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State Street

Madison, WI
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Ranked #15 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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

State Street is perhaps the main street in downtown Madison. Along it can be found cafes, restaurants and bars reflecting the diverse ethnic background of its citizens as well as from the 30,000 or so students at the University at the end of this street. Public buildings include the Capitol at one end and the Arts centre and nearby new... More

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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spent time walking down State Street looking for unique shops this visit because we had not taken the time to do that for quite some time...we did notice it seems to be changing over to more food/drink choices than shopping choices, but I feel a person would be able to find any type of cuisine style one is looking... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love the variety of sites, sounds, stages, shopping & restaurants on State Street. Visit a museum, see a comedy show, watch a movie, buy a vinyl record, eat authentic Indian food, shoe shop, and more! The only downside is searching for a parking spot and a whole lot of construction going on all around it.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

State Street is an icon in Madison. Lots of bars, restaurants, and shopping so everyone will have something just for them. People watching is also great here. There is always some local musicians serenading.

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Minneapolis
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366 reviews 366 reviews
121 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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65 reviews 65 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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