Mad City is a college town with a grown-up food scene and lots of home team pride.

Madison — Wisconsin’s capital — feels like a small town but comes with amenities that rival cities twice its size. Whether you’re looking to lounge and paddle around 15,000 acres of lakes or sample craft beverages at one of countless breweries, Madison is Wisconsin’s favorite place to eat, drink and explore. Bike enthusiasts call it one of the best places to ride in the world, with more than 200 miles of on- and off-road trails ready for pedaling.

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Explore Madison

  • Capitol
  • Monroe Street
  • Willy Street

Capitol

Overview

A lovely lakeshore bike path makes this neighborhood a favorite of active young adults. Anchored by Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin, the State Street pedestrian plaza bisects downtown and serves as its retail, dining and entertainment center.

Known For

Shopping, Dining, Bars, Culture, Museums

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Monroe Street

Overview

Monroe Street’s 1.5-mile-long block of local businesses and historic homes makes it popular with visitors, but admission-free Henry Vilas Zoo brings families in droves.

Known For

Shopping, Dining, Bars, Culture, Museums

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Willy Street

Overview

The historic Williamson-Marquette neighborhood — nicknamed “Willy Street” — is beloved for its diverse restaurants, fun bars and independent shops. The street’s music scene is hopping year-round while summer brings festivals and lively crowds.

Known For

Dining, Music, Nightlife, History

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Experience Midwestern Charm in Madison, Wisconsin

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Explore Wisconsin’s Capital

 Beginning at the Wisconsin State Capitol, explore downtown Madison on vibrant State Street  — a popular pedestrian thoroughfare and a home to incredible restaurants and bars. 

 

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Take In Natural Beauty and Plenty of Brews

Fall in love with Madison’s buzzing East Side at the lakefront Olbrich Botanical Gardens, then refuel at hip new businesses fusing cuisine and culture.

 

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Have Fun in the Sun on Lake Monona

Known as the City of Four Lakes, Madison is one place you can’t leave without getting on the water. Spend the day stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking around a sparkling Wisconsin lake. When the day is done, savor the evening at a dining hot spot known for fresh seafood.

 

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