The La Crosse area has many interesting places to visit in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. If you are looking for a smaller town or have a specific area of interest, you should visit one of the communities near La Crosse. Each town/village has a unique culture and offering that might be a fun day trip or destination.

  • Coon Valley, WI – Home of Norskedalen Nature and Norwegian Heritage Center
  • DeSoto, WI – Home of Prairie Glass Studio
  • Holmen, WI – A thriving and growing community north of La Crosse with several specialty stores and recreational opportunities.
  • Galesville, WI – Discover the spectacular scenery of Galesville with their historic buildings and friendly small town atmosphere.
  • La Crosse, WI
    • Downtown – Historic buildings, unique boutiques and stores with restaurants and beautiful Riverside Park.
    • French Island – Bordered by the Mississippi River, Lake Onalaska and the La Crosse River, the island is home to several waterfront businesses, activities and parks.
    • Old Town North – Unique family-owned specialty shops with an “olde world” atmosphere.
    • State Street – Creative boost of elegance and culture near UWL
    • Village Shopping Center – Shopping and restaurants convenient to many southside homes and businesses.
  • La Crescent, MN “Apple Capital of Minnesota” has 3 designated scenic byways: Apple Blossum Drive, Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway and Great River Road
  • Onalaska, WI – Located on a “driftless region” ridge overlooking Lake Onalaska and the Black and Mississippi Rivers with the Minnesota bluffs in the background.
  • Trempealeau, WI – A historic river town located on the Mississippi River. Home to Perrot State Park with trails and fantastic views of the river valley and bluffs.
  • Westby, WI “Velkommen” to Scandinavian heritage and culture year round with authentic Norwegian foods and locally made cheese.
  • West Salem, WI – Scenic area for boating, hiking, picnicking, cycling in the bluffs and valleys
  • Winona, MN – Winona offers culture, arts, history, recreation and festivals with architecturally significant historic buildings and vintage homes that thrill history buffs
  • Wisconsin’s Great River Road – Drive along the base of the bluffs through the river communities and towns enjoying beautiful scenery and wildlife.