Savanna is a vibrant little river town nestled between the Mississippi River and the Bluffs of the Driftless area in Northwest Illinois.
Settled in 1828 by explorers from Galena, Savanna is one of the oldest towns in Illinois. Savanna began as a Steamboat stop for runs between Galena and St. Louis. We quickly grew as a logging and shipping port and eventually a Railroad hub. You can still watch the barges being loaded on our River Front as they are sent down the River.
Today, Savanna attracts visitors from all over the Midwest, United States and the World. Named #4 in the USA Today’s 2020 “Best small towns for adventure”, Savanna is ready for you to explore. If massive cliffs, stunning views, and the peacefulness of nature are your thing, it is hard to beat the 15 miles of trails at the Mississippi Palisades State Park. Take a walk along the Mississippi River in Marquette park, Kayak one of our many rivers or lakes, bike the Great River Bike Trail or take a drive through the rolling hills of the Driftless Area. Don’t want to bring your own equipment? Savanna has you covered offering Kayak rentals, bike rentals and tubing adventures.
Looking for a slower speed? Take a step back in time and explore our historic downtown with buildings dating back to the 1800’s. Browse our quaint shops, tour the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center or enjoy world class live music every weekend. If you’re looking for authentic and local cuisine, Savanna has you covered. From notorious pizza and tacos, local diners & taverns, a cozy coffee shop, old fashioned ice cream parlors or enjoying wine and dinner overlooking the Mississippi River. Savanna has plenty of options for everyone.
Savanna is rich in history and natural resources, but our best asset by far is our people. We are a welcoming, friendly and diverse community. No matter your background, we guarantee you will be welcome in Savanna. So, plan your next weekend getaway and come see us.
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