Washington Post Features Madison in Vacation Ideas

Washington Post Features Madison in Vacation Ideas

The Badger State capital is the quintessential college town — packed with trendy restaurants, bars and shops — and is likely to satisfy all tastes.

Madison photos for the Washington Post by Lauren Justice

Madison photos by Lauren Justice

From article author Kate Silver:

Long before I visited Madison, Wis., I overheard a conversation among three women that went something like this: Woman No. 1: “I’m from the Madison area.” Woman No. 2: “Oh, I love Madison.” Woman No. 3: “Madison is like Sara Lee. Nobody doesn’t like Madison.”

Madison is both the Wisconsin state capital, with about 250,000 residents, and a spirited college town, home to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with about 40,000 students. You can’t miss either aspect. The carefully planned area around the Capitol building, called Capitol Square, is packed with trendy restaurants, bars, shops and music venues that appeal to residents as well as visitors. And the campus? It’s a straight shot down State Street, past about a mile of beer and coffee bars, restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shops, a modern art museum and performing arts center.