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Best of Madison Guide

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Madison
The sprawling University of Wisconsin sets the tone for this college town of cafes, bookstores, brewpubs, numerous restaurants (more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.) and a good share of cultural and historical attractions. Stunning glacial waterways make the City of Lakes one of the more picturesque state capitals in the country. More than 250 parks offer residents and tourists plenty of recreational areas to choose from. If you visit the campus, be sure to try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall, before or after a visit to the Elvehjem Museum of Art's collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities. And to really get into the college spirit, head over to State Street's... more The sprawling University of Wisconsin sets the tone for this college town of cafes, bookstores, brewpubs, numerous restaurants (more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.) and a good share of cultural and historical attractions. Stunning glacial waterways make the City of Lakes one of the more picturesque state capitals in the country. More than 250 parks offer residents and tourists plenty of recreational areas to choose from. If you visit the campus, be sure to try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall, before or after a visit to the Elvehjem Museum of Art's collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities. And to really get into the college spirit, head over to State Street's eclectic range of ethnic restaurants. Be sure to try the mouth-watering bratwurst sandwich on a homemade bun at State Street Brats, a student favorite. At the end of State Street, the white granite, Roman Renaissance-style Capitol dominates the skyline and offers an observation platform for views of the city and lakes. less

All things to do » Things to do

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical... more Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol
Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals... more Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals and handmade furniture. The observation deck, open in the summer, offers views of the city and surrounding lakes. Capitol Square plays host to state events throughout the year including Farmers Markets and Folk Festivals. less
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Memorial Union Terrace
Memorial Union Terrace
Capitol Square
Capitol Square
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin
Attraction type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Marrakesh Restaurant
Marrakesh Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 825 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $6 - $17
Cuisines: Moroccan
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #2 of 825 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Dessert, Sandwiches
Nile
Nile
Ranked #3 of 825 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
La Taguara. Venezuelan and Latin American Cuisine
La Taguara. Venezuelan and Latin American Cuisine
Ranked #4 of 825 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Latin, Venezuelan

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Angelo's
Angelo's
Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in Monona
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Mendota Lake House B&B
Mendota Lake House B&B
$55 - $125
Ranked #5 of 8 Madison B&B and Inns
Super 8 Madison South
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Madison South
$69 - $126
Ranked #27 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Holiday Inn Madison Southeast
$45 - $100
Ranked #51 of 63 Hotels in Madison

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites Madison West
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Madison West
$114 - $215
Ranked #4 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Cambria Suites
3.0 of 5
Cambria Suites
$119 - $181
Ranked #5 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Courtyard by Marriott Madison East
3.0 of 5
Courtyard by Marriott Madison East
$123 - $261
Ranked #6 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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