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State Street

Madison, WI
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Ranked #14 of 52 Attractions in Madison
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Minneapolis
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332 reviews 332 reviews
103 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Many bars and restaurants for the University students and kids of all ages On the weekend the parking ramp was super cheap compared to Chicago previously on this trip. Many buskers out on a Saturday afternoon in August. We went to a performing arts center on this street which has a kid’s theater company and is a unique building. I’m... More

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St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

So cool that most of State Street is closed to motor vehicles. Lots of nice shops and restaurants. A gay pride parade was setting up while we were there. Nice.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

State street had all of your usual "college town" places to eat but also had local places that were great. It was a little dirtier than I expected though. I did find that the prices were very reasonable.

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There are lots of buildings and coffee shops with a few shops in between. Many of the store fronts are empty. It is easy to see how the street was booming some years ago, but the economy seems to have hit this street hard. The Museum of History is available for a $10 donation per family.

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Ames, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is an awesome place to go shopping. They have all kinds of different unique stores. Tons of places for cute boutiques as well as stores with fun little gifts in them. Also there are a lot of nice restaurants in the area.

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Cork, Ireland, Europe
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

State street is alot of fun to walk up and down and do a bit of shopping. That being said I wouldnt spend all day here though. The wisconsin state capital building sits at one end and the university campus sits at the other end and both are worthy of a visit. The shops on State Street are typical student... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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279 reviews 279 reviews
133 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This street reminded us of M street in Georgetown, DC or Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. It has "head shops," and typical merchandise appealing to students. I cannot imaging local residents shopping here since there is little to attract them. No wonder that landlords are having a tough time filling vacant spaces.

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Santiago
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A variety of shops offer local products. There is a Gap and several shoe stores. Great place to pick up little and unique gifts. Far beyond than the typical souvenirs. Well designed and planned shops. A special mention to the Museum Gift Shop with beautiful art work, jewelry and designer home utensils.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lots of shop to browse through and some street artists who show off their talents which I did purchase a painting from. if you are in Madison you really need to stop by and wander around. Some good eating places too.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

State Street connects the campus to the Square. Tons of shops, restaurants and bars. No cars except for city buses, police and taxis. Lots of spots for outdoor seating.

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