Fall in love again with Galena, Illinois
#2: You’ll find new ways to enjoy the scenery
An inviting deck at Chestnut Mountain Resort offers 1,400 square feet of alfresco dining with a sprawling view of the Mississippi River Valley (and the food impresses, too!). New scooter tours run by Fever River Outfitters let wine lovers get the wind in their hair as they head 12 miles east to Galena Cellars Vineyard for tastings and tours (a shuttle brings you back to town, so you don’t have to drive).
If you’d prefer to stay in your car for a pretty self-guided tour, pick up the 40-mile Stagecoach Trail at the north end of Main Street and follow it through rolling farmland until it intersects with US-20 and loops back to town.
For cool river-level pictures of the Mississippi, follow State-84 to Mississippi Palisades State Park. When you arrive, the road runs along the riverbank. Head farther into the park to find bluff-top lookout points that breed Lewis and Clark-like moments of discovery.