Explore the top things to do in historic Galena

Whether you prefer to spend your time swinging a golf club, kayaking, or shopping, the Country Inn & Suites places you near the top things to do in Galena. Our hotel is just minutes from local breweries, distilleries, and wineries, making it easy to grab a refreshing drink after a day spent outdoors. For a taste of local history, take a walking tour of Main Street or hop aboard a trolley to tour Galena's Historic District. You can even go on a ghost tour—if you dare! Before you head home, make time to catch a show at the P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre or practice your Child's Pose at a goat yoga class.

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Apple River Fort State Historic Site

14.55 mi / 23.41 km from the hotel
You can tour a replica of the original fort, where a small band of soldiers mounted a successful defense against superior numbers during the Black Hawk War.

Galena Grant Park

2.03 mi / 3.27 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic and head to this green-filled park next to the Galena River. In addition to a pavilion, a scenic fountain, and historic monuments, the park boasts a bridge that provides easy access into downtown Galena.

Downtown Galena

1.98 mi / 3.19 km from the hotel
Dubbed a "Helluva Half Mile," Galena's 19th-century Main Street boasts over 100 charming shops. Browse the trendy boutiques, savor an ice-cream cone, or sample local wines all in the heart of downtown.

Galena River Trail

9.22 mi / 14.84 km from the hotel
Stay active on this scenic trail that boasts stunning views of the Galena River and ample opportunities to hike, bike, and cross-country ski.

Horseshoe Mound Preserve

3.66 mi / 5.9 km from the hotel
Lace up your hiking boots and climb to the top of Horseshoe Mound Preserve, which offers stunning views overlooking Galena. Afterward, explore the 40-acre grounds while you hike, bird-watch, or take a guided walking tour.

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

2.2 mi / 3.54 km from the hotel
Movie buffs enjoy seeing the iconic green drapes used to make Scarlett O'Hara's dress in Gone with the Wind, and history enthusiasts can marvel at the original craftsmanship of this 22-room mansion, built in 1857.

Chestnut Mountain Resort

8.66 mi / 13.94 km from the hotel
Whether you take to the ski slopes in the winter or fly down the Alpine Slide in the summer, you can experience family-friendly thrills all year long at Chestnut Mountain Resort.

Dowling House

1.81 mi / 2.92 km from the hotel
Get a peek into Galena's past with a visit to this former trading post, which offers visitors a closer look at 19th-century relics and artifacts.

Galena on the Fly, Inc.

6.08 mi / 9.78 km from the hotel
Take in the beautiful Jo Daviess County countryside from a 3,000-foot vantage aboard one of the country’s largest hot-air balloons. Flights can accommodate up to 14 people, making this a great team or family outing.

Linmar Gardens

1.92 mi / 3.09 km from the hotel
Lose yourself in the natural beauty of this 3.5-acre park, which is home to a gorgeous array of vibrant foliage and a 20-foot waterfall.

Ulysses S. Grant Home

2.22 mi / 3.57 km from the hotel
Home of the 18th president of the United States, this historic site was gifted to Grant by the city of Galena for his heroic Civil War leadership.