Overnight -- La Crosse, Wis.

On a clear day, you can see almost forever from Grandad’s Bluff in La Crosse, Wis.

This 540-foot high bluff offers a stunning view of the city of La Crosse, the Mississippi River and clear across to the bluffs on the Minnesota side of the river. Squint in the right direction and you can see all the way to Iowa.

Grandad’s Bluff is La Crosse’s highest point, but not the lone attraction in this grand old river town. The historic downtown area is sprinkled with one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops, historic buildings abound and Myrick Park has a zoo, the Kids Coulee play area and hiking trails. History buffs will be fascinated by exhibits at the Swarthout Museum and the Riverside Museum.

If you’re traveling with children, plan a stop at the Gertrude Salzer Gordon Children’s Museum, which has three floors of hands-on exhibits, or the Hixon Forest Nature Center.

How do we get there?


Take Interstate 90 east. La Crosse is right on the Mississippi River.

What will it cost?

The view from Grandad’s Bluff is free. Admission to Myrick Park is also free.

Will kids like it?

The zoo and Kids Coulee are always a hit.

What else is there to do?

Explore Riverside Park, or Pettibone Park, which is on an island.

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La Crosse, Wis.

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