Madison, Wisconsin

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    Sep 22, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    I want to give a shout out to a pretty unique place. I spent a week in Madison on business recently and must say I'm quite impressed. I've been to a LOT of cities across the US and Madison, for me, had just the right amount of everything to make it an fun and interesting town.

    The city is small but has an active club/bar life. The University of Wisconsin is co-located with the downtown district so the place is always hopping--especially State St. (a closed pedestrian friendly street). There are multiple lakes and parks both in the city and near by. Into boating (or ice skating in the winter?) They've got you covered. Lake Monona and Mendota are large lakes with options to rent boats if you don't have one. Like state parks? Devil's Lake with its cliffs, bluffs and fall color is totally incredible. It looks like a paint store blew up all over the trees. Also Governor Dodge State Park is near by as well which offers plenty of trails and interesting waterfalls and springs.

    Madison reminds me of a small Denver. Most of the residents are very outdoorsy. It's cold in the winter, toasty in the summer. The fall color is amazing. The capitol building is beautiful and it's only a few hours drive from both Minneapolis and Chicago. If you haven't been, DEFINITELY go. I think you'll like it just as much as I have----and I'm a republican (something MANY of the residents in Madison are NOT).
  • calibro

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    Sep 22, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    wisconsin is for badgers
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    Sep 22, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    Halloween at the U of W-Madison is supposed to be something else!!

    Anyone been there during that time who can fill us in?