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Madison, the State Capital, and energetic Milwaukee dominate the southeastern corner of Wisconsin. Capitol Square becomes a seasonal farmers market on Saturday mornings. The State Capitol, whose dome and rotunda are a nod to the one in Washington, D.C., is available for tours. Although it is an urban area, Madison is a recognized canoe and bicycling attraction. Included with all the other features that comprise a vibrant city is the new Monona Terrace Convention Center. Madison is a departure point for many surrounding communities offering their own attractions.

Festivals of all sorts characterize Milwaukee, whose Lake Michigan shoreline is the venue for Summerfest and more than 12 ethnic celebrations. Museums also dot the city, among them the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee is the home of Miller Brewing Company and Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Southern Wisconsin is home to several buildings designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Nine of his 42 structures are accessible by the public. The town of Spring Green is near Wright's Wisconsin home, Taliesin.

Platteville recounts its lead mining past with two museums; miners here nicknamed Wisconsin the Badger State. Scandinavian heritage finds its expression in Mount Horeb, which sports lifesize wooden trolls along its Main Street. Likewise, Swiss culture is evident in New Glarus, whose residents share their cuisine, customs and traditions with visitors.

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