LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN
Dahl Auto Museum - View antique cars and learn about the Ford Motor Company and its five generations of history through their automotive journey since 1911.The Dahl Auto Museum celebrates the Dahl family's involvement as automotive dealers spanning over 100 years and 5 generations. It also features the history of the automobile through the eyes of Ford Motor Company, an extensive mascot collection and many beautifully restored classic automobiles from the turn of the century to present. Approximately 20 antique and classic cars are on display to highlight each decade from Dahl Automotive inception in 1911. To incorporate historic La Crosse, the museum also features a re-creation of the Starlite Drive-in Theatre.
Chapels of St. Rose – A beautiful historic Romanesque-style house of worship. It has been open since 1871. The shape of this immense and beautiful chapel symbolizes attributes of God. The high ceilings represent a God who transcends the finite world while the shape of the nave, transepts and sanctuary form a cross, acknowledging an immanent God who has been with humankind even through suffering and death. At the entrance of the chapel, just above the door, a relief of Moses before the burning bush is showcased. Admire bronzed statues, symbolic paintings and sculptures, stained glass windows, and mosaics.
Hixon House - A beautiful look back in time at an authentic Victorian home.Built in 1859, this Italianate house features beautiful woodwork and lavish interior decoration. With approximately 90% of its original furnishings, the Hixon House is a unique historical home truly representative of its era. This beautiful Victorian house is filled with nearly all of the original furnishings, making it stand out from many other historical homes. The construction of the home began in 1859 by lumber baron Gideon Hixon, who featured beautiful woodwork and ornate interior decoration. His wife, Ellen is responsible for the decoration of the home, who chose the Aesthetic fashion style, accenting rooms with “Turkish Nooks.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Riverside Museum - Visit the Riverside Museum to enjoy exhibits that explore the chronological history of La Crosse. Riverside Museum exhibits chronicle the history of La Crosse, concentrating on the Mississippi River and its importance to the area. Exhibits range from prehistoric artifacts to a large collection of birds and fresh water clams. A video of the history of La Crosse is shown and artifacts of the steamboat “The War Eagle” are on display.
Riverside International Friendship Garden - A place of beauty that reflects an appreciation for the diverse cultures that share the earth. Here, you’ll find gardens to represent six different nations from around the world. La Crosse enjoys thriving relationships with sister cities, business partners, students and people from around the world. To celebrate the success of these partnerships, and build a tribute to the culture and traditions, the township decided to create a garden filled with the flowers and decorations closely resembling a garden that could be found in one of these sister cities. The town is currently sister cities with areas in Ireland, Russia, France, Norway, Germany, and China. The township has worked together to create the Riverside International Friendship Gardens in Riverside Park along the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River. (Located inside the same building as the Riverside Museum)
La Crosse Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Named by explorer Zebulon Pike who saw a group of people playing a game with sticks that looked like a cross, La Crosse is now a tourist stop. Filled with statues, architecture, and an exquisite view of the river, this river city is an artist’s dream. Like much of Wisconsin, La Crosse became heavily involved with the lumber industry in the mid-1800s until the decline of the forests throughout much of Wisconsin took its toll. But in the wake of the vanishing lumber era, La Crosse became a city renowned for its beer making, with around five breweries operating in La Crosse near the turn of the century. Today, make note of lingering pieces of history along the streets of the city, inside local breweries, and within the floorboards of historic homes and businesses.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
Winona Revealed: The Midwest’s Best Kept Secret
Begin the day with an intimate river experience on the Winona Tour Boat, and experience the Mississippi River as our expert tour guide covers river refuge history, aquatic life, and the river’s local environmental impacts. Then, explore a new aspect of the region at the Winona County History Center, where exhibits will showcase an era where the bluffs were just being formed and the area was a booming lumber town. Conclude the day at Minnesota Marine Art Museum where collections of original masterpieces by Turnery, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and more are displayed!
APPROXIMATE DURATION 4.5 hours
CAPACITY 50 Guests
12:00 PM – 4:35 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
Mississippi Wildlife, Sites and Attractions of Winona
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Guided Sight-Seeing Tour on the Winona Tour Boat, Winona County History Center, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Narrated Winona City Tour
Northbound and Southbound Voyages