Top U.S. College Towns to Visit This Fall

By Molly Fergus and Kelly Hwu - 2013-10-08T17:21:53Z

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Madison, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin's home base is worth a trip even when the Badgers aren't playing. It has a walkable downtown lined with indie restaurants and bars, a pretty perch between Lakes Mendota and Monona, and—this is important—fried cheese curds (try them at The Old Fashioned).

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