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Milwaukee Travel Guide, Wisconsin

Settled in the late 18th century the town of Milwaukee is an important seaport and the state’s commercial and manufacturing hearth. Wisconsin's largest city began to flourish mostly after the German brewers settled here and made their mark on the place. The German influence is still present in town.

Located around Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is made up of a number of neighborhoods that give the place small-town atmosphere with well preserved 19th-century buildings from Milwaukee's early period. Nevertheless modern steel-and-glass buildings are present in most of the downtown area.

For a short presentation of Milwaukee’s position and the way the town is organized we should mention that Lake Michigan is at the east, Wisconsin Avenue is the major road that connects the east and the west side and the East-West Expressway divides north from south. Another dividing factor is the Milwaukee River that divides Milwaukee's downtown into east and west. With all these coordinates it is easy to get around the town especially as the streets are numbered in ascending order from the river west and most attractions are within easy reach and walking is a good option to visit them. It is also easy to get to town from the outside coming on I-43 from the north and if you come from other parts from the south and west take the I-94.

There are a lot of special things that are specific to Milwaukee and newcomers associate them with the town. These images that delight and surprise the visitors are: the festivals, the biggest being Summerfest in late June and early July and the Great Circus Parade in July; Harley-Davidsons, Laverne and Shirley and beer, just to mention the most important.

Adding to Milwaukee’s charm is the flourishing and sustained arts community. The stunning Milwaukee Art Museum is a perfect example to prove this. There is a lovely feature that enchants the visitors: the Burke Brise Soleil has a roof that can be opened. The works of Renoir, Monet, Kandinsky, and Miró are on display are much appreciated by the viewers.

Other museums are the Milwaukee Public Museum that hosts re-created villages. Science and technology exhibits are to be seen at Discovery World.

Among other sites of interest is one of the world's largest breweries that offer free tours inside and outside the brewery when the weather is fine and tours of the 19th-century Miller Inna are also on offer. And if you fancy tours you can go on to Harley-Davidson Tour Center where you can see Harley power trains in production for free. The tour lasts an hour and children under 12 are not allowed. But there is something for them to visit, too. The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to exotic animals. You can even see some shows with some of them and riding a camel is the favorite attraction.

Children and plant lovers will enjoy Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory also known as "The Domes", a beautiful glass dome of seven-story. Allsorts of plants are on display: desert plants, rainforest plants, spices, nuts, orchids and seasonal botanical plantings.

The terrific museums, the fabulous summer festivals, and the magnificent views of Lake Michigan are just a few reasons to visit this wonderful town and if you love beer and Harleys you will find plenty of both in Milwaukee.

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  • BelleMilwaukee Art Museum
    travel tip by Belle posted more then 30 days ago
    The Milwaukee Art Museum holds not only artworks from Picasso and Warhol, it is a masterpiece of architecture in itself. The modern, interesting style of the building looks like a bird bent down in a lake with its wings up in the air. It...
  • SandroMilwaukee County Zoo
    travel tip by Sandro posted more then 30 days ago
    Though with wide spaces, the areas of the animals are thus arranged in the Milwaukee County Zoo that you can easily see the animals either taking a nap, stretching their legs or just walking around. We also saw flamingos with beautiful...
  • luciThe Domes
    travel tip by luci posted more then 30 days ago
    A land of greens and flowers, The Domes became a city landmark after its completion in 1967 and proved to be a highly popular visiting area both to locals and visitors. Also called Mitchell Park Conservatory, the domes are divided...
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