Some of the most charming Wisconsin towns to visit are those little ones that have popped up along the riverfront. Fabulous views and great communities make these ideal ones to hit up this spring. Here are 12 that you should check out.
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Pepin was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and a visit here can show you how the town inspired this author. Besides the Laura Ingalls Wilder memorial, you can check out the marina and the swimming beach.
Stockholm is a haven for artists and craftsmen, and who wouldn't come here for inspiration? You will want to stay awhile at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts. Also, they have one of the best pie shops in the state: Stockholm Pie.
3. La Crosse
This river town is unique because it is also a college town, being host to UW-Lacrosse. A bustling, revived downtown is a huge draw for tourists. There are plenty of old historic buildings for you to photograph as well.
4. Prairie du Chien
The second oldest community in Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien is brimming with the past, and you can check that out at the Fort Crawford Museum. The town is full of unique restaurants and shops, including the Valley Cheese and Fish Shop.
Potosi is home to the National Brewery Museum, as well as the largest beer bottle.
Cool fact: Potosi has the longest main street without an intersection (three miles) in the world.
Wyalusing is home to Wyalusing State Park, one of the most gorgeous state parks in all of Wisconsin. It offers stunning views of the islands and channels on the Mississippi. You can observe it from the bluffs, or you can get right down in it on the canoe trail.
Genoa got its name from the Italian immigrants who founded it. The top thing to do here is to visit the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. They raise mussels, brook trout, and sturgeon. Yes, they offer tours, and yes, it's really fascinating to find out what they do.
Onalaska is the sunfish capital of the world, and besides fishing, it is a great place for boating and hunting. This community has been around since 1851, and you can learn all about it at the Onalaska History Museum.
Lynxville might have one of the best views of the Mississippi--anywhere. Head to Larson Bluff to see Pool #9; it has some pristine backwaters, and is a big stopping place for various waterfowl.
Trempeauleau is full of beautiful historic buildings, the most famous of which is the Trempealeau Hotel. The town is also home to Perrot State Park, which has dramatic bluffs and stunning views.
This sleepy community was built back in the 1800s and it is still going strong. Perhaps the biggest attraction is Prairie Moons Garden and Museum, with great sculptural works of a retired farmer.
Alma has a big personality but is tucked into a small space--a really small space. A series of ten stair-step streets run perpendicular to the river and up to the terraced community. Shops, restaurants, and a swimming beach make this a great place to stay.