Trip Planner:   USA  /  Wisconsin  /  La Crosse  /  Grandad Bluff

Grandad Bluff, La Crosse

Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
A mesa created by erosion and weathering, Grandad Bluff features expansive views of La Crosse and the surrounding river valley, as well as several hiking trails. The bluff, part of an area formerly quarried for limestone, towers 180 m (590 ft) above the surrounding area. Drive up the winding road to the top and park close to the lookout, where you will find coin-operated binoculars for viewing the town or countryside. Bring a picnic if you like to one of the designated areas. Plan to visit Grandad Bluff and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended La Crosse attractions using our La Crosse trip planner.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Grandad Bluff
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Grandad Bluff reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,061 reviews
  • We had a beautiful, warm day to do this, but it was worth the drive to the top. Nice restrooms and gorgeous view. Nice descriptions of history. If you just want the view (no hikes), don't stop...  more »
  • Stunning views, especially on a clear day. A must stop when visiting the area. Easy to find and access.  more »
  • I have been up to this overlook many times over many years. It never disappoints. The walkways and guard rails are much safer now. The view of the city, river and bluffs is timeless. It's an easy....  more »
  • Was hot, but worth it. Great view! Take bug spray of you don't want accosted by flies and gnats.
  • Great view of the entire River valley. Beautiful. And an easy drive right to the top.
  • So beautiful & serene. Nice place to go to relax and get away! Trails are so nice & there's literally so much to explore
  • Absolutely one of the most beautiful views! If you're anywhere near the area this is a must see!! Nice bathroom facilities and paved road so no problems getting there!! I will always remember my time spent here!
  • Grandad Bluff in La Crosse is one of my favorite places on earth to visit. The view is always spectacular, of course. The recent renovations to the parking and access are wonderful. The walkways and rails are safe and secure. They have done a nice job with picnic areas and scenic overlooks.

Plan your trip to La Crosse

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.