Last Updated: 23rd Nov 2012

<p>Madison, Wisconsin, is a university town and capital of the state. Even after it was named the state capital in 1836, almost no one lived in the town it didn’t boom into city status until the University of Wisconsin opened its doors in 1848 and today it is a thriving center not only for education and administration but also for business and recreations.</p> <p>The University is still the heart and soul of the city and the lively State Street is the epicenter of the city. People however come from all over the world not only to work and study at the 1,000 acre campus and home of the Big 10&#8217;s University of Wisconsin Badgers, but also to visit the university’s art center, geology museum, planetarium, observatory and arboretum.</p> <p>Madison is a once night stop in Contiki tours travelling between <a href="/contikipedia/articles/chicago">Chicago</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/sioux-falls">Sioux Falls</a>.</p>