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Ride from Madison to La Crosse

A history lesson about cranberries and the Amish way of life lies ahead on this ride from Madison to La Crosse. Start your day heading north out of Madison on US-51, then merging onto Interstate 90/Interstate 94 West towards the Wisconsin Dells. After approximately an hour and cruising by beautiful Lake Wisconsin, you now enter Wisconsin Dells and its huge array of entertainment opportunities.

Not only a fun-filled family park, it is chocked full of history and natural beauty. Leaving The Dells continue traveling West on I-90/I-94 and you will pass through Mill Bluff State Park, gracing both sides of the highway. This is quite a nice spot to relax for a bit after the excitement and fast-paced time spent at The Dells. Continuing on to Tomah, the crossroads for west-central Wisconsin, this city offers a variety of outdoor activities or shopping for unique Amish and cranberry items. For your last leg of this versatile trip, stay going West on I-90 to La Crosse, passing by Sparta, a fun stop along the way.

DISTANCE: 143 Miles | START: Madison, Wisconsin | END: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Sights along this ride:

After spending some time in Madison, a place for riding, running, skating or strolling, Wisconsin Dells awaits you. Be prepared to spend some time there as your entertainment options are varied, too numerous to mention.

Known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells is also famous the world over for the natural beauty of sandstone cliffs and rock formations along the Wisconsin River that give the “Dells” it’s name.

Have fun experiencing the monster water parks, but don’t miss out on the many natural attractions that often cost little to enjoy. As you continue on I-90 West towards Tomah, Mill Bluff State Park is the perfect spot for you to slow down and catch your breath after your busy time at The Dells. As you travel through this park, you will be intrigued by the unusual, tall bluffs rising abruptly from the flat plain.

Soon you will be upon Tomah, a city abundant in Amish history ... oh and don’t forget the cheese and cranberries – both important parts of Wisconsin’s rich history. With festivals and historic events happening all year long, you will be sure to find something new in Tomah.

After stocking up on cranberry jelly and sampling too many cheeses to mention, it’s time to head on to your final destination, La Crosse. As you continue West on I-90, you will pass through the quaint little town of Sparta, just a few miles outside your final stop. Sparta is known as the Bicycle Capital of America. So if you want to trade in your motorized 2-wheeler, for a man-powered 2-wheeler, here is your chance.