I love Madison. I live an hour away and I come here all the time to get away from my boring life. The capital is beautiful. You can go on a FREE tour. Lots of places to shop and eat on state street. Close of UW Madison. There is everything you will want here for a perfect day. Go to the capital on a Saterday, because there is an open air farmers market.
Madison's State Capital Building is rivaled only by the Nation's Capital in D.C. I attended a tour (FREE!) recently. The guide did an outstanding job and knew more than I could ever imagine about every piece of marble or stroke of paint in the entire building! It was very educational without any parts that dragged or lost my interest. It is an absolutely gorgeous building complete with outstanding marble, a grandious atrium and an incredibly high, domed ceiling complete with a mural reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel -- a definite must-see.
I would recommend this tour to EVERYONE, including Madison and non-Madison residents. Again, it's free and even the postcards and memorabilia are very inexpensive.
This is truly the finest State Capitol building in the union. Since it's face lift a few years back, it is even more beautiful than ever. Tours are available, the stone work is amazing, the mosaic is impeccable, and so on and so on. I've visited over thirty State Capitols over the years and I always return to Madison as the top bench mark. The exterior is always a perfect spot for a lovely picnic; especially on Saturday mornings during the farmer's Market (Spring, Summer, Fall)which surrounds the entire eight city blocks of the "Square". Interior is as mentioned with the chance to go to the observation deck to view the whole city 360 degrees. AND IT'S ALL FREE! Can you tell I'm impressed? Yes, State street is off one corner. When you're finished, go to the lakes or Tenney Park or the new Overture Center or even the Frank Lloyd Wright center. I just moved here from Colorado and I am truly impressed!
I'm surprised this is ranked fourth. It looks like any other state capital that I have seen. It is way up on state street. state street is much more fun and entertaining than the state capital. Maybe inside is more fun.
The building is beautiful both inside and out. Prime location for restaurants and shopping. I would visit on a Saturday from late April through September and take advantage of the farmers market in the capital square.
Our family visited here twice, both times in March of 2005. It is a Beautiful building. Very comfortable atmosphere. Felt very safe being there. The tour is something you should make the time to go through. The meaning that was put into every inch of that building shows it. A true piece of artwork and history!!!
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