Conveniently located midway between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities, directly off I-90 and and just 40 miles west of I-94, La Crosse, WI, is your perfect hub for exploring the region. Family fun, arts & culture, outdoor activities, sports & entertainment–this area has access to it all. Make La Crosse home base for your whole trip, or just stop in for a day or two on your way to someplace else–we’ll be glad to see you!
The city of La Crosse is home to some of the best festivals in the region, including our world-renowned Oktoberfestcelebration, the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, & Cheese Festival, Irishfest, Riverfest, the Great River Folk Festival, and more. While that might be plenty of festing for some people, we say there’s no such thing as a bad excuse for a party, and the surrounding communities have plenty of their own festivals to help fill up the calendar. Any time of year, take the opportunity enjoy our beautiful countryside as you make your way any of these of small-town events:
- Apple Affair, Galesville, WI (25 miles from La Crosse)
- Applefest, La Crescent, MN (5 mi)
- Butterfest, Sparta, WI (29 mi)
- Celebrate Onalaska, Onalaska, WI (6 mi)
- Cranberry Festival, Warrens, WI (60 mi)
- Hoedown Days, Houston, MN (22 mi)
- June Dairy Days, West Salem, WI (12.5 mi)
- Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien, WI (58 mi)
The rolling bluffs and myriad rivers and streams of the driftless region provide the perfect roadways for motorcycle enthusiasts: twists and turns, hills big and small, and beautiful views everywhere you look. Explore the backroads or hit the highways–there’s no better way to travel! Be sure to check out these websites and businesses for more motorcyclist resources:
- 2Brothers Powersports
- Driftless Destinations
- La Crosse Area Harley-Davidson
- Rod’s Ride On Powersports
Stretching 250 miles from Prescott in the north to Kieler in the south, U.S. Highway 35 in Wisconsin is home to 33 Mississippi River towns, several of which are among the state’s oldest communities. More than two-thirds of the highway traverses protected natural areas, providing countless opportunities for hiking, paddling, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The pristine natural beauty of the Mississippi River Valley and surrounding bluffs, which at times send the road climbing some 500 feet above the river, provide breathtaking views any time of year, making this highway a roadtripper’s delight.
Have you enjoyed the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive yet? Early to Mid-May is the peak season to experience the natural beauty of rolling hills covered in blossoming apple trees. Plan to bike or drive the 17-mile route before the season ends! Ride along the bluff-top...
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