A Gem in the Mississippi River Valley

Looking for an interesting get-away in the Mississippi River Valley area of Illinois? Consider the Galena area, a wealth of history, wine tasting and sight seeing.

Galena was once a boomtown for lead mining. Today the area is a quaint destination attracting more than one million visitors a year. RV enthusiasts might consider checking out the Palace Campgrounds just two miles from the downtown area. The downtown streets are lined with boutiques, art galleries and specialties food stores.

A drive along the valley gives visitors an opportunity to visit any of the many wineries along the way. There are a great number of locally produced wines that visitors can sample or purchase while enjoying the beauty of the area.

Consider making a stop at Gramercy Park in East Dubuque. There you can learn about the Dunleith Mounds built by the Hopewell Native Americans in 350 AD. Stroll along the wooded trail learning about the interesting artifacts excavated from the mounds.

A visit to General Ulysses S. Grant’s home is another popular destination. It is open for public guided tours where guests can view family portraits, historical handcrafted toys and other interesting artifacts.

This beautiful area of the Mississippi River Valley includes something for everyone. Whether looking to learn about the area’s history, relax while visiting the local wineries, or spending time browsing the main street shops, visitors will find the area to be a charming gem worth visiting.

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