9 Reasons to Visit the La Crosse Region this Year

Epic memories await in the La Crosse Region year round!

Don’t miss your chance at one-of-a-kind outdoor recreation, divine dining, picturesque lodging, and unique shopping locations. Start making your La Crosse Region bucket list – you won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

1. Sensational Outdoor Recreation

The Driftless Region was missed and left untouched from glacial erosion and deposits during the last ice age. This region is now one of the last remnants of the natural, rugged terrain that once spanned today’s Upper Midwest. Our three rivers and these ancient bluffs make the La Crosse Region ideal for outdoor recreation. Our unparalleled topography lends kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and cycling opportunities, as well as downhill and cross-country skiing in the winter months.

2. Craft Beverage & Foodie Delights

With over 100 culinary eateries, you’ll dine in a setting like no other among the bluffs on outdoor patios, in retro martini bars and renovated historic buildings. A town known for its beer can’t help but have great pub food, pizza, and of course that old Wisconsin favorite: cheese curds! You’ll also find high-quality fine dining, classic family diners and supper clubs, and a diverse array of ethnic restaurants. Oh! And did we mention our famous Coulee Region Craft Beverage Trail?

3. Unique Lodging Options

From cozy B&Bs to expansive hotels and luxury suites, the La Crosse region has something for everyone in every price range. Find a quiet, comfortable cabin in the woods or on the river, or book your room in the heart of downtown, close to all the action. Wherever you stay, you’ll find convenience, comfort, good prices, and excellent service.

4. Bucket List Vistas

Home to breathtaking landscapes, historic monuments and legendary parks, the La Crosse Region boasts a plethora of outstanding sights. Catch the best views with the signature sights that you can’t miss in the La Crosse Region. From many bluff sides, to waterways and parks and trails, there’s so many unique options to experience!

5. Variety of Shopping Scenes

The La Crosse Region is home to the largest shopping district in nine counties.  If you like big-name shopping centers, you can find all the largest commercial retailers in La Crosse and Onalaska. Or if you prefer to support independent, local businesses, Historic Downtown La Crosse has a vibrant shopping district full of the region’s finest specialty shops. Bargain hunters have their work cut out for them, with dozens of thrift, antique and consignment stores to choose from.

6. Just a Road Trip Away

The La Crosse Region is just a short commute away from major Midwest hubs such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison, Milwaukee, Des Moines, and Chicago. Located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin right on I-90, the La Crosse Region is a superior, easily accessible location. The region is located just two hours and fifteen minutes from Madison, four hours from Chicago, and two and half hours from Minneapolis. We’re just a road-trip away with unique experiences and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

7. Mesmerizing Arts & Culture

From the Pump House Regional Arts Center to the La Crosse Center and the La Crosse Community Theater, La Crosse County has some of the region’s finest venues for experiencing visual and performing arts. Home to the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and top-tier collegiate arts, music, and theatre programs, there is no shortage of opportunities for a night of cultured entertainment. Let’s not forget historic gems like Norskedalen Heritage & Nature Center, the Hixon House and more!

8. Convention & Meetings Space

The La Crosse Region is rich in scenic beauty, diverse attractions, first-class hospitality, and superb meeting facilities. The La Crosse Region offers memorable experiences as unique as each attendee. Inspire your group in grand arenas, luxurious ballrooms, and charming meeting spaces. Entertain along the Mississippi River with epic views, historic downtowns, colorful cuisine, and live music. Elevate your next rendezvous in the La Crosse Region – we look forward to hosting you soon.

9. Epic Festivals & Events

The La Crosse Region is host to festivals and events year-round. Swing through for memorable entertainment from music and arts to competitions, fairs and everything in between. Follow our calendar to stay up to date on what’s happening in the La Crosse Region!

10. Adventures for Every Explorer

Discover your next adventure between the bluffs.
With indoor and outdoor activities, arts and culture, and a vast variety of places to eat, drink and stay, you’re bound to enjoy the Region from sunrise to sunset. Just name your niche – your perfect adventure awaits.