Madison Travel Guide

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Madison Overview

Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and home to the flagship of the University of Wisconsin System, appropriately named the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Downtown Madison is situated on a isthmus between 2 lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The university is situated on the southern shores of Lake Mendota. Walking and biking trails along the lakes make for great views and a perfect way to enjoy a spring, summer, or autumn day.

The university is connected to the capitol building by State Street, which is lined with bars, restaurants, espresso cafes, and shops. Madison has the reputation of being a liberal party town. The UW is often ranked as one of the top party schools in the nation.

Madison residents love the football, basketball, and hockey teams that represent the university: The Wisconsin Badgers. Each of the teams plays in an on-campus facility. Sports are very important to this city.

There are a great number of stores, bookstores and cafes on State Street. The street itself connects the Capitol with the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The streets of Madison are named after the signers of the US Constitution. There is a sign on the corner of West Washington and State Streets that explains this and gives the names of the signers by state.