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La Crosse Travel Guide, Wisconsin

La Crosse, WI US - Overview: Prairie La Crosse of Wisconsin

La Crosse, the La Crosse County’s county seat lying along Wisconsin, is a principal city in the United States. The city was incorporated in 1806. It was previously known as Prairie La Crosse.

Location and Climate

The city is situated to the east of Mississippi and the west of Wisconsin. The La Crosse River flows along the entire city. The city has 23 square miles of which 94% is land and the rest is water. It is surrounded by the Prairie Valley, which towers the Granddad Cliff. The city is located on the upper Midwest part of the country and because of this it has a temperate and continental climate. July is the hottest month, whereas January the coldest. The climate is one of the reasons why tourists from several parts of the globe visit it all year round.

As per the last census of 2000, the population of the city is 58,524 of which 22,535 are households and 10,434 reside in the city.


La Crosse is a great cultural city with some of the best theatres and organizations. The presence of several races in the city, which include Whites, Afro-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, has led to a variety of cultures. Visit the Pump House Regional House Center; inside this hall, there are year round art exhibitions, folk, jazz and blue performances. The La Crosse symphony is the best orchestra of the city. To add to the list are Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Julia Belle Swain, La Crosse Public Library and County Historical Society.

There are a huge number of cultural groups famous for organizing the seasonal events. The names include Concert Band, Camber Chorale, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Riverboat Music Cruises.


The city maintains an excellent link with the nearby provinces via its roads, railways and airways network. It is linked to Pinnacle Airlines, Compass and Sun County Airlines. The Mississippi River serves as an excellent medium for water transportation. La Crescent is connected to La Crosse via the Mississippi River Bridge. The railroad is equally efficient in transporting both passengers and goods via the Amtrak Station. Many highways and expressways run through the city, including Interstate 90, US Highway 61 and Wisconsin State Highway 16.

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