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Address: Madison, WI
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square...
This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops.
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FUN place to walk, shop, eat, sight see, and people watch! We especially love when they have sidewalk sales. Brings out a large crowd with stores and restaurants overflowing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

FUN place to walk, shop, eat, sight see, and people watch! We especially love when they have sidewalk sales. Brings out a large crowd with stores and restaurants overflowing onto the sidewalks and street.

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Portage, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

So many places to try in so little time but State Street is full of places to eat, drink and be merry!

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This street has a great vibe with many restaurants, shops, bars and a great contemporary art museum. Many people walking dining and riding their bikes. Must see while in Madison

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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I was a little disappointed at the limited choice of shopping and dining along the street. It seemed like too many head shops and hippie shops. We actually never stepped into a single place. And food choices were just as limited. I don't know if I'd walk the length of State street again on a future trip.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Alas for the State Street that I knew and loved! While you can still find wonderful local shops unique to Madison, more and more corporate cookie cutter stores are filling up the street, blandifying what was once a unique and vibrant part of Madison's life. I blame the greedy property owners who jack up rents to the point where the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very eclectic. Good variety of shopping and eating choices. Lots of the old charm still left. A bit tiring walking uphill though.

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Well done city planning exercise. A pedestrian mall feel with interesting and useful shops. Food carts with lots of variety. Put this in your Madison itinerary and allow two hours. Combine it with a trip to the adjacent Lake Mendota attractions. Together they will fill a half day and give a good flavor of the city.

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I loved all the old buildings and how they all come together in kind of a pie shape. A very clean city!

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94 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

State Street is a great place for anyone visiting Madison for a first or second time. There are many shops that offer a variety of goods, so you can find just about anything you could want here. There is also a good selection of restaurants, mostly chains but some local as well. There is plenty to do, and you're the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Not exactly pretty, but bustling, wit lots of folks, and restaurants and shops....seems to be the heart of activity on a sunny afternoon.

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Address: Madison, WI
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison

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