Tucked into south-central Wisconsin, Madison is located on an isthmus and is defined by its five area lakes. Exuding Midwestern charm, the city regularly receives accolades for its reputation as a friendly town. With a fit and healthy population, Madison is a great place to enjoy outdoor and family friendly activities. The best of bookish college town and elegant state capital, Madison has an outgoing personality that makes everyone feel welcome.
The birthplace of the farcical newspaper The Onion, Madison knows how to have a good time. With the exception of its legendarily cold and snowy winters, Madison's climate is ideal for exploring its local waterways - by watercraft, or along more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Savor the Cheese, Devour the Rest
For a slower pace — and an unusual art experience — wander among the metal works in Dr. Evermore's Sculpture Park where you can marvel at birds, dragons and the Forevertron (recognized by Guinness as the world's largest scrap-metal sculpture). Or while away a Saturday morning at the Dane County Farmer's Market in Capital Square. No surprise: it's known for its offering of artisanal cheeses. Or window shop along State Street, a downtown pedestrian mall lined with boutiques and restaurants, buskers and jugglers.
Settle into a cozy environment at Graze Gastropub and L'Etoile Restaurant for sandwiches, burgers and pastries from slow-food and farm-to-table pioneer Odessa Piper. Or kick back at the Weary Traveler Free House to enjoy international comfort food in a wood paneled pub. In a hurry? Visit The Carts at Liberty Mall for street food from around the world.