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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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  • The only reason I don't give it a 5 is because it fills up with incredibly obnoxious drunks after 9pm. Always. I have been to State Street dozens of times and it never fails. I always make sure I am o...  more »
  • A trip to Madison is not complete without a stroll on State Street. Bars, restaurants, quirky shops, the Capital on one end and UW on the other. Fun, fun, fun!!  more »
  • We walked this street daily because the where we were staying but aside from that we did like that it had many food and coffee options. Basically anything you’d want. Also a few shopping stores plus b...  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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