Scenic Highway 60 - Lower Wisconsin Riverway

With incredible views and memories worth the distance — Scenic Highway 60 is an unforgettable journey to take together along the Lower Wisconsin River from Lodi through Prairie du Chien. Gather a group of friends and take this 100-mile trip through twists and turns winding down to the Mississippi River Valley at the heart of Southwest Wisconsin’s rural Driftless Region. 

Stunning River Views 

This destination is one where time slows down and memory-making speeds up while discovering the unexpected beauty of pristine waters, hills, bluffs and valleys along every mile. And there’s plenty of moments to reconnect and share together.        

Catch a glimpse of endless greenery and the Wisconsin River as you roll down your window and feel the breeze. And there’s unexpected magic waiting at every stop. You can enjoy a scenic picnic with each other, race on kayaks, discover the area’s rich history and have a meal together in a charming town like La Crosse, Sauk City, Spring Green or Prairie Du Chien (or stop and enjoy them all). Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or rather a jam-packed weekend, the Highway 60 adventure is for everyone.

The Wisconsin River Every Season

Celebrate Wisconsin’s four seasons with a unique experience every time of the year. 

During the fall, visit parks and explore trails as you take in vibrant scenery. Some of our favorites are Marion park, Town Hill State Park and the Ferry Bluff State Natural Area. Perhaps even enjoy a family picnic underneath the fall foliage of reds, oranges and yellows. A winter wonderland takes you through sparkling snow and ice that lines the lakeshore. This trip is perfect for sipping warm hot cocoa and winter activities like sledding, ice skating and a fun snowball fight. Greenery and blossoming flowers take over the landscape in the springtime. Get an up-close look at these beautiful colors with hikes and picnics. And there’s plenty of picture-perfect moments on this trip. A summertime road trip calls for an adventure with endless water activities including kayaking, swimming and soaking up the sun along the byway’s many beaches and shorelines. Pettibone is our favorite must-see beach in La Crosse with a view of the riverwalk.

This getaway can be done in a day or extend it into a multi-day trip perfect for exploring together along Wisconsin’s second-named scenic byway, the Lower Wisconsin River Scenic Byway.