Madison, WI

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Wisconsin’s capital and second-largest city offers spectacular natural and architectural beauty and many ways to enjoy watersports.

With five lakes, more than 250 parks and hundreds of miles of biking and walking trails, Madison is loaded with outdoor attractions. The city center is perched on an isthmus between two lakes, Mendota and Monona. There are thousands of acres of fields, parks and dairy farms just outside the city. This natural environment contributes to Madison’s relaxed way of life.

Enjoy the watersports offered year-round on Lake Mendota, including water skiing and canoeing in summer and ice boating and ice hockey in winter. Stroll through the wetlands, prairie and forest of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

Visit Downtown Madison to see the seat of Wisconsin’s state government, the only state capitol built on an isthmus. Take one of the free daily tours to admire the rotunda’s extravagantly decorated ceiling and the building’s art and hand-carved furniture.

If you appreciate great architecture, head two blocks south of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building to the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The building is based on a design by Wisconsin native, Frank Lloyd Wright. Often considered one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, Wright designed many civic structures and homes in the city.

Madison regularly appears on lists of the country’s “most walkable” cities and is easy to get around. Since by law, new and redeveloped roads must accommodate pedestrians and bikes as well as cars, the city is constantly increasing areas with non-car access. If you want to pedal around the city, use Madison B-Cycle urban bike-share program. For information about bike paths, visit the City of Madison’s website. Alternatively, use the Metro Transit bus service. Driving in the city center is not recommended since parking is scarce and permits are required in some areas.

Madison’s residents may place a strong emphasis on healthy living, but they also know how to celebrate. Every Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, the city hosts four days of food, music and fun, dubbed “The World’s Largest Bratfest,” featuring thousands of juicy bratwurst sausages.

Where to stay in Madison

Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Madison
Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Madison
2.5 out of 5
2810 Coho Street, Madison, WI, 53713
The price is $74 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30
$74
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30
Stay at this hotel in Madison. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions University ...
4/5 Very Good! (933 reviews)
A Madison Treat
"Tucked into a nice quiet neighborhood but with views of the Madison skyline. Real food for breakfast was a plus. Hard working staff kept it fresh."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Madison
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
3.5 out of 5
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI, 53703
The price is $104 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 30
$104
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30
Stay at this 3.5-star luxury hotel in Madison. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,011 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay at the Concourse. The property is very clean, staff are friendly & the amenities--gym, pool, whirlpool, sauna, onsite Starbucks & easy walking distance to State St-- made our stay exceptional."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Baymont by Wyndham Madison West/Middleton WI West
Baymont by Wyndham Madison West/Middleton WI West
2.5 out of 5
8102 Excelsior Dr, Madison, WI, 53717
The price is $81 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$81
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Madison. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Nice and neat. Good breakfest"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Madison West/Middleton WI West
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pool with Slide. Great for Business Travelers!
Pool with Slide. Great for Business Travelers!
Fitchburg, WI
Stay at this apartment in Madison. Enjoy free breakfast, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Ten Pin Alley and Elver Park are located nearby. ...
Pool with Slide. Great for Business Travelers!
Pool & Hot Tub. Gym. Near UW-Madison
Pool & Hot Tub. Gym. Near UW-Madison
Madison, WI
Stay at this condo in Madison. Enjoy free breakfast, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions American Center and East Towne Mall are located ...
Pool & Hot Tub. Gym. Near UW-Madison
ONE OF A KIND vacation rental with a view
ONE OF A KIND vacation rental with a view
Madison, WI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Madison. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and a sauna. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (106 reviews)
Girls weekend to Madison/Badger game
"This house was just what we needed for our girls trip! House was very clean and easy location to Uber or drive to local restaurants and bars. Very comfortable house, in a quiet neighborhood. Plenty of room for us to lounge and hang out!"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

ONE OF A KIND vacation rental with a view
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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