Discover a selection of 318 vacation rentals in Galena that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $149 per night, and cabins and houses are popular options for a stay in Galena. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Experience Galena with a lake rental

Vacationers of all ages will enjoy a low-key trip in Galena with lake rentals in Illinois. Well-known for its 19th-century architecture, Galena offers visitors a trip back in time with its many historical sites. Amateur historians will enjoy exploring the Ulysses S. Grant Home or visiting the impressive Belvedere Mansion. Get back to nature with a hike at the Horseshoe Mound Preserve or a visit to Thunder Bay Falls. Take a trip to the clouds with a hot air balloon ride at Galena On the Fly before heading back to your cabin to watch the stars come out over the lake.

Things to do

The past comes to life in Galena

In 1876, the US was celebrating its centennial, hometown hero Ulysses S. Grant was in the White House, and Charles Banwarth had finally finished construction on his beautiful Victorian home. Flash-forward to today, and this building has become the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, where visitors can experience what life was like during this singular moment in US history. On Saturdays, the museum is open for tours led by a knowledgeable guide in full Victorian garb, who will give you all the key facts about Galena during this period.


Top tours in Galena

Companies in Galena offer a variety of tours to suit all tastes. History buffs can explore the Belvedere, a 22-room Italianate mansion built in 1857. The home and gardens are open to the public between May and November, and tours operate throughout the day. Countryside excursions are a fantastic way to see the region around the city; vineyards and hops tours are popular options, and they run all year round. Kids will love spooky ghost tours through the historic streets of Galena in which you’re taken to 2 haunted locations, with a tour of the Ryan Mansion to cap it all off.


Getting to know Galena’s climate

Galena vacation rentals see a spike in popularity during the summer, when average temperatures inch towards the low 70s. It’s worth noting that rainfall is also more common during the summer months, reaching its peak in June. Winter brings a cold snap, with January temperatures averaging 17°F, so be prepared to bundle up warm for a seasonal getaway. The shoulder months offer the best availability for Galena vacation rentals; spring and fall temperatures are still on the warm side, rainfall is less frequent, and there’ll be shorter lines at the top attractions.

Natural features

The woodland wonders of Galena

The 52-acre Schurmeier Teaching Forest is the perfect place to spend a sunny day in Galena. A short drive from most central Galena vacation rentals, the forest has 2 miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails that place you right at the heart of the stunning Illinois wilderness. Detailed brochures are available at the entrance, providing you with an engaging insight into the trees and flowers native to this region. You can also learn about forest management and conservation practices, all while soaking in the fresh air, lush greenery, and melodic birdsong of the area.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Galena

Fly into Dubuque, IA (DBQ-Dubuque Regional), the closest airport, located 14 mi (22.6 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Galena?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 318 vacation rentals around Galena. From 16 cabin rentals to 262 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.