If there is one thing that is not lacking in Eau Claire, it's the views. From river scenery to architectural detail to beautiful parks, Eau Claire is undeniably full of incredible places to rest your eyes and reflect. Need a little guidance on where to take in some of the best scenic sights? Well, don’t fret! We’ve highlighted a handful below to get you started! These are some top-notch views for you to explore any day, any season right here in Eau Claire, WI.

Two women looking at the view at the top of Mt. Simon

1. Mount Simon

For those of you that like to hike a little to get your views, check out Mount Simon. Hiking the trails to the summit will lead you to an outcrop for you to take in the view below. It is like Eau Claire’s version of Pride Rock from The Lion King if you will. Dell’s Pond scenery below never disappoints. 

Putnam Park Trail

2. Putnam Park

Near and dear to UW-Eau Claire, take a stroll through Putnam Park. With a rustic road vibe, this path will make you feel like you’ve escaped civilization right in town. In the summer, the trees canopy the road and engulf you in a magical green. But don’t forget to come back in the wintertime; it’s a scene straight out of Currier and Ives.

The High Bridge at dusk

3. High Bridge

This towering, converted railroad bridge, is a place to catch a view. Overlooking the Chippewa River, downtown Eau Claire, and the paper mill, this is a good place for a unique 360-degree view of Eau Claire.

A couple walking on S Bridge in the summer 
Photo provided by Travel Wisconsin 

4. S-Bridge

'S' is for Scenic Views! That's exactly what you will be getting when you cross this bridge over the beautiful Eau Claire River. It also offers unique views of the historic Banbury Place or East Side Hill District. 

A bench located at the downtown scenic overlook on Earl St.

5. Downtown Overlook on Earl Street

You know, those cute little model village displays with tiny-looking buildings and miniature fixtures? Well, this view will give you just that fun perspective of downtown Eau Claire! No need to pull up a seat – a bench awaits you to sit down and soak it all in.

Playing in stream at River Prairie park in Altoona, WI

6. River Prairie

Although River Prairie Park is located in Altoona, the natural scenery is something you can't miss when exploring the area around you. On a summer evening stroll, you might even be lucky to stumble upon some live music. 

Pointing at View of Town of Union Conservancy

7. Town of Union Conservancy 

Town of Union Conservancy - Eau Claire's ultimate hidden gem. Channel the hiker within you when exploring the trails. An opening in the trees gives you one of the best views of the Chippewa River we have ever seen. It's the perfect place to find some inner peace and serenity. 

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