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La CrosseUnited States of America

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

La Crosse showing night scenes and a city

Historic Downtown La Crosse

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Historic Downtown La Crosse. A stop by La Crosse Center or Riverside Park might round out your trip.

Historic Downtown La Crosse

Popular places to visit in La Crosse

Riverside Park
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Riverside Park

4.5/5(254 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Riverside Park, a lovely green space in La Crosse. Wander the area's riverfront or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Grandad Bluff Park
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Grandad Bluff Park

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Grandad Bluff Park, a lovely green space in La Crosse. Stroll along the area's riverfront, or simply savor its lively bars.

Reviews of La Crosse

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful, Peaceful. A MUST see and spend time with Jesus.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 4, 2020

It was a nice, quiet town to stop in overnight on our way thru

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 16, 2020

Quaint, historic town with a lot to see and experience. Recommend a two to three day stay to take it all in!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 8, 2020

Kids loved Childrens museum

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

You may want to ask questions regarding participating in outdoor activities. Examples, ice fishing, boating, biking local trails, and snow mobile/ATV riding.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Great town, our daughter goes to school here. Love the Bluff.

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Spreading cheer in the most enchanting winter destinations