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Top 10 Spots for Fall Colors in Madison

What's better than fall color? Fall color in a city studded with glittering lakes and its surrounding state parks and nature areas. Visit Madison during the fleeting days of fall, and you'll be in a splendor of vibrant colors in and around the city. Here are some of the most beautiful fall color…

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5 Essential Fall Hiking Spots

Hiking in Madison, Wisconsin is magical year-round, but there's something extra special about those fall colors on a cool, crisp morning. These hiking spots are perfect for taking in the views. Grab your water bottle and a flannel, it's fall y'all. 1. UW Madison Arboretum This nature wonderland…

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Things To Do For Earth Day 2022

It's wild to think that an internationally celebrated day like Earth Day got its start right here in Wisconsin. Madison has so much to do and so many ways to celebrate Earth Day (this Friday!), that you'll find yourself making plans even longer than a day. Take your pick. Free e-bikes. Park…

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Lower Yahara River Trail

Venture just 10 minutes south of the Wisconsin State Capitol and you'll find yourself surrounded by acres of prairie, meadows and wetlands — perfect for hiking, biking, fishing or whatever floats your boat (or should we say kayak). Amidst it all is the Lower Yahara River Trail. This trail is part of…

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Trails & Trees: Hiking UW-Madison Arboretum

Nature wonderland. A cheesy but accurate description of “The Arboretum” or “The Arb,” as locals call it. It’s a research center and visitor destination with restored prairies, woodlands, wetlands and gardens ready to ramble year-round. The Arboretum was established in 1932, with the goal…

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Disc Golf and Day Hike at Elver Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown for a quieter adventure at Elver Park. Marvel at this wooded paradise nestled between several neighborhoods on Madison’s west side. The highlight of this park? A sprawling disc golf course and scenic trails that showcase the natural beauty of Madison. Who…

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5 Madison Trails Off the Beaten Path

Time and time again, Madison tops lists of the best bike-friendly cities in the nation. And it’s no wonder, with a whopping 200 miles of paths and trails available. Whether you bike, run, rollerblade, picnic or if you simply want to walk and take in the gorgeous scenery (and transition from…

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Best Views for Biking & Hiking

Greater Madison is known for its many miles of biking and hiking trails — all 200 miles of them. But we’re also renowned because we’re one of just five Platinum-Level Bike Friendly Communities in the country! Being on an isthmus and surrounded with scenery sculpted by glaciers makes ours a…

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