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
The price is $69 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison, Alliant Energy Center, and Vilas Park Beach. Henry Vilas ...
4/5 Very Good! (160 reviews)
"good"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

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
The price is $133 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Downtown Madison, this luxury hotel is steps from Capitol Square, Madison Area Technical College Downtown Campus, and Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Wisconsin ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (961 reviews)
"Convenient to all attractions"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Madison West, WI
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Madison West, WI
2.5 out of 5
2212 Deming Way, Middleton, WI
The price is $78 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in the heart of Middleton, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Death's Door Spirits Distillery and Capital Brewery. National Mustard Museum and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"Very nice & clean, however clearly they are having a staff shortage causing the desk clerk to be pulled in many directions making my check in process fee rushed although friendly."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Madison West, WI
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Madison West
Homewood Suites by Hilton Madison West
3 out of 5
479 Commerce Dr, Madison, WI
The price is $118 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of West Towne Mall, Elver Park, and Vitense Golfland. University Research Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (489 reviews)
"Good location. Pet friendly including available bags for dog walks. Safe neighborhood."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Madison West
Home2 Suites by Hilton Madison Central Alliant Energy Center
Home2 Suites by Hilton Madison Central Alliant Energy Center
3 out of 5
2153 Rimrock Rd, Madison, WI
The price is $127 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Alliant Energy Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (295 reviews)
"Clean and updated."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Madison Central Alliant Energy Center
Middleton Market Condos By Barsala
Middleton Market Condos By Barsala
3.5 out of 5
7628 Lisa Ln, Middleton, WI
Situated in Middleton, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of National Mustard Museum, Capital Brewery, and Death's Door Spirits Distillery. Lake Mendota ...
Middleton Market Condos By Barsala
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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