Southwest Wisconsin Cities
Belleville is a great Southwest Wisconsin community. The natural beauty and solid community bring families and businesses to the area. Cities within about a half-hour’s rural drive include Madison, Monroe and Janesville. Our newly restored Lake Belle View, the Sugar River water trail, and Badger State Trail are just a few of the many outdoor activities that are available in the area.
Hustler - Camp Douglas
The quaint villages of Hustler and Camp Douglas, known as the western gateway to Juneau County, Wisconsin started as a railroad settlement and logging & lumber community in the mid-1850's. The declining railroads after World War II gave way to the rise of highways and today Interstate 90-94 runs beside Camp Douglas and minutes from Hustler.
Biking along the Omaha Bike Trail is a popular recreational activity and rental bikes are available. Other local recreation among the rugged rock formations and eye-catching terrain of the area includes Mill Bluff State Park, Nelson Park and local fishing.
Camp Douglas is home to Volk Field Air National Guard Base, which houses the the Wisconsin National Guard Museum.
The village of Cashton and the townships that surround it are gateways to one of the largest Amish communities in the nation. Over 300 families have made their homes in the area since the first Amish settlers arrived in 1966. The quiet, simple life of the Amish has long intrigued the English, as non-Amish are called, as have their old-world skills that result in colorful quilts, handcrafted furniture, and tempting candies.
Located at the junction of State Highways 33 and 27, Cashton was named after William Henry Cash, landowner who built the railroad in the town. German and Irish ancestry residents paint the slower pace of life that so many hold dear here. The charm of the small town offers unique specialty shops, variety of casual and fine dining, and lodging choices from in-town to countryside. Visitors can experience the Amish lifestyle by touring a diversified selection of shops for crafts, jams and jellies, and all types of handwork throughout the hills and valleys of the Cashton area.
A welcome message from the City of Elroy Mayor, Sharon E. Knuth. I am so pleased to be the mayor of such a wonderful community with so many exciting things to see and do. Come enjoy a weekend of bike riding through old train tunnels as you ride on one of our 3 trails. We even have a trail shop where you can rent bicycles, shower, picnic, and purchase train trinkets.
Enjoy a trip through Elroys past in our downtown museum, do a little shopping, take in a movie at Juneau County's only movie theatre, and relish in fine food served at one of our local restaurants. Then stay in our local motel or camp in our beautiful park and enjoy our updated shower and bathroom facilities as well as our community swimming pool. Your family will enjoy a trip to Elroy.
Between the Mississippi River and the picturesque bluffs that rise above it, lies the friendly city of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The Great River State Trail offers over 100 miles of bicycling trails, bridging 18 streams and channels coursing their way to the Mighty Mississippi. These crossings and surrounding wetlands are havens for wildlife. Deer are often seen in the cool shade even at mid-day. The Black River forms a maze of channels that herons and egrets love. The La Crosse River State Trail is an excellent introduction to this amazing trail network.
Just south of trails-end at Marshland, you can tour the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge - a 5,600-acre riverside home for migratory waterfowl, herons, egrets and resident bald eagles. You will agree, the great river is a great place to be.
Amish Tours of Harmony - Experience a lifestyle where the horse and buggy still provide the transportation, the home is lighted by kerosene lamps, and water is heated on a wood burning stove.
Formerly known as the Heileman Brewery, the City Brewery offers $1 tours, and a view of the largest six-pack in the world. La Crosse offers numerous options for getting out on the river, including a dinner cruise on an old-fashioned paddle boat, the La Crosse Queen.
La Crosse offers a wide variety of bed and breakfasts which will ensure that you find lodging that is perfect for your vacation.
Mineral Point, Heart of the Driftless. Founded in the early 1800’s by miner’s searching for lead, Mineral Point is the first city in Wisconsin to be placed on the National Register of Historic places and continues win awards and distinctions for historic preservation as well as for a place to visit.
Mineral Point has over a dozen art galleries plus working artist studios, live theater and performances, art classes at Shake Rag Alley and special art events including 4 yearly Gallery Nights, the Fall Art Tour, Clay in May and the Driftless Film Festival.
Historic sites include Pendarvis Wisconsin State Historic Site, the Orchard Lawn Historic estate, the Mineral Point Railway Depot Museum and the Mineral Point Opera House. The downtown streets are lined with distinctive limestone buildings and the neighborhoods are full of lovely restored homes.
And of course there is food, everything from a brewpub, to fine dining, to home style Japanese, to old fashioned diners, to friendly Wisconsin taverns.
All this in the heart of the Driftless region with beautiful roads to drive or ride, and short distances to state parks and major attractions such as House on the Rock, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen and American Players Theater.
Mineral Point welcomes you!
This summer, take an Onalaska vacation. On the bluffs, on the trails and on the water, Onalaska is home to the best in outdoor recreation and relaxation.
The Mississippi River and 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska offer great angling, boating and paddling. Fish for walleye, bass, northern pike, catfish and sunfish.
Located along the Mississippi River Migratory Flyway and surrounded by protected wetlands, Onalaska is an ideal destination for birdwatchers. Bald eagles and American white pelicans can be seen throughout the summer months.
Hit the trails! Hike and bike the Great River State Trail, offering incredible views of the river valley and towering bluffs. The trail links with more than 101 miles of interconnected state trails.
Go golfing in Onalaska this summer. Choose from seven different area golf courses.
Onalaska has the largest retail district in a nine-county region and an excellent list of lodging options. Our convenient location right off I-90 makes us a favorite vacation destination. Plan your trip today!
Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien is the second-oldest settlement in the state of Wisconsin, and the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi River. It offers a wealth of historic sites and glimpses into authentic frontier life. French Canadians engaged in the fur trade settled on St. Feriole Island and each spring the Native Americans came to trade furs for goods. This Rendezvous is reenacted each year in June. The flourishing outpost attracted Hercules Dousman, who made a fortune in the fur trade and real estate. His son, Louis, built the famed Villa Louis mansion, a Victorian estate recently restored to its 1890s splendor. The Carriage Classic is held on its grounds.
Before the Villa Louis was built, Fort Crawford stood on the Indian mound that now is the site of the mansion. This site is where Dr. William Beaumont conducted his groundbreaking medical studies. The original fort was destroyed by floods, and a second Fort Crawford was built in 1829 and it was here in 1832 that the famed Sauk warrior Black Hawk surrendered, ending the Black Hawk War.
Today, Prairie du Chien is a city of 6,000 and is the largest community in Crawford County. It is also the county seat. It offers numerous attractions, a variety of lodging and dining establishments, shopping, unique annual events, and unlimited recreational choices.
There is so much to see and do in Reedsburg throughout the year. Residents and visitors alike enjoy museums, outdoor recreation in our many beautiful parks.
Reedsburg is located only minutes away from the most exciting attractions in the nation, such as Wisconsin Dells, Circus World Museum, Devil's Lake, the House on the Rock and the American Players Theatre.
The first settlers came to the banks of the Kickapoo River in the 1850s, and called the area Pine Grove. The name of the village was changed to Soldiers Grove in 1867 to honor those who camped here during the 1832 Black Hawk War. But the Kickapoo River proved to be the major player in the village history; devastating floods repeatedly damaged or destroyed the village. In the early 1980s, Soldiers Grove chose to move its business district out of the floodplain, building the nations first solar village in the process. Over 20 new buildings were constructed, each using solar energy for at least 50% of heating needs.
Soldiers Grove is home to two exceptional events. Dairy Days, held on Fathers Day weekend, features a horse show, tractor and truck pulls, games and tournaments, and a children's carnival. The Driftless Area Art Festival, held on the third weekend of September, features the visual, performing, and culinary arts of the Driftless region.
Whether you prefer the Victorian elegance of a bed and breakfast or the charm of a country inn, Sparta has plenty of lodging options for the savvy traveler.
Known as The Bike Capital of America, Sparta Wisconsin is the perfect place for a family bicycling adventure or a romantic weekend getaway. With over 100 miles of state trails, you will have plenty of room to explore the countryside, rock tunnels, and the La Crosse and Kickapoo Rivers.
Sparta boasts several museums, including the Deke Slayton Memorial Museum with space and flight displays, and the Bicycle Museum, with displays ranging from the earliest European models to modern racing cycles.
Located in 3 large buildings encompassing 3 acres, near Cataract, midway between Sparta and Black River Falls, the Railroad and Doll Museum displays thousands of dolls and a wide variety of railroad memorabilia.
The River Valley area boasts attractions that measure up in beauty and originality to the countryside that surrounds it. Anchored by the original and inspirational Taliesin and the fun and funky House on the Rock, the Spring Green area holds the prospect of experiences like none you have ever had before.
Originally settled in the late 1840s by Norwegian immigrants who felt at home in the rugged countryside, Westby celebrates its Scandinavian heritage with two famous festivals. The annual Syttende Mai celebration is held on the weekend closest to Norway's May 17 Constitution Day, and features music and entertainment, traditional arts and activities, a heritage tent, and parade. The winter event is the annual Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament, which attracts a large international field of competitors and is one of North America's premier ski jumping events.
Westby's lively downtown also reflects its Norwegian heritage, from Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts to Ole and Lena Kaffe Hus. There is also down-home cooking at cafes and supper clubs, antique and craft shops. The Westby
Co-op Creamery retail store offers local cheeses, yogurt, and butter made right at the Westby factory. Lodging can be found at the downtown historic inn and for entertainment, there is golf at Snowflake Ski and Golf Club or nearby Nordic Bowling Lanes. A Norwegian photo opportunity is getting your picture taken with Ole, the city's wood-carved mascot, at the Stabur and where you can pick up area tourism information.
Wilton is the heart of the famous Elroy Sparta Bike Trail. Located mid-trail between tunnels number 1 and 2, Wilton is also a gateway to Kickapoo River recreation. The village park provides a fine place to camp, with picnic shelters, swimming pool, and a Sunday-morning pancake breakfast served by the Lions Club from Memorial Day through Labor Day.