10 Instagrammable Places in Galena, Illinois!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of Instagram, despite being a lover of photography.  But now, I LOVE the filters, especially the ones that really make the colours stand out!  My Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a vivid colour mode (which I constantly shoot in) but I love the way Instagram can push the colours that little bit further!  Today I share 10 Instagrammable places in the town of Galena, Illinois!

In the early 1800’s Galena was a booming lead mining town with a population of almost 14,000.  Today it’s home to just over 3000.  Galena was once home to the former President, Ulysses S Grant, you can even take a tour of his old home!  Downtown features the ‘Helluva Half Mile’ shopping street, full of independent small businesses.  I really like this area, it reminds me a lot of the high streets back home in the UK where you can pinball across the street and window shop without having to constantly get back in your car to visit different shops!  It also lays on the Galena River, where there are walking trails and places to relax!

(These photos could also be followed as a circular walking route of Galena! Starting and finishing at the flood gates of the East end of Main Street).

Old Fashioned Billboard Advertisements

Galena IL Advertisement Billboard

Something I love taking photos of now I’m living in America are all the worn out looking billboard advertisements, they really add to the character and history of the towns!

Galena Trolley Tours

Galena IL Trolley Tours

Old Fashioned Shop Front Signs

Galena IL Small Business Helluva Half Mile

As mentioned above, Galena’s ‘Helluva Half Mile’ is jam packed with local small businesses and they all have these cool our fashioned signs!

Inside the Stores!

Galena IL Helluva Half Mile

I LOVED wandering around the old fashioned pick n mix sweet shops in Galena!  When the sweets are displayed like this you can’t help but want to eat EVERYTHING in sight!  The Great American Popcorn Company had ‘Kitchen Sink’ flavoured popcorn, it looked disgustingly yummy (and I’m sure it doesn’t really come from the remnants stuck in a plug hole…)

Helluva Half Mile North East end of Main Street

Galena IL Helluva Half Mile

This is one of my favourite photos from Galena!  I love the way the building looks and in the afternoons the sun always seems to be in the right place, just lighting up Main Street in the perfect way!

The Galena River

Galena River IL

Again, just look at the way the sun lights up the bridge!  This bridge crosses the Galena River near Main Street into Grant Park.

Grant Park

Galena IL Grant Park

Galena Train Station

Galena IL Train Station

The Galena Train Station building is a proposed station for a Dubuque, IA – Chicago, IL Amtrak Route (which NEEDS to happen), however the construction of this route has been put on hold, so for now, the station is unused.

(End of walking route!  Follow the river, cross back over the US20 bridge and you’ll be back at the flood gates!)

The Old Cottage in the shadow of Ulysses S Grant’s House

Galena IL

This little old cottage is now located just as you enter Galena (from Chicago direction, heading westbound towards Iowa).  There is a huge car park and steps leading up the hill towards Ulysses S Grant’s house (former US president).

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Galena IL Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain is located 9 miles away from Downtown (but it is still part of the Galena area!)  In the winter it’s a ski resort, but in the summer it’s home to Segway tours, a zipline and an alpine toboggan slide that over looks the Mississippi River.  Pretty cool place for a ski resort if you ask me!

Instagram Galena Illinois

You can find more about visiting Galena at www.visitgalena.org

Follow Visit Galena on Instagram @visitgalenaorg

Follow me (Between England and Iowa!) on Instagram @englandandiowa

These are just a few of my favourite places in Galena, there’s so much there to be discovered!  Have you ever been?  What are some of your favourite spots to visit?

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