Wandering Wisconsin: La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Wisconsin is filled with great travel destinations, and News 3 Now is taking the time to share some of our favorite road trip destinations that are easy to reach from the Madison area.

La Crosse, located on the state’s west side, is referred to by some as the gem of the Mississippi. It’s the biggest city in Wisconsin along the river.

During the summer there’s great hiking on the bluffs, boating on the river, and in a few weeks, a big Fourth of July festival — River Fest.

La Crosse also has a great, historic downtown with plenty of shops, restaurants and plenty of bars.