The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus is in a residential section of the eastern part of the City of La Crosse (population 50,000). A major point of interest on the Great River Road that winds north and south through 10 states along the Mississippi. La Crosse is on the east bank of the river below towering bluffs separated by steep-walled ravines known as coulees. The La Crosse area (frequently referred to as The Coulee Region) is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide a year-round invitation to those who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hunting, fishing, running, skating, cycling, camping, and hiking. The community is at the western end of a statewide network of bicycle trails.
Education has remained a top priority in La Crosse with combined school districts of over 70 elementary and secondary schools and solid academic programs of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo College, and Western Wisconsin Technical College.
The La Crosse community is fortunate to have a variety of quality entertainment in the area. The La Crosse Center hosts many events craft shows, theater productions, sporting events, and concerts. The UW- La Crosse Center for the Arts, Viterbo Fine Arts Center, the Pump House, and the Community Theater are home to many excellent theatrical and musical productions.
La Crosse is on direct transportation routes between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. It is served by Amtrak (Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul line) and bus lines. Scenic highways (Interstate 90 in particular) connect La Crosse with Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. American Eagle, Skyway (Midwest Express), American Link and Northwest Airlines provide numerous daily round trip flights and connections to anywhere in the world.