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Awards & Accolades

We are proud of the awards and accolades that Galena has received. Visit us and experience for yourself what all the fuss is about.

YEAR ACCOLADE AWARDED BY
2016 25 Best Places to Visit in Illinois Dream Vacation Magazine
2016 9 Charming towns across america to visit this fall MSN
2016 25 Underrated Midwestern Towns to Visit this Fall Fodor’s Travel
2016 5 Not-to-miss fall drive in the Midwest Travelocity
2016 6 Great Mississippi River Downtowns Cruise Critic
2016 1 of the 100 Coolest Small Towns in America Budget Travel Magazine
2016 Midwest’s 12 Greatest Towns Midwest Living Magazine
2016 15 Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Illinois The Crazy Tourist
2016 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Illinois The Crazy Tourist
2016 40 American Towns You Should Visit ASAP House Beautiful
2016 Best Vacation Spot in Illinois Pure Wow
2016 Best Shopping Main Street Experience in America Shop on Main (Small Town Big Deal)
2016 Fourth Most Beautiful Town in America Expedia Viewfinder Blog
2015 Top 50 Small Towns in America DiscountMyFlights.com
2015 28 Small Towns Across America with the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Country Living Magazine
2015 21 Small Towns You Should Visit on Your Next American Road Trip Popsugar
2015 The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America Country Living Magazine
2015 10 Best Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance From Chicago Thrillist
2015 Idyllic and Historic Main Streets Across the USA USA Weekend
2015 10 of the Prettiest Places to Retire MarketWatch
2015 11 Cities of Love, Because Paris Isn’t the Only One Bustle
2015 13 Midwestern Towns That Are Hidden Gems for Your Summer Vacation AroundMe
2015 18 of the Most Charming Small Towns Across America Country Living Magazine
2015 10 Most Beautiful Towns in the Midwest The Culture Trip
2015 Best of the West – Best Weekend Getaway West Suburban Living
2015 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the US Fodor’s Travel Website
2014 1 of America’s Coolest Small Towns Budget Travel Magazine
2014 19 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America Impulcity
2014 America’s 5 best road trips Today Show
2014 America’s Best Main St. Finalist Parade Magazine
2014 One of America’s Best Main Streets Fodor’s Travel Website
2014 Around the World in 80 Places Life Magazine
2014 Idyllic and Historic Main Streets Across the USA USA Weekend
2014 Top 12 Awesome Midwestern Spots in Summer Huffington Post
2013 The 4th Best Small Town in America Executive Travel Magazine
2013 One of “America’s Prettiest Towns” Forbes Magazine
2013 Fourteenth “Friendliest City” in the World Conde Nast
2013 Second “Friendliest City” in America Conde Nast
2013 “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” Smithsonian.com
2013 One of America’s “Top 10 Best Small Towns” Fodor’s Travel Website
2012 Galena Main Street – “Great All-American Main Street” Travel and Leisure Magazine
2011 Galena – “Reader’s 15 Favorite Midwest Getaways” Midwest Living
2011 Main Street Galena, Top 10 Great Places in America American Planning Association
2010 Galena – “Top Ten Charming Small Towns” Trip Advisor
2010 Galena – “12 Great Girlfriend Getaways” Midwest Living Magazine
2008 Galena – One of “America’s Prettiest Towns” Forbes Magazine
2009 Galena – “100 Best Midwest Small Town Getaways” Midwest Living
2007 Galena Main Street – One of the “150 Great Places” American Institute of Architects
2004 “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” National Trust for Historic Preservation