Galena Staycation Ideas

There's no need to travel far from home to experience the joys of a vacation. Those who live in or around Galena, Illinois, can enjoy a relaxing and invigorating vacation with a planned staycation. Locals often miss out on experiencing their area's attractions and popular landmarks. A Galena staycation is a great way to kick back, relax, and have fun discovering some of the best their hometown has to offer. 

Learn about Galena's haunted history

Galena's haunted history. Photo credit:

Locals might have walked down Galena's Main Street a hundred times, but most don't know about its haunted past. The All About a Ghost Tour takes people on a spooky tour of Main Street and it's just down the street from many of the local bed and breakfasts in the area. 

After the sun goes down, tour guides take groups of people on an hour and half tour. They will share informative stories on some of the haunted secrets the town has tried to keep secret for many years. The haunted past and present of Galena will come alive on this wonderful walking tour.

Explore a Victorian mansion

Belvedere Mansion. Photo credit:

Tour the Belvedere Mansion and marvel at the wonder of the amazing architecture of this 1857 mansion. The Belvedere features a 15-minute guided tour of the estate. The entire estate is filled with antiques, communication from the Civil War, and other interesting memorabilia.

After the guided tour of The Belvedere, guests are encouraged to stroll through the Belvedere Gardens. The Belvedere Gardens are adjacent to the estate and feature beautifully manicured lawns, colorful flowers, and native brush. There are plenty of places in the Belvedere Gardens to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic. The Belvedere Gardens can be a truly relaxing and wonderful place to relax and smell the roses.

Enjoy the great outdoors

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Galena is filled with beautiful scenic views of the lush forests, the roaring Galena River, and majestic bluffs. The Galena River Trail is a 3.5-mile trail that winds through some of the most beautiful and breathtaking parts of Galena. Enjoy hiking, biking, jogging, or walking along the trail as you discover this lovely part of your city. 

Several times of year, the city of Galena offers special planned activities along the Galena Trail. Guided walking tours, nighttime walks, and opportunities to discover some of the local plant and animal life are just some of the offerings along the Galena River Trail.

Take a trolley ride

Galena trolley ride. Photo credit:

Hop aboard the historic San Francisco-style trolley car and experience a fun, informative, and exciting tour of Galena. These open-air and air-conditioned trolleys are a unique and exciting way to experience the city while learning about Galena's history. 

Each Tri-State Trolley Tour is approximately an hour and takes you by some of the most popular attractions in Galena. Ride down historic Main Street while you feel the wind in your hair or watch as you pass by some of Galena's historic sites and landmarks. Historical sites that are included in the tour include The Grants Home, Quality Hill, and Galena History Museum.

Staycation in style

Bernadine's Stillman Inn - Galena Staycation

To maximize the feeling of "getting away" while on your staycation, consider booking a room at a Galena bed and breakfast. Conveniently located near many of the area's popular attractions, a bed and breakfast is an affordable and comfortable lodging choice. The personal and cozy touch of a B&B will allow you to feel pampered without requiring that you travel too far from home. Traveling can be expensive, but you can still have a fun vacation right at home by having a staycation at a local bed and breakfast.