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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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State street is bot a jewel in Madison and a place that can sometimes not be the place to be. That all depends on you. I am a WI and Madison native so this comes from years of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Mason
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

State street is bot a jewel in Madison and a place that can sometimes not be the place to be. That all depends on you. I am a WI and Madison native so this comes from years of experience. Daytime visits to state street are for a meeker level of explorer. The daytime traffic tends to be fairly calm especially... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Lots of vacant shops right now. Kinda dirtier than I had expected. I get the idea of it but wasn't that impressed. Went late afternoon into the evening.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

State Street has many stores and small shops. It also has a bunch of bars. At times the homeless people become a bother always begging for change when there are help wanted signs in some windows. It is a experience that I enjoyed more when I was younger than I do now.

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Rutland, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Great mix of local restaurants, a few chain ones. Lively, great atmosphere. Amazing bakery - Madison Sweets, It's a must go!!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

People watching is great! Along with a variety of stores to window shop at. Many open patio restaurants and bars ch peopleto wat

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Madison, Wisconsin
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215 reviews 215 reviews
62 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

State Street is one of the three prongs that make up Madison's entertainment district, the others being Capitol Square and University Avenue. 100-600 block State Street are pedestrian friendly, except the roadway is used by Madison Metro, taxis, emergency services and delivery vehicles. The 700 block has no roadway, making it truly pedestrian friendly but minus the coffee shops and... More 

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New York City, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

this is the main street for you to spend some cash from the trendy shops to the dining spots. street performers and ice cream and lots of friendly faces

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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118 reviews 118 reviews
41 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

State street is an excellent place to go for whatever you need while visiting madison. It has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops of all kinds. It's adjacent to the University, so is very convenient to load up of Badger gear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

It is a beautiful place. I like it. You would find a lit of pleasant shops, buildings and it is nearby the amazing Mendota lake.

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A great neighborhood that runs from the State Capitol straight to the campus. Lots of shops and restaurants and perfect atmosphere for students.

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