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La Crosse, WI

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La Crosse featuring a city and street scenes

This southwest Wisconsin city offers gorgeous hilltop views, year-round outdoor pursuits and an important religious site. 

La Crosse lies between the banks of the Mississippi River and a series of steep bluffs. Natural beauty and outdoor recreation are the biggest draws, but the city also captivates with its children’s activities and cultural offerings.

A good way to introduce yourself to the area is with a walk to the top of Grandad Bluff, a steep hill that can be seen from most parts of the city. From the summit, enjoy views of the city, the Mississippi River and the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Hike on several trails at the top of the bluff.

You can also stroll along the forest trails and open spaces of Riverside Park or find a pleasant place to sit and watch river traffic go by.

Become part of the river scenery on a cruise aboard the La Crosse Queen. This is a replica of the paddle steamers that used to be a common sight on the Mississippi River in the late 19th century. Alternatively, travel through the river’s backwaters on an eco-tour.

For family-orientated fun, treat the kids to a trip to the Children’s Museum of La Crosse. Then make your way to Myrick Park for Kids Coulee. This playground has climbing structures, swings, a maze and tunnels. Children with disabilities can enjoy the equipment too.

Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Non-Catholics are also welcome to enjoy the tranquility and tour the church to view its paintings and sculptures.

If you are in La Crosse during the winter, there’s no need to stay indoors when the snow falls. Go snowmobiling on over 600 miles (966 kilometers) of trails or cross-country ski at Drugan’s Castle Mound. Try snowshoeing and ice fishing at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

Reach La Crosse by bus, car or train. You can also fly into La Crosse Regional Airport, located on French Island and connected to the mainland by a bridge. Pack your suitcase for outdoor adventures whatever the season.

Where to stay in La Crosse

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, La Crosse, WI
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, La Crosse, WI
2.5 out of 5
2110 Rose St, La Crosse, WI
The price is $87 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mississippi River and Riverside Amusement Park. Black River Beach and Oktoberfest Grounds ...
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, La Crosse, WI
Stoney Creek Hotel La Crosse - Onalaska
Stoney Creek Hotel La Crosse - Onalaska
2.5 out of 5
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska, WI
The price is $109 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is steps from Mississippi River and Gundersen Lutheran Onalaska Clinic. Valley View Mall is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (937 reviews)
"Nice place. Friendly staff. Clean."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Stoney Creek Hotel La Crosse - Onalaska
GrandStay Hotel & Suites
GrandStay Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
525 Front Street North, La Crosse, WI
The price is $145 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Historic Downtown La Crosse, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mississippi River and La Crosse Center. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Room was spacious and bed very comfortable. Would appreciate more gluten free upturns for breakfast, banana was only option."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

GrandStay Hotel & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton La Crosse
Home2 Suites by Hilton La Crosse
2.5 out of 5
210 Jay Street, La Crosse, WI
The price is $133 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Historic Downtown La Crosse, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mississippi River and La Crosse Center. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (410 reviews)
"Used the outdoor grill worked great. Enjoyed outdoor setting area for family reunion. Liked being able to walk downtown to ice cream parlor and shops."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton La Crosse
Up The Creek Cottage
Up The Creek Cottage
Coon Valley, WI
Situated in Coon Valley, this vacation home is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of Branches Winery and Snowflake ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Very beautiful, peaceful scenery. Cabin very nice and comfortable. Hosts were friendly and responsive."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Up The Creek Cottage
Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort
Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort
2 out of 5
N5334 Neshonoc Road, West Salem, WI
This family-friendly West Salem campground is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts, Hamlin Garland House and La ...
4.2/5Excellent! (13 reviews)
"Clean, quiet campground. Nice and helpful staff. Great deluxe cabin."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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