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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. To visit State Street and get the most from your holiday in Madison, create itinerary details personal to you using our Madison travel itinerary planner.
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  • State Street is one of those special places in which people of all ages can find something along the way that makes a connection. From restaurants, bars, shops, food carts and just the variety of peop...  more »
  • State Street offers a wonderful Saturday Market on the streets alongside the already amazing shops and scrumptious varieties of eateries. If you can't find a great place to eat here you just aren't hu...  more »
  • State Street is more than just a street connecting the UW campus with the magnificent dome of the State Capitol. It is a passage between two unrealities of the city: ivory tower academia and the polit...  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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