Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin. Though not the largest city in the state, Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. Due to its low unemployment rate it has been considered one of the best places to live in America for years. Restaurants and shops are located around the university. Madison also hosts Rhythm and Booms, the largest fireworks festival in the midwest as well as a number of music festivals during the summer months.
When former federal judge James Duane Doty purchased a thousand acres of swamp and forest land in 1836, Madison was created. It was voted as capital of the territory because of its strategic location central to many of Wisconsin's important cities. During the Civil War, this was the center of Union activity in Wisconsin.
Henry Vilas Zoo?
Olbrich Botanical Gardens?
State Historical Museum?
Chazen Museum of Art?