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Address: Alma, WI
Description: This park, located 500 feet up on a bluff, offers scenic views.

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Autumn view

Went there today on a cold autumn day, but still worth braving the cold wind. Fantastic views, 500 feet up the bluff, took many pictures. I can imagine, summertime and BBQ's, we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2014
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Zhuhai, China
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Zhuhai, China
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Went there today on a cold autumn day, but still worth braving the cold wind. Fantastic views, 500 feet up the bluff, took many pictures. I can imagine, summertime and BBQ's, we went there on a cold day, so that shows the effort worth taking at any time of the year.

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
53 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The city of Alma is an interesting town built on the hillside next to the Mississippi River. The park is 1153 ft up, up, up! A short walk from the parking lot gives you an incredible view. You can see for miles. If you bring small children -- do NOT let them run ahead, there are no fences.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was an amazing way to start the day! It was absolutely beautiful to watch the sunrise lighting up the river valley. Access to overlook is so easy that it's perfect for many. The hiking trail down to second street also had a great views, and was not at all as steep as one would expect. Beautiful area and so... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A great park for families, lots of picnic spaces but the real highlight here is the amazing views overlooking the town of Alma and the big river. A great spot for snapping photos, picnicking and hiking down to the town from atop the bluff. I would have given it an excellent rating, but the toilets were so foul you could... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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358 reviews 358 reviews
82 attraction reviews
491 helpful votes 491 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a must do if you are in the area. It's a short drive up to the parking lot from the town of Alma and the path to the overlook is well maintained and even. The view from the vantage point is spectacular. We had.come from Wabasha and it was neat to look back towards there. We were fortunate... More 

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Northfield, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Mother nature at it's best. A beautiful view and a beautiful drive to get there. This area of the country including the river roads in both WI and MN are some of the best sights you will ever see. Bluffs are amazing.

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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Buena Vista is a must-visit when in Alma! My favorite way to get to the top and see the beautiful views is from the hiking trail off of 2nd street. It is about a 1 mile hike from 2nd Street up to the park on a nice trail - not too steep, and there are benches along the trail just... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very well kept park, nice overlook of Alma and the surrounding area of the Mississippi. Like standing on top of the world.

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Otsego, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It's hard to beat the view we had from Buena Vista Park. We were fortunate the day was clear without much haze. It provided a great view of the Mississippi, the lock and dam, the town of Alma and the Wisconsin and Minnesota countryside. The park itself appears very well kept and the shelter must be available for family events.... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you are on a motorcycle or in a convertible the trip to the park is a gas but in any event the view is as the namesake implies...Buena Vista...

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