City of Madison

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About Madison

Downtown Madison is located on an isthmus between two of our four scenic lakes, Mendota and Monona.  The Wisconsin State Capitol Square and UW-Madison are linked by the famous State Street pedestrian mall. Take a stroll and you will find dozens of restaurants and stores to shop at. Every Saturday morning late April through early November, Madison hosts the "Dane County Farmer's Market" and it's just outside the conference hotel's front door! Ringing the Capitol Square you'll find eight blocks of great produce, canned goods, cheese, crafts and much more! We look forward to seeing you this fall and visiting our great city!

For more information about Madison see the city's website. See the Downtown visitor's website for many more details.

Getting to Madison

BY CAR

From Minneapolis (4½ hours): 

  • From the North via Interstate 90/94 
  • Take I-90/94 to the Highway 151 exit (southwest) 
  • Heading toward the State Capitol 
  • This is East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Green Bay (2½ hours): 

  • From the Northeast via Highway 151 
  • Follow Highway 151 toward the State Capitol 
  • This is East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Milwaukee (1½ hours): 

  • From the East via Interstate 94 
  • Turn  on  Highway 30 into Madison.
  • Take the "State Capitol" exit off of Highway 30 (E. Washington Ave.) 
  • Follow E. Washington which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Chicago (2½ hours): 

  • From the Southeast via Interstate 90 
  • Take the Hwy 12&18 (Beltline) exit to Madison.
  • Exit I-90 on to Hwy 12/18 (Exit 142A) 
  • Exit 12/18 on to John Nolen Drive (Exit #263) 
  • Turn left on to Broom Street 
  • Turn right on to W. Washington Avenue 
  • Take W. Washington Avenue up to the Capitol Square 
  • Turn right (one way) on to Carroll Street, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Dubuque (1¾  hour): 

  • From the Southwest via Highways 18 & 151 
  • Exit to Highway 151 going north toward the State Capitol 
  • Highway 151 will become South Park Street. 
  • Follow Park Street  
  • Take a right onto West Washington Ave., which leads directly to the Capitol Square. 

BY PLANE

  • Dane County Regional Airport
    Located minutes from downtown Madison, the Dane County Regional Airport offers more than 100 commercial flights daily.
  • Hotel Shuttle Service
    Toll Free:
    800-279-8811 Local: 608-285-8000
    The Best Western Inn on the Park (conference hotel) provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Dane County Regional Airport and the UW campus.
  • Automobile Rental 
    Several automobile rental companies provide service in Madison. Convenient on-site rental at the Dane County Regional Airport is available from the following companies: Alamo/National Car Rental, Avis Rent-A-Car, Community Car and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  • Directions to the Best Western Inn on the Park
Farmer's Market

Getting Around Downtown Madison

TAXIS

Downtown Area Restaurants & Attractions

MUSEUMS

UW-MADISON

Other Attractions