5 Things You Didn’t Know About the La Crosse Region

The majestic bluffs and grand Mississippi River are the backbones of the La Crosse Region. However, there are some unique facts about the area that you may not know! Test your knowledge and check out five things you may not realize about the La Crosse Region!

1. Choice Destination: La Crosse was voted the 2019 Choice Destination by Discover Wisconsin! “For every season, there’s a reason to Discover Wisconsin,” a quote best said by Discover Wisconsin, and in 2019, La Crosse was named the Choice Destination to visit. While we may be biased here, there is official proof we rank among the best!
2. Record Holder: At one time, La Crosse broke a Guinness Book record with the most bars/nightclubs located on one street! You can’t miss Third Street in Historic Downtown La Crosse claiming dance bars, country bars, retro martini bars, sports bars and more! In addition, La Crosse/Onalaska was ranked No. 6 of the 20 Drunkest Cities in America by CBS News…oops! Our excuse? With the metro-area containing La Crosse and Onalaska, we boast more bars per capita than other cities in America. At least other Wisconsin cities were named as well.
3. The Driftless Region: The La Crosse area falls within the Driftless Region; narrowly escaping the glaciers’ flattening effects of the last Ice Age. Because the Region has no gravel deposits, “glacial drift,” it maintains an ancient landscape full of scenic views, waterfalls, deep caves and more. Nestled between the historic bluffs, the area is iconic along the Upper Mississippi River.
4. The Most Scenic View: Did you know that you can see the Mississippi River, Minnesota, and Iowa from the legendary Grandad Bluff in La Crosse? It comes as no surprise that Wisconsin Trails readers voted this “the most scenic view in the state”. The bluff stands 600-feet tall and has become not only a destination point for thousands but also a symbol of this great Coulee Region. If you plan your stay appropriately, you can witness the outstanding, annual Skyrocker’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show!
5. Bird-Watching Superhighway: The La Crosse Region and surrounding areas are home to some of the best bird-watching destinations in the upper Midwest. From Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans, and Great Egrets to Bluebirds, Warblers, and Sparrows, the area hosts a wide range of species sure to satisfy all birders. Locations offering notable populations include Myrick Park, Hixon Forest, and Riverside Park. Witness the highest activity of species during migration seasons!

Well? Did you #Explore something new about the La Crosse Region today?