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Grandad Bluff, La Crosse

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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 .
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  • Great vista. You can see three states on a clear day. It is most beautiful in the fall. Words can’t express the fall colors from here.  more »
  • We had gone on a quick trip to LaCrosse in September, (it's about 3 hours from home) and we drove the motorcycle there, then up to the Grandad Bluff. Very picturesque and you can see UW-LaCrosse from ...  more »
  • Good place for a photo if it's good weather outside. Just go on a clear day. Would recommend doing in between other activities as a time filler.  more »
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  • Go-To spot when you visit La Crosse! Take some time to walk a few of the trails and spend a moment or two overlooking the city when you make it to the main bluff. There are a few parking areas so you don't have to work very hard to get a GREAT VIEW. Go near the end of the day if you want some beautiful sunset scenes to the west.
  • Grandad Bluff is a beautiful location in La Crosse. I particularly like the ledge/bluff just south of the main point. Great view!
  • Fantastic views! Bathrooms available seasonally. Definitely worth a trip, a short drive from town and a short, easy walk from free parking lot.
  • Absolutely beautiful views! Even the drive up is scenic and curvy.
  • Beautiful location especially for sunset! Highly recommended!!!

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