Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and lies due west of Milwaukee. Named the “City of Four Lakes” (Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa) for its location, it is a residential city with tree-lined streets and a laid-back and youthful feel thanks to the presence of students from the University of Wisconsin. Downtown Madison is on an isthmus between the lakes Mendota and Monona. The city was original named for President James Madison.
When to visit MadisonJanuary temperatures are around freezing at 32ºF and there is frequent heavy snowfall. Summers are hot and humid with average July temperatures of 82ºF. Madison is fortunate to be an ideal getaway for outdoors types to travel to Madison at any time of year.
How to get to MadisonDane County Regional Airport (MSN) at 5 miles northeast is the closest to the city. There is no rail service serving Madison but buses link the city with its neighbor Milwaukee.
Madison attractionsIn the center of things is the white granite State Capitol Building near a popular hotel, the Madison Concourse. Chazen Museum of Art in on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. The city also has a fine reputation for food with a celebrated Farmer's Market and many varied restaurants to choose from. The waterfront is the city's biggest draw however, with many Madison hotels and inns strategically place to take advantage of views of the water.
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