Motorcoach Trips in Galena and Jo Daviess County

Bring your next group tour to Jo Daviess County! We have so many options for groups of all ages and interests, you don’t want to miss out. Galena’s rich tie to history, particularly President Ulysses S. Grant, makes us a fascinating stop along the Mississippi River. We’ve also got some of the best views in Illinois with our picturesque rolling hills and landscapes. And we’re an easy drive from many major Midwest cities. Take a look at some popular two-day tours, group dining options and group attractions and all the things you can do!

Two-day tour to four wineries

Tempt your tastebuds with award-winning, estate-grown wine. While you’re enjoying breathtaking views of Jo Daviess County’s vineyards, you’ll also learn the science behind the craft. The tastings alone make it worth the trip. Here are a few other ideas to do along that way that cater to groups of over 100. Have lunch at Woodbine Bend, one the premier golf courses in Jo Daviess County. Enjoy the nightlife as musician and entertainer Jim Post he takes you back to the heyday of the Mississippi River in Mark Twain and the Laughing River. And take a guided tour of Linmar Gardens, a 3.5-acre gardens with seven water features on natural limestone outcroppings overlooking Galena.

Tour the countryside

Jump aboard Mississippi Explorer’s latest 1.5-hour cruise, followed by a personalized tour of Apple River Fort State Historic Site. You might even want to see what an authentic stagecoach ride was like with a trip to the Stage Coach Trails Livery. Hop on the trolly to explore Galena’s Main Street then spend the evening exploring the haunted tales of Galena by Amelia’s Ghost Tours at paranormal hot-spots throughout town. You can also learn about the flora and fauna of northwest Illinois at the Jo Daviess County Conservation Foundation Tour, and experience true local farm to table flavors at the Galena Culinary Institute.

See history come alive

Galena and Jo Daviess County is full of museum filled with artifact from its golden days. You can visit the Galena History Museum. Tour Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site. Explore the railroads past at two museums in Elizabeth. Or, take a walk through Galena’s oldest home, the Dowling House. But it’s the local storytellers that make history really come alive. While some of your group tours Linmar Gardens, others can sneak away to the history room at Galena’s local library. Here you can pick the brains of local historians and volunteers and see newspapers that date back to the 1800s, letters from Grant, birth and death records that help trace genealogies and more.

Be inspired by the art

Artists from across the nation are drawn to Galena for its unique landscapes and the inspiring vibe the city gives off. Walk up and down Main Street and you’ll see art galleries, jewelers, painters, sculptors, and potters selling their “Made in Galena” goods. Head over to West Street Sculpture Park where you can wander its outdoor gallery of large steel structures. John Martison has his studio there and is often onsite to talk with visitors.Take in many of the demonstrations and classes our local artists put on including: cooking classes, jewelry or beading classes, glass blowing demonstrations, painting classes, and demonstrations at the Old Blacksmith forge.

Just a drive away

Below is a listing of surrounding metropolises and how long it takes to get here. Remember it’s one of the prettiest drive you’ll ever see.

  • Bloomington-Normal, IL, 172 miles, 3 hours
  • Chicago, IL, 150 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Des Moines, IA, 215 miles, 4 hours
  • Indianapolis, IN, 313 miles, 6 hours
  • Madison, WI, 95 miles, 2 hours
  • Milwaukee, WI, 175 miles, 3 hours
  • Minneapolis, MN, 290 miles, 6 hours
  • Peoria, IL, 175 miles, 3 hours
  • Rockford, IL, 85 miles, 1.5 hours
  • St. Louis, MO, 330 miles, 6.5 hours
  • Springfield, IL, 250 miles, 4.5 hours