Galesburg, Illinois: A great place for a stroll in a railroad town

September 21, 2015

Spend a day, a weekend or longer in one of Illinois’ more interesting cities near the western border along Interstate 74 — Galesburg, the seat of Knox County, with a population of a little more than 32,000.

You can drive there, past Bloomington and Peoria, in less than three hours.

A Burlington Trailways bus ( can also provide you with a scenic ride to and from downtown Galesburg from the Champaign terminal for under $50 round trip.

It’s a comfortable motor coach with seat belts, air conditioning and a restroom. It makes trips between Champaign and Galesburg twice daily.

And for an adventure by Amtrak, the Lincoln Service train between Chicago and St. Louis, which stops in Bloomington, the Carl Sandburg route between Chicago and Quincy, the California Zephyr route between Chicago and San Francisco, and the Empire Builder route between Chicago and Seattle are all viable ways to get to Galesburg, a city that has been known as a railroad town since the mid-1800s.Website Insert Keep Your Money In-State copy

 Once you get downtown, you can park your vehicle, with ample free parking right in the heart of the downtown area, and experience much of what the town has to offer on foot.

The Amtrak station is located on Seminary Street, the main street through downtown Galesburg. Landmark Cafe & Creperie is  just down the street for tasty, light meals.

Writer Debra L. Karplus has the full story in The News-Gazette by clicking here.


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