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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

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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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University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Attraction type: Educational sites
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Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Capitol Square
Capitol Square
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #1 of 871 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Dining options: Lunch

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Swad Indian Restaurant
Swad Indian Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 39 Restaurants in Monona
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
L'Etoile Restaurant
L'Etoile Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 871 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
La Taguara. Venezuelan and Latin American Cuisine
La Taguara. Venezuelan and Latin American Cuisine
Ranked #4 of 871 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Venezuelan, South American, Colombian
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #5 of 871 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Super 8 Madison South
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Madison South
$68 - $127
Ranked #29 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Super 8 Windsor/Madison North
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Windsor/Madison North
$58 - $100
Ranked #34 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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HI-Madison Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Madison Hostel
$30 - $64
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
$139 - $257
Ranked #2 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Cambria Suites
3.0 of 5
Cambria Suites
$105 - $163
Ranked #5 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Hampton Inn Madison East Towne Mall Area
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Madison East Towne Mall Area
$111 - $193
Ranked #6 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Mansion Hill Inn
4.0 of 5
Mansion Hill Inn
$167 - $351
Ranked #4 of 9 Madison B&B and Inns
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The Edgewater
4.0 of 5
The Edgewater
$194 - $379
Ranked #8 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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