#11 The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. (Outdoor Magazine) #10 Top Small Cities where Business is thriving (Entrepreneur Magazine) #2 Most Exciting Small Cities in America (Business Insider) Full of natural beauty, La Crosse is an up-and-coming destination. La Crosse has also been listed as the nation's 19th best college town. Enjoy a tri-state view atop the 600-ft. peak of the scenic Grandad Bluff. The city has endless food options. Whether you want to grab a slice of pizza at Polito's or dine at one of downtown's many restaurants, La Crosse has you covered. 80+ locations in La Crosse offer student discounts with an ID—a student favorite being $5 Thursday movies nights at the Marcus La Crosse Cinema. Have a tasty treat at The Pearl or the Great River Popcorn Company. Prefer something hot? There are plenty of coffee shops to choose from—The Root Note, Grounded Specialty Coffee, and Jules are among student favorites. Walk around the historic downtown shopping district. Check out some of the many food and shopping options, and then head over to the scenic Riverside Park along the Mississippi River. From May through October the Cameron Park Farmer's Market is a great place to shop and look around. La Crosse has a silver-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community with over 100 miles of highly maintained bike paths and lanes in the area.