Located in the stunning Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, La Crosse is nestled between the rushing waters of the Mississippi River to the west and towering bluffs to the east. This striking geological area is known for its natural beauty, which has attracted businesses, students, and outdoor enthusiasts for generations. La Crosse was once an important port for steamboats headed down the river and is now home to a historic and charming downtown, extensive hiking trails, river cruises, and an excellent craft drinks scene.
La Crosse Queen Cruises is great for groups big and small. Coast the Upper Mississippi and learn all about this unique region and the people who settled the area. Book time for your group to enjoy a brunch or dinner cruise as you take in views of the cliffs along the river and the La Crosse riverfront.
The Coulee Region Craft Beverage Trail includes many of La Crosse’s local businesses. Visit breweries, wineries, and a distillery to get a taste of the city’s proud brewing tradition and other local flavors.
No matter the season, the view from the famous Grandad Bluff is stunning. Drive up to the trail and overlook to take in scenic views of the city and the Mississippi River Valley.
What’s on Tap?
Wisconsin is famous for its beer, and La Crosse boasts several notable breweries with spacious taprooms for unwinding with friends and colleagues. Pearl Street Brewing has been making award-winning brews since 1999, Turtle Stack Brewing proudly uses local ingredients to craft their beers, and veteran-owned 608 Brewing Co. makes fantastic IPAs among other brews. La Crosse Distilling is the city’s first distillery and uses ingredients from family farmers to make handcrafted spirits. The distillery also has a full menu featuring grain bowls, fried chicken, tacos, and much more.
Downtown La Crosse has plenty of delicious dining options that are sure to please all palates. Enjoy French cuisine at the The Charmant Hotel or Le Chateau, or share appetizers at the 4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern and Lovechild Restaurant are beautiful spaces to host farm-to-table dinners, and The Freighthouse Restaurant serves mouthwatering steak and seafood. For traditional American fare and other smoked meats, dine at Piggy’s Restaurant & Blues Lounge.
Where to Gather and Sleep
There are plenty of places to host meetings and conferences in La Crosse. The centrally located La Crosse Center completed major renovations in late 2021 that include modern amenities to comfortably host up to 6,000 attendees. The Pump House Regional Arts Center is a historic and elegant gathering space with knowledgeable staff and flexible packages that fit events of all sizes and durations. Named for its riverside location, Celebrations on the River provides on-site catering, full-service bars, and expert event planners in its three meeting spaces.
La Crosse has comfortable accommodations that fit any price range, including the boutique Charmant Hotel, the meeting- friendly Radisson Hotel La Crosse, and the centrally located Home2 Suites by Hilton La Crosse. All are within walking distance of downtown event venues and restaurants.