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Two Lane Gems Tour, Vol. 1

Last October I began a companion site to The Local Tourist that highlights what I like to call "Two Lane Gems."

How to be a Local Tourist

The Local Tourist has a simple goal: we want you to experience the fascination of a tourist while feeling the comfort of the local, no matter where you are.

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Have you ever ridden a zipline? Experience what it's like to ride a zipline with Long Hollow Canopy Tours in Galena. It's an experience you'll never forget, and one you'll want to repeat.

Goldmoor Inn Bed & Breakfast in Galena, Illinois, is an elegant getaway located on the Mississippi River.

Traveling Family - photo courtesy of Allianz Travel Insurance

Summer’s just about over. The kids are back in school, the campgrounds are quiet, and the beaches are empty.

If you've been on The Local Tourist for any time at all you might have noticed one thing: there are no negative reviews.

As you approach the extreme northwest corner of Illinois the flat horizons disappear. Known as the driftless area, this is a place the glaciers missed.

If you're looking to get away for some R, R, & R - rest, relaxation, and recreation - Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is the place to go. Located just seven miles from Galena, the resort is set amidst rolling hills on a private lake. Even if you avail yourself of the many activities on the property itself and in the surrounding area the gorgeous setting makes for a serene getaway.

When you're considered one of the Midwest's best resorts your restaurants are held to a higher standard. The cuisine needs to meet and exceed expectations of excellence.

In the world of gourmet cuisine the mighty morel is a much-desired delicacy. The distinctive mushroom is considered by many to have the best taste of all the wild fungi.

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