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Address: , Madison, WI
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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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Best stroll in town!

This starts from near the state capitol at the corner of Mifflin and Carroll Streets. A lot of homeless guys hang out at this corner but you can walk around them. There's always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
DanielPofMI
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Williamston, Michigan
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Williamston, Michigan
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109 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This starts from near the state capitol at the corner of Mifflin and Carroll Streets. A lot of homeless guys hang out at this corner but you can walk around them. There's always plenty of people walking around, so don't feel unsafe. The only vehicles allowed on the street are buses and authorized vehicles, so not too much traffic, and... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see & do on State Street, you can spend the easily just walking, site seeing & eating on this street. People are very friendly & helpful. Had a greAt time.

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Verona, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We moved a friends daughter in her new college house on Langdon street. We then took aneasy walk to the Union and State Street. On State Street we stopped at the University book store, starbucks and she point out all her favorite haunts. It is really easy for student to find everything they need in walking distance.

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CENTRAL WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

COME ON,,,why does madison allow beggers , dirt bags ,leaches,, to occupy the state street area,,, i cant figure this out ,,, the only reason they are there is because they allow it ,,easy pickens , liquor stores and bars,,,soglin needs to wake up ///you have college kids with there families walking threw this CRAP!!! clean this area up /thx

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Morton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Madison is a laid back, diverse community and a walk down State provides shops and dining to satisfy every taste. Major retailers and small business exist next to each other. It is friendly, no hard sells and safe. Always a fun experience.

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was probably once better than it is now. There are several vacant store fronts and quite a lot of homeless people lying around on the benches or sifting through garbage bins. Every other storefront is some type of cheap restaurant seeking to hire the returning students. The campus of the UW is at one end of State Street, including... More 

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Overland, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A neat little street, some small shops but a lot of chains like gap. Couple sports shops, lots of bars, quite a few restaurants. Worth a stroll but I was hoping for more small shops.

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Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Easy walking, lots of small locally owned shops. Many places to eat. Pretty well kept, not city fault people are slobs. Sour note: being hassled by the homeless and people who just appear to hang around on State Street doing nothing.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you are visiting Madison, a State Street visit is a must. There are so many little sepciality stores that make a day of leisurely shopping a very fun experience...no matter what the age. With a mix of students, locals and visitors it's definitely a people watching spot too.

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Poynette, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

No cars allowed, making the walking experience awesome! Stores and more stores! Plenty of restaurants and seating outside, weather permitting. Stop at Claire's popcorn, excellent popcorn! Have lunch at Ian's Pizza, yum!

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