Days Inn La Crosse Conference Center101 Sky Harbour Dr, La Crosse 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated in La Crosse, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverside Amusement Park, Hixon House, and Valley View Mall. Mississippi Explorer Cruise Dock and ...
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites La Crosse200 Pearl Street, La Crosse 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in Historic Downtown La Crosse, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Crosse Center, Mississippi Explorer Cruise Dock, and Children's Museum of ...
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center LaCrosse3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska 2.5 out of 5.0
Located in Onalaska, this family-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Valley View Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverside Amusement Park and Myrick Park. ...
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Onalaska/La Crosse3240 N Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska 2.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Onalaska, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Valley View Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway and Riverside Amusement Park. ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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