La Crosse enjoys thriving relationships with sister cities, business partners, students and people from around the world. To celebrate the success of these partnerships, and build a tribute to the culture and traditions of our worldwide friends, local volunteers have worked together to create the Riverside International Gardens in Riverside Park, located in Downtown La Crosse. The gardens are full of blossoming tulips during the spring months.
This lookout offers stunning views of the 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska and Great River State Trail, part of 101 miles of interconnecting state trails which runs parallel with Lake Onalaska. After you swing in to the overlook head across the street to Blue Moon and grab some of their famous Friday Night Fish!
Friends of McGilvray Road, Inc. and the The Van Loon Wildlife Area Truss Bridge Group is a unique combination of five rare bowstring arch truss bridges and one low truss bridge which was adopted from Pierce County and spans a beautiful 6 miles through the Van Loon Wildlife Area.
Looking for family camping on the banks of the La Crosse River with shaded grassy sites and easily accessible from I-90? Or maybe you are looking for a place to jump on the La Crosse River State Bike Trail? Veterans Memorial Park & Campground offers both of those. Of course, you could just sit by the water with your favorite book or maybe a fishing pole and enjoy the day.
Apple Blossom Scenic Drive
Spring Apple Blossom Season
Starting in late May you should plan to bike or drive the 17 mile scenic Apple Blossom Drive, to experience the natural beauty of blossoming apple trees. Ride along the bluff-top roads that overlook the Mississippi River and La Crosse, Wisconsin and descend into the Pine Creek Valley for your return trip back to La Crescent, Minnesota.
Coming in the Fall?
Trees are blossoming throughout spring and summer, but as you drive or bike in the fall, plan to stop and pick fresh apples, taste the local apple cider, and purchase your fall pumpkins. Winter is also an opportune time to visit the area, experience perfect snowy landscapes, and snap photos of the migratory birds of the river valley area.
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