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Plan Your Trip to Madison: Best of Madison Tourism

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Madison, Wisconsin

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.
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Madison Is Great For

Self-guided Tours


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Eat & drink

Frequently Asked Questions about Madison

Some of the most popular restaurants in Madison include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Madison between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.