Many first-time visitors come to Madison to check out the university – either for themselves or their children – and fall in love with this Midwestern city, set graciously between and around two, large beautiful lakes.
Flights to and from Madison are offered seasonally. Dates may vary.
Why Go To Madison
As the capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin, this small city is chockful of big city amenities including celebrated architecture, beloved restaurants, excellent museums, and outstanding recreational pursuits, making for a perfect Wisconsin vacation.
More than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails
What To Do
The work of two of the world’s greatest architects – Frank Lloyd Wright and Cesar Pelli – can be found and toured while visiting Madison. Wright’s elegant convention center graces the shores of Lake Monona and is open for tours throughout the year and, if you want to learn more about Mr. Wright, his former home, studio, and school – Taliesin -- is just 38 miles to the west. Cesar Pelli’s stunning Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free to visit during operating hours. For traditional architecture, make sure to visit the State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark with gorgeous stonework and beautiful mosaics.
Hip retailers and fashionable boutiques can be found along and around State Street between the Capitol and the University. Larger retailers can be found west of downtown, near the University.
Wisconsin prides itself on its dairy farms and rich agricultural heritage, so you are sure to dine on great food – whether it be a family-friendly tavern offering fresh cheese curds and locally sourced bratwurst, or a quintessential supper club specializing in Old Fashioned cocktails and grilled steaks.
Beer and college seem to go together and Madison is no exception with a multiple of craft breweries in the immediate area. For a short road trip to a statewide favorite, head 30 miles southwest to the town of New Glarus and its namesake brewery. The beer is great and made even more special as it is only available in Wisconsin. For a more cultured outing, attend any one of the great performances at the Wisconsin Union Theater or Overture Center for the Arts.