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Top Things to Do in Madison, Wisconsin | 10K Road Trip Vlog 41

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The State Capitol Building is the #1 thing to do in Madison, Wisconsin, and for good reason. It’s AMAZING. We’ve been to a ton of incredible buildings all around the world, from Europe to Asia, and this deserves to be on the list.

The architecture and materials used are beautiful. The tour is interesting and informative (and FREE) and lasts for one hour. Tours are daily except holidays, from 9am to 3pm on the hour except for a break at noon. Sundays are only 1-3pm. The summer has an additional 4pm tour and apparently the observation deck is only open in summer. Check out all the tour details on the Capitol’s website:

We highly recommend the tour, but you can always take the self-guided tour if you want.

The University of Wisconsin is also at the top of the list of things to do in Madison. The campus is beautiful, but the main reason you should go there is to visit the Daily Scoop (Babcock Hall Ice Cream) located at Memorial Union Terrace, right on the lake on campus. It’s so creamy, so smooth, and so delicious. Let me know if you get the Freshman 15 – that’s 15 scoops, 5 toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry!

Number 3 on the list of top things to do in Madison is to eat the Fried Cheese Curds. We got ours from The Old Fashioned because it is one of the highest rated restaurants in the city and it’s conveniently right next to the Capitol Building. The fried cheese curds are fantastic and you should plan a cheat day around them.

Thanks for joining us on this road trip! We hope you’re having as much fun as we are. 🙂

-Brian and Isa

What’s going on here?

We quit our jobs, left New York City, bought a car, and decided to spend the summer driving around the US. The plan is to hit at least 35 states and cover more than 10,000 miles. Watch from the beginning here:

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Filmed on July 28, 2017 on a Canon G7X Mark II.

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7 Comments
  1. Richard Turner says

    Good video of Madison, Wisconsin.Would you please make one of Albany, N.Y.? The State Capitol Building is beautiful.

  2. Jonathon Thomas says

    What a great video! I only ever go to Wisconsin to disc golf and then leave but I’m going I have to go check it out. I can’t wait for the Minnesota video. I drive around and play disc golf and explore things along the way and Minnesota is an awesome state to explore. And of course if you’ve never tried it I highly recommend disc golf! It’s a great way to stretch your legs on long road trips and it’s usually free!

  3. Nicole Roberts says

    LOL!!  The freshman 15 is hilarious!!

  4. Arizona Timeless Tourist says

    That's just not enough ice cream. Being an OHIO STATE fan I would never rub the badgers nose. Enjoying your travels. Stay Safe.

  5. max washington songs says

    Fun vid!! Amazing buildings. Amazing iced cream. I’m definitely going there someday. Thanks for sharing this😃🍧🍧🍨🍨🍧🍦

  6. Donna says

    YUM! Love the old Capitol buildings and University campuses (everywhere). Do you think the PB exploded from heat?

  7. Jasón says

    Hi there! I'm a Spanish guy who travels to USA quite often. I have been following you and your videos for a few months. Love them, very amusing. Very good vibe, too. Thank you for sharing.

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