Awards & Honors

The Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the communities of Jo Daviess County, have been honored with many awards & honors through the years.

2015:
#27 – 50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America
Fodor’s “10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.”
West Suburban Living’s “Best Weekend Getaway”
Bustle.com’s “Top 11 Most Romantic Cities”
VacationIdea.com’s “25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.

2014:
Fodor’s “America’s Best Main Streets”
Budget Travel’s “America’s Coolest Small Towns”
West Suburban Living’s “Best Weekend Getaway”
Huffington Post’s “12 Awesome Midwestern Summer Spots”
Featured on the TODAY show as one of America’s 5 Iconic Drives
New York Times’ Eighth Easiest County to Live in Illinois
Parade.com “America’s Best Main Street” nominee
Topretirement.com’s “Top 10 Prettiest Places to Retire”
One of LIFE’s “Around the World in 80 Places”

2013:
Condé Nast Traveler “2nd Friendliest City in the U.S.” and “14th Friendliest City in the World”
Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013”
Fodor’s “10 Best Small Towns in America”
Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Prettiest Towns”
Executive Travel Magazine’s “America’s Best Small Towns”
West Suburban Living’s “Best Weekend Getaway”
Illinois Meetings & Events “Best Small CVB”

2012:
Paint Quality Institute “Prettiest Painted Places” finalist
Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Greatest Main Streets”
SmarterTravel.com’s “Top 10 Most Romantic Small Towns in North America”
West Suburban Living’s “Best Weekend Getaway”
Classic Car Club of America Nordic Trek II CARavan Host

2011:
American Planning Association’s “Great Places in America: Streets”
CNBC’s “Time Warp Towns”
TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Charming Small Towns”
West Suburban Living’s “Best Weekend Getaway”
Midwest Living Magazine’s “Reader’s 15 Favorite Midwest Getaways”
Packard Club National Meet Host

2010:
Illinois Meetings & Events “Best CVB Runner Up”
Midwest Living Magazine’s “12 Great Girlfriend Getaways”
Austin Healey Club of America Conclave Host
Fireball Run Adventurally: American Heroes Challenge Finish Line City

2009:
Rockford Register Star’s “Best Weekend Trip”
Midwest Living Magazine’s “100 Best Midwest Small Town Getaways”

2008:
Quad-City Times’ “Best Family Get-Away”
This Old House Magazine “Best Places in the Midwest to Buy an Old House”
Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Prettiest Towns”

2007:
American Institute of Architects – Galena Main Street – One of the “150 Great Places”

2004:
National Trust for Historic Preservation “Dozen Distinctive Destinations”