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A city famed for its five lakes, the capital of Wisconsin is fast proving a firm favorite for US-city breakers. The college town has a fresh vibe, with lots of well known streets, each boasting different kinds of shops and restaurants. The most popular roads and other renowned Madison tourist attractions are scattered throughout the city, therefore a car rental in Madison is essential.

What could be better than easily picking up your car straight from Madison airport? A car rental also enables you to explore the gorgeous state of Wisconsin: whether you fancy visiting a quirky Mustard Museum, Wisconsin’s most loved state park, or road tripping further into the Midwestern area, all can be possible with your own vehicle.

What to See in Madison

Do you fancy engaging in the urban atmosphere of the inner city or experiencing something a little more tranquil? In Madison, you have the opportunity to explore both the great outdoors and city charm. To get to grips with city life, take a walk down some of Madison’s most renowned streets. For starters, try State Street, which is the heart of Madison’s activity, with some of the best shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes in the state. Alternatively, browse the unique businesses that line Monroe Street. In case you’re more into locally sourced restaurants, take a stroll down the affectionately nicknamed ‘Willy Street’, also known as Madison’s hippiest road.

Madison is an airy and spacious city, possibly made more so by the abundance of rural areas within the center. Barely anybody will visit Madison without paying the Olbrich Botanical Gardens a visit. These free outdoor gardens contain the only Thai Pavilion in the continental US as well as a treasure trove of plants and flowers. If you fancy a spot of bird-watching or searching for other animals, check out the UW Arboretum. It is a man-made nature reserve perfect for long walks or bike rides.

There’s plenty to satisfy your culture cravings within Madison as well. Take a drive past the majestic Wisconsin State Capitol building, which was modeled after the U.S. Capitol in DC. Then, visit one of Madison’s many museums. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art supports local artists by showcasing their work, the Chazen Museum of Art features an array of works from ancient sculptures to modern photos, while the Wisconsin Veterans Museum commemorates the sacrifices made by soldiers in all wars from the American Civil War to the present day. Traveling with kids? Have no fear. With informative interactive exhibits, the Madison Children’s Museum is the ideal place to keep little ones entertained and educated.

Having your own rental car in Madison, it is the ideal chance to explore some of the unique surrounding Wisconsin landscapes. Devil’s Lake is possibly the most popular park of Wisconsin, with lots of hiking trails and breathtakingly beautiful backdrops. Don’t forget to take a trip to Dr Evermore’s Foreverton, a junkyard sculpture garden a few miles out of town. If you’re a food fan, you could check out Ceder Grove Cheese, a dairy west of the city, or the nearby Mustard Museum in Middleton. Alternatively, you could use Madison as a base for a road trip to places a little more further afield. With a rental car in Madison, the Midwest is your oyster!

Car Rental with Orbitz

Why choose Orbitz for your Madison car rental? We offer the best rates you’ll find in the city and a huge array of vehicles, meaning that you’ll be guaranteed to find your perfect car match. Rent with us to save money and have a fantastic Wisconsin experience.