By Maura Keller | Photo courtesy Explore La Crosse
Looking for a unique getaway option that is filled with historic gems, beautiful scenery and charming shops and eateries? Consider the La Crosse region, a bustling area that celebrates its many water activities, thanks in part to being on the Mississippi River, the Black River, the La Crosse River, the Root River and Lake Onalaska.
The delightful municipalities dotting the region, including Holmen, West Salem, Campbell,
Onalaska, La Crosse and La Crescent, Minn., are filled with an array of activities that water enthusiasts will enjoy. From enjoying a paddle boat ride down the Mighty Mississippi to kayaking along Lake Onalaska backwaters to fishing in the channels and deep pools of the many tributaries gracing the area, the La Crosse region is a water lover’s paradise.
If taking a swim is more your style, check out Pettibone Beach, which offers views of the Big Blue Bridge overhead, Riverside Park and the historic downtown area.
Plan your visit at explorelacrosse.com.
Must-See Outdoor Attractions
Ascend up the region’s legendary 600-foot Grandad Bluff via trail or winding highway. The ancient bluff offers views of the city of La Crosse, the Mississippi River Valley, and the adjacent states of Iowa and Minnesota. explorelacrosse.com/the-grandad-bluff
La Crosse Queen Sightseeing Cruise
Step back in time to the great riverboats of the early 1900s and experience a Mississippi River cruise aboard this paddlewheeler. Operating May through October, there are plenty of cruise options available, including luncheons, dinners and more. explorelacrosse.com/project/la-crosse-queen-paddlewheeler
Great River Landing
In addition to hosting the trailhead for the state’s beloved Great River State Trail, Great River Landing offers shore fishing opportunities, as well as great kayaking and canoeing spots. explorelacrosse.com/great-river-landing