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Madison, WI

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Downtown Madison

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Chairs Overlooking a Lake

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This state capital literally shakes on game days during Badger football season as the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s energy filters out to the city at large. The center of the city lies on an eight-block-wide isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona and is energized by frequent live-music concerts, poetry readings, art-gallery openings, and foodie events nightly.

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Terrace Above the Lake
Terrace Above the Lake

Join University of Wisconsin students on the terrace of the Memorial Union overlooking Lake Mendota. Grab ice cream made on campus at the Daily Scoop.

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Get Green
Get Green

The university arboretum’s 1,200 acres of forest, prairie and wetland are an oasis in the middle of the city. Get there on Sunday morning for a guided walk.

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Badger on the House
Badger on the House

The Wisconsin State Capitol dominates the city’s skyline. The dome looks like the one on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., but with a Wisconsin badger on top.

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Enjoy a Down-Home Fish Dinner
Enjoy a Down-Home Fish Dinner

The Friday-night fish fry is a Wisconsin tradition. Drive a little north of Madison to Poynette and try the cod at the Owl’s Nest.

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10 Beautiful Gardens Across America

Great spots to wander among gorgeous flowers and take in the scents of spring (or summer or fall).

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Bring Your Own Hot Dog
Bring Your Own Hot Dog

The National Mustard Museum displays antique mustard pots and more than 5,000 mustards from around the world. The real attraction: a tasting bar!

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