Each year, La Crosse attracts more than one million visitors as people across the globe are attracted by the natural beauty and splendor of the upper Mississippi River area – including the region’s rich history, unique attractions and variety of great shopping, dining and cultural offerings. Centrally located between the states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, La Crosse is your regional destination.
A destination point for thousands, but also a symbol of this great Coulee Region. La Crosse’s recent renovation (completed in April of 2012) showed the importance and grandeur of Grandad Bluff to all who visit! The 600-ft high bluff overlooks the city of La Crosse. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin Trails readers voted this “the most scenic view in the state”. The park features a shelter house, coin-operated binoculars, picnic areas and is the site of the annual Skyrocker`s New Year`s Eve Fireworks Show.
Whether you prefer big box and brand name or locally owned mom-and-pop shops, you’ll find all the shopping you need in the La Crosse area. All the largest commercial retailers can be found within a few miles of La Crosse, and downtown has some of the finest specialty shops in the region. Plus, antiquers and bargain hunters will love the antique shops and thrift stores waiting for them here.
Faithful to the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary through her appearances on the American continent in 1531, serves the spiritual needs of those who suffer poverty in body and soul. It is a place of ceaseless prayer for the corporal and spiritual welfare of God’s children, especially those in most need.
Have some down-on-the farm family fun while picking fresh apples and pumpkins at area apple orchards. Pick out your own jack-o’-lantern or find the perfect apple for your pies at the wide range of farms offered in and around the La Crosse area! Find the freshest fruit right off the tree or vine as you enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air, and the sunshine. Whether you want a hay ride, a cup of fresh-made cider, or a delicious caramel apple, there’s an orchard for you!
The rolling bluffs and riverlands make for some of the most beautiful vineyard settings imaginable, so don’t miss the chance for an unforgettable afternoon of sipping wine and enjoying the scenery. Oh, and in case you forgot, there’s beer here, too. Head down to Pearl Street Brewery for some award-winning microbrews!