The State of Wisconsin is also known as America’s Dairyland because of its huge range of dairy products, mainly cheese. It is also famous for beautiful cities, cranberries, mink pelts and beer. The State of Wisconsin is located in the north central United States and provides some great cities to live in like its capital Madison. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and located in the center of the County in south central Wisconsin and not very far away from Milwaukee and Chicago. Madison area was home to Native American for 12000 years and then the European settlers named it after James Madison. Being the capital of Wisconsin helped Madison grow a lot as a center of education, culture and politics. Today, this city is one of the most visited cities of Wisconsin and features some great pieces of architecture.
Madison city has a humid continental climate and summers go quite hot with no dry seasons. The temperature varies from 11 F to 83 F during the year and the period of May to September is warmest with maximum temperature of 71 F. November to March is the cold season with temperature going down to -8 F sometimes. Rain is common here and light snow can be seen during January to March. The best time to visit Madison is during summers when the weather remains pleasant most of the time.
How to get here?
Dane County Regional Airport is only some minutes away from the city downtown and receives huge numbers of flights daily from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit and many other places. You also can reach Madison by car as the highways connect the city with Milwaukee, Dubuque, Chicago and other cities. Outside the airport you can easily get rental cars, taxis, limousines or airport shuttle to get to downtown. After reaching Madison, you can easily rent a bike to get around.
Accommodation and Food
Madison has an exciting range of accommodation from boutique hotels to budget hostels in all price ranges. The best rated accommodation is the Blu Radisson Hotel which has been an award winning hotel from a long time. There is also Midwest heritage where you will get a number of hotels that assure that your stay is very comfortable and enjoyable. The best options include Americas Best Value Inn, Americlnn in South Madison, Arbor House, Best Western Plus Inn, Cambria Suites, Chalet Landhaus Inn, Campus Inn and Chancellor’s Club.
You are sure to find rich and delicious food in every corner of the city as there is everything from food carts to five star restaurants everywhere along with some waterfront dining options. You will absolutely love the tasty cappuccino of Aldo’s Cafe at N. Orchard Street, continental food of Alpine Restaurant at New Glarus, amazing ice-cream at Artisan Gallery & Creamery Cafe and unique mix of cocktails at Avenue Bar at E. Washington Avenue. Other good options include Banzo, Basie’s, Bassett Street Brunch Club and the Bayou. Waterfront Restaurants include Paisan’s Italian Restaurant, Lake Vista Cafe and Brittingham Boats.
Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol is a historic structure located on the isthmus made by Lake Mendota to the north and Lake Monona to the south in Madison. The ground in which State Capitol is situated, covers an area of 13.5 acres with 154 trees of 30 different varieties. It is home to the chambers of Wisconsin legislature and Wisconsin Supreme Court. The construction of Capitol was completed in 1917 and was designed by the architect firm George B. Post & Sons. The building of Capitol is 285 feet high and the exterior is made of White Vermont granite featuring one of the finest works of architecture. You can take guided tour of Capitol and learn about the great legislature of the city.
Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo is a public zoo located at S Randall Avenue and covers a total area of 28 acres. The interesting thing is that the zoo charges no admission fee or parking fee and receives more than 8 million visitors every year. The zoo is situated on the land which was received by the city from William and Anna Vilas in 1904 for the purpose of public park construction. The main attractions among the animals of the zoo are golden lion tamarins, lar gibbons, grizzly bears, Bactrian Camels, penguins, peacocks, rheas, ostriches, rattlesnakes, anacondas, american badger, porcupines, red pandas, tapirs and white rhinoceroses.
Monona Terrace is a famous convention center located on the shore of Lake Monona in Madison and also known as Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. It is mainly used for convention services, exhibitions, catering and wedding services. The Monona Terrace opened its doors to public in 1997 and was designed by architect Frank Lloyd as a recreational building. Today, more than 4 million people visit Monona Terrace every year and participate in many public events including Dane Dances. You can become a part of the guided public tours, group tours and student tours which cost differently depending on the tour type.
Camp Randall Stadium
Camp Randall Stadium is an outdoor stadium located on Monroe Street and is home of Wisconsin’s Football team. It was built in 1917 and with the seating capacity of more than 80,000 people, it is included in the nation’s largest school owned stadiums. The stadium has been impressing fans since the first game played here in 1917. It has hosted a lot of events like UW football games, Drum Corps International, Green Bay Packer Exhibition games and much more.
Other attractions in Madison include Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Children’s Museum, Overture Center for the Arts, Lake Monona, Chazen Museum of Art, Lake Mendota and others.