We always say it's hard to pick just ONE town in the entire state, but according to a recent article in Architectural Digest they did just that.

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We are lucky here in the Tri-States to be surrounded by some of the most amazing small towns, but it's also nice to get away and explore other small towns in either Missouri or Illinois. So it's no surprise that Galena, Illinois was just named one of the 55 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.

I have to admit I have never been to Galena, but many f my family and friends have and they just rave about it every time they go. Coming in at #35 on the list, the article describes the town as being,

Chicagoans like to book romantic weekends in this town along the Mississippi River where the state’s flatlands are replaced by river bluffs. Between April and November, a popular attraction is the funicular, affording a bird’s-eye view of the town.

I really do have to go see this town for myself. Just take a weekend and go explore, do some shopping, eat some local food, and take in everything that this small town has to offer. Especially this time of year I am sure the town is all decorated for fall and looks even more beautiful with the changing of the color of leaves.

Unfortunately, neither Missouri nor Iowa are on this list, but I am sure we can argue that each state has its own version of Galena and should be on the list.

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