The fall season in Illinois looks pretty good in photos, but there's one place where it looks and feels best. It's time to start planning your leaf-peeping adventures.

I've said this before so many times, this small Illinois town never disappoints. There's a special feeling I get every time I make this drive southwest of Rockford, and I think it's time to do it again.

Whether it's a day trip, an overnight, or an entire weekend, you'll be grateful for every minute you spend in one of America's Coolest Small Towns to Visit.

Austin Goode on Unsplash
Austin Goode on Unsplash

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Galena, Illinois is One of The Best Destinations for Fall in US


Galena is the home of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.

You could start your visit to Galena, Illinois by visiting Grant's home. This town has a great flair for preservation, and it should, most of it is on the National Register for Historic Places.

The Bed & Breakfast locations, the shops along 'Helluva Half Mile', the restaurants, the wineries, coffee shops, and historic mansions. Great hiking trails along the bluffs and ravines of Apple River Canyon State Park. Plan to take a fun ride down the Chestnut Mountain slide, you'll love the thrill, plus the views of Galena below are breathtaking.

Galena seems like the town for which fall was made.

There really isn't a 'bad' season for Galena, she looks good in all of them. Below is all the proof you'll need.

Push 'play' that 'Galena Road Trip Playlist' and come take a closer look at one of the best fall destinations in the US because the pictures below just don't do it justice. They come close, but not quite.

31 Photos Proving There's No Illinois Town More Beautiful Than Galena

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