Madison, Wisconsin has repeatedly been ranked as the best or one of the best places in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. Wisconsin's capital is located on an isthmus between lakes Monona and Mendota. There are many parks, lakes, restaurants, and cultural offerings in Madison and its surrounding cities. The Greater Madison Area offers everything from attending the farmer's market on the capitol square to visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin estate. Madison has many first rate educational institutions such as The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison Area Technical College.
Minneapolis, Minnesota is noted as a city that is both beautiful and cosmopolitan. It is the home of professional football, baseball, and basketball teams. It is also noted for the world-famous Mall of America as the largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex in the country, with more than 500 stores, the Nickelodean Universe amusement park, an aquarium, 14 theater screens, and a wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs. Minneapolis is also nearby the University of Minnesota, which is a world-class university known globally as a leader in teaching, research, and public service and is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the nation. Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes and is a tourist's paradise.