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The Wisconsin Series - La Crosse (The Gateway to Minnesota)

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A March 2010 trip to La Crosse by MilwVon

Amish Driving Tour Photo, La Crosse, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: La Crosse sits on the Mississippi River and is one of two major crossing points into Minnesota, on I90.

Kickapoo Orchard

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Attraction | "Worth the Detour"

Kickapoo Orchard Photo, Gays Mills, Wisconsin
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During my Fall 2012 road trip, I enjoyed taking a slight detour en-route up to La Crosse to check out this apple orchard. Located about 50 miles south of La Crosse, the drive through the Kickapoo Valley is well worth the time and effort.This year was not particularly good for Wisconsin farmers due to the drought we experienced. In some areas, the apple harvest was less than in past years but fortunately the Kickapoo Orchard had an apparently "OK" year. I had remembered visiting this orchard some 15 years ago long after fall, so the area was rather barren and absent of color. On this trip, however, the fall colors were exploding. Add to that the Sunflower Maze behind the sto...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2012

Kickapoo Orchard
46490 Hwy 171
Gays Mills, Wisconsin 54631
(608) 735-4637

La Crosse Queen Cruises

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Attraction | "Fall Colors River Cruise"

La Crosse Queen Cruises Photo, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Hop aboard this authentic Mississippi River paddlewheeler and sit back to enjoy the views of the river bluffs of Minnesota and Wisconsin. As part of my "Fall Colors Road Trip" I spent the afternoon in and around La Crosse enjoying a sunny day on the river.Docked at the Riverside Park, the La Crosse Queen holds approximately 150 passengers, offering a number of different tour options. For me, I did the 90 minute cruise upriver, which worked out perfectly given that the 1:30pm tour would fit into my road trip on the way to St. Croix Falls.Our cruise crew included Capt. Mike along with Ann on the lower deck tending to the bar and Lynette our guide who provided commentary. Her n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2012

La Crosse Queen Cruises
405 Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 784-8523

Amish Driving Tour

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Attraction | "Step Back in History"

Amish Driving Tour Photo, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Taking a self driving tour of Western Wisconsin's Amish communities is one way to see what life was like during a more simple time more than 100 years ago. I had wanted to do this driving tour on several different trips through this area of Wisconsin, but the weather or timing never really worked out. This past weekend however, with a late afternoon soccer meeting on a crisp, clear fall Sunday . . . it was perfect! My only regret is that the fall colors probably peaked a few weeks ago, so all of the trees were bare for winter.The start of the Amish settlement areas of Wisconsin run along the Mississippi River south of La Crosse and then inland several miles. Locals say the best way to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2010

Amish Driving Tour
Highway 33
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Radisson Hotel La Crosse

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Hotel | "Very Nice Downtown Location - With a View!"

Radisson Hotel La Crosse Photo, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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I was in town for a late afternoon meeting, so with the roughly five hour (one way) drive, an overnight was necessary. I was fortunate to be able to find this gem of a hotel very convenient to my business plans.The hotel sits roughly 200 yards from the banks of the Mississippi River, with rooms on the western side of the building enjoying a very pretty view. My room was near the top floor, so I had an especially nice scene outside my window.Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly front desk staff who were very prompt in getting me checked in and familiarized with their available dining options.In my room, it was spacious, well appointed, clean and comfortable. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2010

Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 784-6680

Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Comfortable & Homey"

Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant Photo, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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The Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant (WOW is that a mouth full) is one of the restaurants often frequented by the locals; a tribute to their ambiance and quality. The rustic motif is inviting and seemingly appropriate for the outdoors types known to frequent Wisconsin's more rural communities.On my arrival, I thought about having dinner before my 6:00pm meeting, but that seemed too early so I opted to wait until afterwards. Fearful that I had missed their serving hours, I was pleased to find out that I could dine in the restaurant or order room service until 10:00pm. I went on up to my room and called down for room service.My burger and fries arrived in a very timely man...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2010

Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant
111 Front Street South
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 793-5018

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MilwVon

MilwVon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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