Much to the chagrin of their foes, Badger fans are a rowdy bunch — and their amplified appreciation has grabbed headlines recently.
Camp Randall Stadium's proximity to campus earned Madison a few points. "Having a stadium this close to true university culture makes Wisconsin an incomparable tailgating experience, " the magazine wrote.
And coming in for the extra point: brats and cheese curds. The article includes a shout-out to these signature dishes, particularly those served at State Street Brats.
But Madison wasn't the only spot on the map to earn praise recently.
Justin Vernon, frontman for Bon Iver, said his Eaux Claires Festival this summer wasn't just his way of giving back to his hometown, "It's the whole squad, from the sheriff's department to town hall to the security guards keeping us safe."
For a more quiet trip, spend some time outdoors the way Vernon does — canoeing the Flambeau River.
■If you haven't been to Lake Geneva yet, you don't have to trust us when we say it's beautiful. Thrillist.com rated the world's most luxurious lake towns, and Lake Geneva made the list with the likes of Lugano, Switzerland and Como, Italy.
The magazine said the lake is "home to some of the impressive, intimidating mansions you'll find on a Midwestern lake not considered 'Great.'"