The state of Wisconsin is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the Midwest, no matter what part of the state you’re in. Nature preserves, historical sites and much more can be found in the state! Some of the best tourist attractions in Wisconsin are located not far from the quaint, small town of Westby in the state’s southwest region.
The Best Tourist Attractions in Wisconsin near Westby
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Riverside Park, La Crosse
The city of La Crosse sits on the banks of the upper Mississippi River, and there’s no better place to take it all in than at Riverside Park. Located in downtown La Crosse, Riverside Park is one of the city’s best tourist attractions. Take a cruise on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse Queen river boat while you’re there! The park is perfect for running, and is the site of several races, including the Three Rivers 5k. If you visit in the summer, make sure you attend Riverfest, a multi-day, family-friendly festival held at the park.
Kickapoo Valley Reserve, near La Farge
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the Kickapoo Valley Reserve! Spanning over 8,600 acres of largely untouched land, the reserve is perfect place to hike, fish, and learn about local wildlife and vegetation. Stargazers will want to visit the Dark Sky Preserve. It’s free of light pollution and the best place around to watch the night sky. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is near La Farge, WI, less than an hour from Westby. For more information on the reserve, educational programs and guidelines for visiting, visit kickapoovalley.wi.gov.
Wisconsin Great River Road, Genoa and Stoddard
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Great River Road can be described as a Midwest version of the Pacific Coast Highway, rewarding drivers with stunning views of the Mississippi River and its scenery. The road stretches 250 miles and is part of the larger Great River Road National Scenic Byway. Pick up the byway in the town of Genoa, WI, less than 30 miles west of Westby, and enjoy a drive along one of the most beautiful routes in the country!
The Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area
The Dells of the Wisconsin River is one of the state’s most beautiful destinations, and one the most visited tourist attractions in Wisconsin. The Dells are massive sandstone formations, jutting out of the water and lining the Wisconsin River. Boat tours are available, allowing you to see the Dells and the wildlife that inhabits the area up close. Getting there will take about an hour and 20 minutes from Westby.
Home of the Green Bay Packers, one of the NFL’s most storied and successful franchises, is Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Football fans would be remiss to not visit this field and get a glimpse of the team’s rich history and culture. Go to a game during the regular season and witness the Pack in action, or visit the new Packers Hall of Fame! A trip to Lambeau takes nearly three and a half hours one way, so plan accordingly.
Westby House Inn and Restaurant
We’ve only listed a few of the tourist attractions in Wisconsin, but if you visit, you’ll quickly find more! Westby is in Southwest Wisconsin, home to the state’s scenic Driftless Area, which is reason alone to visit. Stay at the Westby House Inn and Restaurant, and you’ll enjoy the best small town Midwestern hospitality in the state! Contact us today about reservations, and download our free vacation guide for some of the best things to do Wisconsin.