The beautiful town of Galena rises from the historic downtown area along the Galena River to the top of a bluff overlooking the river. Well over a million visitors come to enjoy the town, the rolling hills of northwest Illinois, the breathtaking views of the Mississippi river and the Resort Communities of Eagle Ridge and Apple Canyon Lake. The area offers year round recreation with hiking and biking trails, golf courses, lakes and rivers for fishing, swimming and boating, horseback riding, hunting, snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing. Several thousand acres of wildlife preserves delight birdwatchers and nature lovers.
The arts, theatre and a sense of history thrive in this home of General Grant and nine other Civil War Generals. Within a few blocks walk you can see fine examples various architectural styles: Federal, Steamboat Gothic, Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Victorian, Queen Anne, Italianate, Arts and Crafts. There are plenty of restaurant choices for whatever suits your appetite: fine dining, casual fare, coffee shop or bar and grill. Diverse boutique shopping opportunities fill the downtown while groceries and necessities are available at the west end shopping area.
Dubuque, Iowa, a thriving city on the Mississippi River, is a short drive away. Dubuque has the historic ambiance and terrain of Galena, but on a much larger scale. Two Universities, several colleges, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Five Flags Event Center, the Grand Opera House, the Art Museum, the Arboretum, the Diamond Jo Casino, several malls and big box stores are all just 15 minutes from Galena.
The Galena area is a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement. The tri-county areas of Galena/Jo Daviess County in Illinois, Dubuque County in Iowa and Grant County in Wisconsin rank high in quality of life, good schools, friendly neighbors, and unspoiled natural beauty. Come see for yourself why many folks come to visit and decide to stay and make this beautiful area their full or part time home.