Madison travel guide

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You're Going to Love Madison

Wisconsin's capital is an intellectual center, a thriving foodie destination, and simply an appealing, relaxed, and enjoyable place to spend some time.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Madison

What to do in Madison

Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Monona Terrace
Top activities & attractions in Madison

When to Visit Madison

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Summer is the best time to visit Madison. It's festival season, the lakes are at their most inviting, and the town just feels laid-back and ready to welcome visitors.

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How to Get to Madison

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Where to Stay in Madison

Madison has some stunning lakefront accommodation options, and highlights include the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Hotel and the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Madison

Where to stay in popular areas of Madison

Most booked hotels in Madison

How to Get Around Madison

The Cost of Living in Madison

Shopping Streets

Madison has a few excellent family malls, including Hilldale and East Towne Mall, and you'll find plenty of independent stores around Capitol Square.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include Festival Foods and Trader Joe's, and you can expect to spend around $1.60 on 12 eggs, so it's a cheap place to shop.

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Where to Eat in Madison

There are numerous elite restaurants in town, but highlights include the Old Fashioned, a down-to-earth tavern and restaurant; L'Etoile, a gourmet modern American eatery; and Harvest Restaurant, which specializes in using Wisconsin's fresh produce. Meals prices vary, but a good meal will cost around $25 per head.

Most popular restaurants in Madison

Harvest - Wisconsin
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The Statehouse
Excellent (1,543 reviews)
Samba Brazilian Grill
Excellent (1,416 reviews)
La Kitchenette
Excellent (954 reviews)
Eno Vino Downtown
Excellent (671 reviews)
Tempest Oyster Bar
Excellent (493 reviews)
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