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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 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
AndyB55427
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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104 reviews 104 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It is a great walk from the Capitol, has lots of atmosphere, fun restaurants and lots of small artsy shops. For the older generation it feels great to be young again seeing so many students.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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119 reviews 119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

state street contains a decent amount of souveignere, headshop and fashion boutiques. some are more expensive than others. i found a tie i really wanted but it was outrageously priced. this is a great place to take a mid afternoon stroll and soak up the towns atmosphere. perfect for people watching

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Whether you are looking for authentic foreign cuisine, cultural gifts, or just a taste of the real Madison, State St has hit all. Tons of stores for every member of the family. Walk it from the Capitol Square down to the Library Mall, and back up the other side, and you won't regret it.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

State Street is one of the most interesting streets in Madison Downtown, a lot of fun there, you will find nice places, bars, shops, pubs and restaurants with food from all places of the world; it is safe at any time, if you go on winter be sure to wear a warm jacket

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

One of my favorite aspects about Madison is State Street. The location is really unique, as it connects University of Wisconsin-Madison to the State Capitol and is only a block away from Lake Mendota. There is something for everyone whether it's ethnic restaurants, unique local businesses, street performers, protests, Badger game days, farmers markets, shows or a museum or two,... More 

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I love just strolling State Street. You can either watch the unique people who live downtown, shop at quaint stores (including the Farmer's Market nearby), or eat at an assortment of restaurants (including curbside eateries during the warmer months). There are even places where you can rent bikes to ride around, which I haven't done yet but plan to one... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

this place is so cool you just walk down the street and there are places to eat and shop and some places where you can learn things. There are some very expensive art on display. Ragstock is so cool. No matter the age State St. is the place to be.

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