Discover fun things to do in Sparta, the Bicycling Capital of America

When you book a room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites just off I-90, you can easily explore the area’s top things to do, from a tour of the oddball FAST Fiberglass Mold Graveyard to outdoor adventures in the surrounding Driftless Area. Our hotel is located within 15 minutes of both the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River state trails, perfect if you want to see the area on two wheels. The Whitetail Ridge Ski Area offers winter adventures roughly 15 minutes away. Looking for indoor fun? History buffs can spend time at the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum in Sparta’s town center, and shoppers can browse local stores and markets close by.

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Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum

1.58 mi / 2.54 km from the hotel
For an entertaining look at modes of transportation ranging from bicycles to space shuttles, be sure to visit this popular museum located in the heart of Sparta.

Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail

0.79 mi / 1.27 km from the hotel
Situated along the path of the abandoned Chicago & North-Western Railroad bed, this 32-mile trail runs between Elroy and Sparta and features three rock tunnels and five small towns.

La Crosse River State Trail

7.12 mi / 11.45 km from the hotel
This state trail provides excellent hiking, biking, and snowmobiling paths that wind through Sparta's picturesque forests and farmlands.

River Run Golf Course

2.34 mi / 3.77 km from the hotel
Recipient of a three-star rating from Golf Digest, this beautiful 6,622-yard golf course is designed to provide an enjoyable experience while challenging your game.

The Little Falls Railroad & Doll Museum

10.34 mi / 16.64 km from the hotel
With a 40-foot play train and a collection of more than 1,600 vintage and modern dolls, this unique museum provides hours of entertainment for hobbyists of all ages.

World’s Largest Bicyclist

1.24 mi / 1.99 km from the hotel
You can’t miss this 32-foot sculpture of a cyclist named Ben Bikin’ that resides over the Main Street area of downtown Sparta. Plan a visit at night to see the wheel lit up.

FAST Fiberglass Mold Graveyard

3.75 mi / 6.03 km from the hotel
This cemetery of giant fiberglass molds discarded by the FAST workshop is a treasure house of American roadside kitsch. Visit to appreciate the quirky creative vision of customers around the US and to admire the ingenuity of the molds’ creators.

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area

8.43 mi / 13.56 km from the hotel
Head to this private park for a day of snowtubing, snowboarding, and downhill or cross-country skiing. Rentals are available, and the on-site chalet offers food and drinks.