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State Street, Madison

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State Street serves as the city's main pedestrian route and center of activity. The street stretches through the center of town, with the state capitol at one end and the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the other. This location gives the area a lively student population. Explore the many shops as you stroll, or stop in for a bite or drink at one of the restaurants, bars, or cafes. You can also watch the musicians who frequently play along the route, as well as the other street performers. Don't miss the Memorial Library Mall, one of the city's most notable historical buildings. See State Street and all Madison has to offer by arranging your trip with our Madison route app .
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  • It's been quite a few years since I strolled down State Street in Madison. But it's still an eclectic mix of great restaurants and wonderful stores. Be sure to stop into the Visitor Center if you are ...  more »
  • Great for walking and sight seeing. Very clean ! Nice to take the family to walk around or take pictures.  more »
  • Fun specialty shops, good restaurants, good coffee shops, ice cream, Parking is a little hard to find.  more »

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The university and state politics draw a constant stream of visitors to Madison, so you'll find a wide range of accommodations in the city. Numerous hotels circle the campus, and some of these overlook Lake Mendota. Moving onto the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, you'll find a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, most of which offer panoramic views of the water. Areas south of Lake Monona feature national chain hotels and motels. These sit farther away from the action around campus and the State Capitol Building, but they can also offer water views and quiet settings near some of Madison's many parks.
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