La Crosse Travel Guide

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La Crosse Things to Do

  • View from Grandad's Bluff

    "And here for first time in my life I saw my beloved Mississippi River, dry in the summer haze, low water, with its big rank smell that smells like the raw body of America because it washes it up."Jack Kerouac, on his first cross-country journey, in "On the Road."

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  • Grandad's Bluff

    Whose Grandad this is named after I can't say. But he must have been someone special. His bluff is popular with eagle-watchers, rock-climbers, and anyone who just wants to have a great view of the Mississippi Valley.

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  • Riverfest

    Riverfest is a five day family event held every year during the 4th of July weekend at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI. There is always lots of children's activities and entertainers, water skiers, fireworks on July 4th, bands, magicians, and many more. The Food Fair has great food from some of the best local restaurants and dining establishments...

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  • Boat ride

    For an afternoon of fun or longer ride on the Mississippi River steamer Julia Belle Swain is like stepping back in time. It is a great way to see the Mississippi River and the La Crosse area. The Julia Belle Swain was built in 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa, and is one of only 5 authentic steam-powered passenger vessels still in operation on the Mississippi...

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  • Oktoberfest ~ Sept 26 - Oct 4, 2003

    This nine day festival offers something for all ages. Oktoberfest IS AGAIN TWO WEEKENDS! The Grand Maple Leaf Parade (Sept 27 @ 11a.m.), carnival rides, arts and crafts show and ethic foods. Authentic German entertainment, national entertainers as well as local and regional country, pop, rock, and childrens acts during the week. The beautifully...

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  • Take a riverboat cruise on the...

    Take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.The Julia Belle is a paddleboat that will take you back to the days of Mark Twain. It's a 'must-do' when in LaCrosse. Unfortunately when I was here last the Mississippi was at flood stage and we were only able to have cocktails on the boat tied to the dock. But it was still fun.

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La Crosse Restaurants

  • Beer-lovers haven

    Wisconsin and Beer - they make quite a team. The Bodega Brew Pub is a great place to observe La Crossians in their natural habitat. It's a cozy little place - not much to look at on the outside, but with an authenticity that money can't buy. The Bodega has a breathtaking selection of regional, national, and international bottled beers - 200 or more...

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  • Get the apple fritter, it is as big as...

    The food I think is ok but that is not why it is so popular. Most college students in town stop by for the nightly walk up service. Starting at 8pm and going all night long you can go up and get fresh doughnuts. A great way to end a night out on the town. Mr D's is not only known by college students. It is known counrty wide. Before President...

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  • Great Italian

    This is a great little restaurant to eat at. The atmosphere is very home like, friendly staff and the owner is also very friendly. They have a great selection of wine and local beers. I havn't had a bad one yet. I like them all!!!

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La Crosse Nightlife

  • GB PACKERS POST XLV SHOOTERS BAR SUPER...

    WHEN RUDY AT SHOOTERS BAR POSTED A FACEBOOK INVITE THAT STATED HE WAS GIVING FREE DRINKS AFTER THE SUPER BOWL TO CELEBRATE A PACKERS VICTORY I THOUGHT HE WAS NUTS.HE ALSO STATED THAT IF THEY LOST HE WASNT EVEN GOING TO BE OPEN FOR BUISNESS.THAT IS A PACKERS FAN!.GIVEN THE FACT THAT HE IS A PACKERS STOCK HOLDER I GUESS IT MAKES SENSE TO CELEBRATE...

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  • Oktoberfest on 3rd street La Crosse...

    After being clobbered and slobbered by drunks the 1st weekend of oktoberfest in years past i decided to gve the 2nd wknd a try this year.Walking one block up from my hotel to 3rd n pearl streets i could hear the Elton JKuhnTINY DANCER blaring from a little dive bar that i had been at last year.Shooters has been on third street for the past 20 years...

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  • Drink deals

    Shooters bar is a nice little neighborhood type bar smack dab in the middle of 3rd street la crosse.terrific drinks and very good prices.Same bartender/owner every night.Rudy the owner has been there the past 20 years and has a million stories to tell about oktoberfest and many other interesting topics.the guy is a well known local historian and...

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  • Dance club

    These two bars are connected, Coconut joes dosn't have as much dancing but it has a cool underwater theme. Everone usally ends up at Ringside in the dance club by the end of the night. On weekends the cover charge is 1or 2 dollars. Ringside can sometimes be a meat maket, but it is a fun place to end the night. na

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  • Martini bar

    The Calv is sorta 50's retro bar. It has some real intresting history. They have a photo album to check out as you decied what to order. They have very good martinis and strong!!Some times they also have live music. Nice back groud music. Watch out for the door on the way out. It is all glass and they keep it clean. I ran right into it. I only had...

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  • Another bar

    The Bodega is another bar in downtown La Crosse. The bar has a wide varity of beers and drinks. Lots of imports for trying. This tends to be a quiter sit down bar with its regulars. The regulars can be snobby some times to people that like other bars. But over all it is a nice place if you are looking to drink something besides Miller or Bud. They...

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  • Country bar

    For those of you that enjoy country music. It is quite happing on the weekends, I have only been in there once since I am not a country music fan. My friends who enjoy this bar say that people get up on the counters all the time and start dancing. So if that is what you would like to do, bring your boots! None, but if you realy want to look like a...

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  • More live music

    Johns bar usually has a crowd in the mid 30's, which is a bit different from the rest of the bars down town that cater to the college age students. Music Style: Classic Rock/ AcousticThis is also a good place to watch Packer games none

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  • Another bar

    A small bar that enjoys it's live music. If you like it loud come here!Check out the website listed for the band schedlule.Music Style: Blues/ Jazz/ Classic rock None

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La Crosse Transportation

  • Safety bus

    The safety bus runs from Thursday night to Saturday night from campus area to downtown 3rd street. It is FREE cause It is paid for by the college students in town on the tuition bills. There are stops on and off campus, around town and downtown, which are marked with a maroon and silver Safe Ride bus sign. The riding the "drunk bus" can be...

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  • Amtrak

    I have never used it but friends who have said it isn't bad. Services• Staffed Station • Enclosed Waiting Area • Restrooms • Payphones • Free Short Term Parking • Free Long Term Parking AccessibilityPartially accessible to persons using wheelchairs

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  • The La Crosse River State...

    The La Crosse River State Trail has been developed from abandoned Chicago and Northwestern Railroad between Sparta and La Crosse. Prairie remnants, farmlands, trout streams, hardwood forests and wetlands are found along the trail. Packed limestone screenings provide a smooth riding surface. The bridges have planked floors and railings in place for...

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La Crosse Shopping

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    by minkota Written Jun 19, 2003

    You can find interesting and typical Wisconsin things here, including the classic cheese head. This store also has many specialty cheeses that you cant find in many stores. Lots of cute cow things and weird t-shirts

    What to pay: 10-15

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La Crosse Local Customs

  • Grab a cup of Joe...

    When in La Crosse, Wisconsin, locals take most things at an even pace. If you want to learn about the community stop down at Jule's Coffee Shop on 2nd & Pearl St. in downtown La Crosse. The staff are always full of information, and if you ask me, pretty amazing people, and they costumers have never failed to entertain.

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  • City Brewery

    Located at the corner of Third and Mississippi streets (in La Crosse), was established in 1858 by John Gund and Gottlieb Heileman. The premises consists of the brewery proper, malt house, ice-house and bottling department, all of stone, and erected at a liberal outlay. At first, but a limited quantity of beer was placed upon the market compared...

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  • La Crosse Crazy LawsIt is...

    La Crosse Crazy LawsIt is illegal to tie up your horse along Third Street (Now a major bar strip).It is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window.It is illegal to play checkers in public.You cannot 'worry a squirrel.'

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La Crosse Off The Beaten Path

  • Myrick Park

    A wonderful place for the kids to play! I used to play here when I was young, and I have so many fond memories of it. There are plenty of swings, slides, crawl tubes, monkey bars, and much more to keep the kids entertained. It's usually pretty crowded here too. The zoo is just a walk away, and it's FREE for everyone! Come have an afternoon of fun...

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  • Riverside park

    This is a very nice little park in La Crosse. You can sit and watch the boats and barges go by on the Mississippi river. College students enjoy comming here on nice spring days and study for their finals.

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  • Grandad bluff

    City park located by following Main Street east which becomes Bliss Road as you ascend the bluff. At the top, the entrance is found by turning right on Grandad Bluff Road. The 600-ft high bluff overlooks the city of La Crosse. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin Trails...

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La Crosse Sports & Outdoors

  • Bike trails

    There are 2 bike trails in the La Crosse area, the 24 mile Great River State Trail which starts in Onalaska and continues north to the Marshland access and the 21½ mile La Crosse River State Trail which links to the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. All of these afford a great experience to all levels of bikers. Bike

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  • Watch swimming

    If you are at all a fan of swimming I would suggest attending a UW-La Crosse swim meet. I swam there while I was in college and it was a ton of fun. Besides you will be seeing the Confrence champs 2002, and 2003 women compete and runner up men compete. The women finished 10 in the nation in 2002. Some of the best D-III athletes go to this school....

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La Crosse Favorites

  • Old Victorians - #5

    Yellow might not be _my_ first choice for a house color, but I know that this is historically "accurate." I remember seeing home exactly this shade in Cambridge MASS.

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  • Old Victorians

    La Crosse has some beautiful and well-maintained Victorian houses. If you like these nineteenth century wood-frame houses, La Crosse is an excellent place to explore a variety of styles and designs and paint patterns. Many of them are certainly a long way removed from "New England White"!

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  • Getting a Hotel

    Since there are 3 colleges in town, it is hard getting a hotel when graduations are going on. You may want to book far in advance for the middle of may. Also Oktoberfest is another weekend that is hard to find a hotel. Book in advance or bring a tent.

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