La Crosse

Discover your adventurous spirit in La Crosse. Bike or hike along the Mississippi River and try new craft beers and culinary dishes only found here. There is always something new to discover in La Crosse and memories to be made with loved ones.

Outdoor Living at its Best

Far west on the Mississippi River in the Driftless Region, La Crosse is situated in a prairie surrounded by bluffs and hills perfect for outdoor activities. 

Biking, for instance, is a popular pastime here with miles upon miles of road, mountain and multi-use trails. Besides biking, you can play a round of golf at our area courses or hike through the Hixon Forest for beautiful views of the river valley. 

Surrounded by lakes and rivers, La Crosse is also a destination for water activities. Grab a kayak or canoe and spend a day on the water. For a more leisurely experience, travel down the Mississippi River on a paddlewheel boat with the La Crosse Queen Cruises for brunch, dinner or a sightseeing tour.

For outdoor festival fun, celebrate Oktoberfest USA with festive parades and plenty of craft beer to go around. Learn more about La Crosse and our history on the Historic Trolley Tour. On it, you’ll see beautiful sights like the riverfront, historical districts and city parks.

Distilleries, Supper Clubs & More

La Crosse is also a culinary destination with everything from fine dining to pubs and breweries. 

Catch up with friends and family over a meal at a classic Wisconsin supper club or an ethnic restaurant serving up Thai or Mexican fare. Enjoy surf and turf with a craft cocktail at Digger’s Sting or locally-crafted beer from Bodega Brew Pub

If spirits are more your thing, try handcrafted whiskey or gin at La Crosse Distilling Co. situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. 

Check-In, Getting Here

Our hotels and unique accommodations are ready to welcome you and your party for the night or more. 

There are big-name hotel chains if you're looking to stay downtown near shops, restaurants and attractions. 

For a historical and private stay away from other guests, reserve the Cargill-Pettibone House. The restored Victorian four-bedroom home features a few modern touches, including a full-service kitchen. Not far from downtown is the Wilson Schoolhouse Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and as the name implies, is a schoolhouse-turned-inn featuring two bedrooms. 

And it’s easy getting to La Crosse. Interstate Highway 90 runs right through the city, making it accessible by car. For those who prefer to arrive by plane, you can get regional flights into La Crosse Regional Airport or consider flying into Madison or Milwaukee and taking a road trip to this gem found along the Mississippi River.

If you’re looking for a trip filled with outdoor thrills, historic stays and culinary eats, make La Crosse your next family, friends or romantic getaway.

Explore La Crosse

A Christmas Carol 12/02/2022 - 12/04/2022 La Crosse - 0.89 miles away
CP Holiday Train - La Crosse 12/10/2022 La Crosse - 1.48 miles away
Artist Reception/First Friday 12/02/2022 La Crosse - 2 miles away
String Ties 12/15/2022 La Crosse - 2 miles away
Johnsmith & Friends 1/13/2023 La Crosse - 2 miles away
Sparta's Annual Holiday Parade and Holiday Festival 12/02/2022 Sparta - 21.86 miles away
CP Holiday Train - Sparta 12/10/2022 Sparta - 21.91 miles away
Sparta Holiday Lights 12/03/2022 - 1/01/2023 Sparta - 22.38 miles away

Average Weather

From soaking up the summer sun to hitting the trails after a fresh snowfall, Wisconsin has no shortage of activities for every season. Here's an idea of what the weather in this area is like to help get your planning started!


High 83° F
Low 61° F


High 30° F
Low 11° F


High 60° F
Low 40° F


High 59° F
Low 48° F

La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau