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Outdoor adventure & local brews in La Crosse

Nestled between the mighty Mississippi River and a series of dramatic bluffs, La Crosse is one of the most picturesque cities in the western part of Wisconsin. With a population of around 50,000, it's also the largest city on the state's western border, so it boasts a fairly lively downtown with a variety of unique attractions. Whether you'll just be passing through or plan to spend a few days in town, you're sure to become smitten with the city's beauty and friendly residents.

Traveling to La Crosse

Despite its low profile, La Crosse has quite a few options for arriving in the city. Interstate 90 cuts through the heart of town and is the main east-west artery in the region. As such, it's the most common way for visitors to reach La Crosse. People coming from points north typically travel via U.S. Route 53, while people coming from points south usually take U.S. Route 14.

If you'll be coming from Chicago, Detroit or Minneapolis, you should be able to find a reasonably priced flight into La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE), which is located on French Island in the northern part of town. Delta and American Airlines run daily departures and arrivals out of this city-owned airport. Otherwise, the closest major hub is Rochester International Airport (RST) in Rochester, Minnesota, about 1.5 hours to the west by car.

La Crosse also has a full-service Amtrak station, and two Greyhound stations for visitors preferring to travel by bus.

Climate

La Crosse has what is known as a continental climate, which means that it experiences relatively warm, humid summers and fairly cold, snowy winters. Unlike many northern cities, however, La Crosse doesn't experience very extreme weather. The mildest, most pleasant weather tends to occur in the spring and fall.

Best time to stay

In truth, there's not really a bad time to be in La Crosse. During the summer, there's hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities to enjoy. In the winter, fresh snowfall presents plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing, sledding and other wintertime fun. The area doesn't really experience a peak season or off-season, so La Crosse hotels tend to have fairly consistent rates throughout the year. The vast majority of the hotels in the city are located along the Mississippi and afford some truly picturesque views.

Things to see

The Bluffs

Other than the Mississippi, which commands plenty of attention in its own right, the most eye-catching aspect of La Crosse is the backdrop of dramatic bluffs that tower behind it. Hiking trails crisscross through the bluffs, and they range in difficulty from flat and easy to steep and strenuous. If you're able to manage the latter, aim for the top: Views of the city from that height are unmatched.

Riverside Park

Since 1911, Riverside Park has served as a popular gathering place for La Crosse's residents. As the name implies, it stretches along the banks of the Mississippi and affords exceptional views of Minnesota, which lies directly across the river. If you're in town near the Fourth of July, head to the park at nightfall to check out the fireworks show. Otherwise, set aside some time to roam Riverside's trails and bask in its green spaces.

Hixon House

Enjoy a dose of local history and some impressive architecture by paying a visit to Hixon House, which is located in downtown La Crosse. The estate, which was built in 1858, was once owned by a local lumber baron and has been immaculately maintained. Open hours tend to be limited, so be sure to check in advance.

The Rivoli Theatre

For a nice evening out in La Crosse, you can't beat this beautiful, historic theater. First-run movies and classic films are shown regularly, but the most unique aspect of the theater is the ability to enjoy drinks and dinner while taking in a show. The theater, whose priciest movie ticket is only $5, is also a locally-sourced pizzeria. What film wouldn't be enhanced by a Midwestern beer and a steaming hot pizza?

Recently Rated La Crosse Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
GrandStay Residential Suites La Crosse
4.2 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $109
Americas Best Value Inn La Crosse
2.3 / 5
36 reviews
2 stars $39
Best Western Riverfront Hotel Lacrosse WI
3.2 / 5
78 reviews
3 stars $84
Days Inn La Crosse Conference Center
3.4 / 5
24 reviews
2 stars $59
Super 8 La Crosse
3.4 / 5
34 reviews
2 stars $61
Econo Lodge La Crosse
2.4 / 5
8 reviews
2 stars $54
Howard Johnson Inn La Crosse/I-90
2.7 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $55
Radisson Hotel La Crosse
4.3 / 5
22 reviews
4 stars $136
Settle Inn La Crosse
3.9 / 5
50 reviews
2 stars $69
Courtyard by Marriott La Crosse Downtown/Mississippi Riverfront
4.1 / 5
12 reviews
3 stars $174

La Crosse hotels

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From $109

1 GrandStay Residential Suites La Crosse

3 stars
4.2 / 5 33 reviews

525 Front Street North Map

Located in historic downtown La Crosse by the Mississippi River. Our all suite hotel specializes in extended stay and nightly accommodations. While staying with us enjoy our new renovations and... More

Weekend in La Crosse
This hotel is very nice. It's not too expensive for what you get when you have a kitchenette, living room, AND bedroom. They have a nice continental breakfast too.
Sep 16, 2014
From $84

2 Best Western Riverfront Hotel Lacrosse WI

3 stars
3.2 / 5 78 reviews

1835 Rose Street Map

Save 5% on your stay

Retreat to this La Crosse, Wisconsin hotel and enjoy comfortable and affordable amenities convenient to the Mississippi River, the Shrine of Our Lady Guadeloupe and the Mississippi Eco-Tour Boat.... More

Needs updating
The rooms were clean but need updating. Service in the bar was questionable. I waited to be served while other customers were waited on immediately. Not sure if race was an issue with the bartender...
Sep 15, 2014
From $69

3 Settle Inn La Crosse

2 stars
3.9 / 5 50 reviews

2110 Rose Street Map

The perfect place to stay while in the La Crosse area. Whether business or leisure, our great amenities package provides luxury at an affordable price. We offer free kickstart breakfast, free high... More

Great family fun time
Was a very pleasant hotel was the nicest one we had all vaction.
Jun 27, 2014
From $136

4 Radisson Hotel La Crosse

4 stars
4.3 / 5 22 reviews

200 Harborview Plaza Map

Save 25% on your stay

Located in quaint historic downtownon on the beautiful Mississippi River and adjacent to the La Crosse Convention Center. The on site restaurant, Three Rivers Lodge Restaurant, features a 'Taste... More

Anniversary Getaway
The staff was exceptional. Location very nice, walking distance to many resturants & the park- river.
Aug 3, 2014
From $117

5 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites LA CROSSE

3 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

200 PEARL STREET Map

Relax at La Crosse, Wisconsin Hotel's Downtown Location Positioned near the Mississippi River and across the street from the La Crosse Center, the Holiday Inn® Hotel & Suites La Crosse welcomes... More

Ladies get away weekend
2 rooms 6 women and it was still a great time. Location next to a lot of night life helped!
Mar 10, 2014
From $54

6 Econo Lodge La Crosse

2 stars
2.4 / 5 8 reviews

1906 Rose Street Map

The Econo Lodge of La Crosse, Wisconsin is located at Exit 3 (Hwy 53) off I-90. We are just one mile south of the interstate and only 3 miles from downtown La Crosse, with its many fine... More

Just Ok
I stay in La Crosse a lot, so I'm familiar with quite a few different hotels. This one was just ok - it was clean and the price was good, but I wouldn't stay here if you plan on being in the area...
Aug 11, 2014
From $79

7 Quality Inn La Crosse

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

1830 Rose Street Map

The Quality Inn hotel in La Crosse, WI is located near the banks of the Mississippi River. The Quality Inn is three miles from La Crosse Municipal Airport and close to fine dining, shopping, indoor... More

From $61

8 Super 8 La Crosse

2 stars
3.4 / 5 34 reviews

1625 Rose Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

The Super 8 La Crosse, Wisconsin is conveniently located off I-90 at Exit 3/Hwy 53 South. The motel is located near Eau Claire, Wisconsin Dells and Madison, Wisconsin. The Super 8 La Crosse,... More

Super 8
The room smelled musty and the bed was terribly lumpy and uncomfortable. The rest was okay, the staff was good.
Aug 15, 2014
From $109

9 Candlewood Suites LA CROSSE

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

56 Copeland Avenue Map

Walk Downtown from this Hotel's La Crosse Location If you're looking for extended stay hotels in La Crosse, choose the Candlewood Suites® La Crosse, WI hotel and you may be able to forget a rental... More

From $174

10 Courtyard by Marriott La Crosse Downtown/Mississippi Riverfront

3 stars
4.1 / 5 12 reviews

500 Front Street S Map

Rate includes breakfast

Located on the Banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of historic Downtown, the Courtyard by Marriott La Crosse Hotel features a completely new, renovated environment for your enjoyment and... More

Marriott La Crosse, WI
Great location on the shore of the Mississippi and a couple blocks from a ton of downtown La Crosse bars, restaurants, shops, etc. The staff was very nice and breakfast came with the room. Only...
Jun 17, 2014
From $39

11 Americas Best Value Inn La Crosse

2 stars
2.3 / 5 36 reviews

2622 Rose Street Map

Fall Sale - Save 15% on your stay

Welcome to Americas Best Value Inn of La Crosse/ Wisconsin. Our two story interior corridor hotel offers 110 spacious guest rooms equipped with high-speed wireless Internet access- hairdryers-... More

NEEDS UPDATING
THIS HOTEL NEEDS UPDATING AND BETTER CLEANING, BUT FOR THE PRICE GUESS YOU SHOULD EXPECT SOMETHING LESS
Sep 16, 2014
From $55

12 Howard Johnson Inn La Crosse/I-90

2 stars
2.7 / 5 15 reviews

2150 Rose St. Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

The Howard Johnson Lacrosse/I-90 is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. Whether you are here for Business or Leisure you can enjoy... More

Adequate
We only stayed here because all the other hotels in La Crossse were booked. I thought it was expensive for what it was
Aug 9, 2014
From $59

13 Days Inn La Crosse Conference Center

2 stars
3.4 / 5 24 reviews

101 Sky Harbour Dr/I-90 Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Full service hotel with 146 spacious guestrooms 4 Jacuzzi Suites Heros Bar and Grill Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access Free Continental Breakfast Large Indoor Heated Pool and... More

Bike trip
The hotel was ok. The room was fine, the bathroom was a little dirty, there was hair on the floor when we got there and the ceiling was dirty with some mold ect. The Heros bar was ok and the...
Aug 24, 2014