and Washburne House Historic Site. Old Market House and Horseshoe Mound are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£63
Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa

Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa

11383 US Highway 20, Galena
4.2
of 5, from 329 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£64
Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

350 Bell St, Dubuque
3.9
of 5, from 155 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Dubuque, this hotel is steps from National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Grand River Center, and National Rivers Hall of Fame. Riverboat Museum and National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.

£60
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dubuque

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dubuque

1315 Associates Dr, Dubuque
3.9
of 5, from 114 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubuque, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kennedy Mall, Bell Tower Theater, and Bunker Hill Golf Course. University of Dubuque and Loras College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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