Milwaukee may not be the city that made beer famous, but it was pretty close to doing it. For generations, it was a hub of German, Scandinavian, and Polish cultures, including all the beer, bratwurst, and cultural festivals that they entailed. However, this friendly Midwestern city, located ninety miles north of Chicago, started out as a Native American meeting place, and over time morphed into an industrial center. Today, it has reinvented itself over again and attracts visitors with its compelling mix of arts, history, motorcycle culture, lush nature, and plenty of good beer.
Milwaukee boasts 95 miles of bike lanes, lush parks lacing the shores of Lake Michigan, and a revitalized riverfront. Thankfully, the city has begun to take fuller advantage of its two coastlines. As a result, the Riverwalk runs for several blocks along the west bank of the Milwaukee River, and crowds gather there at pubs that serve beer from local microbreweries.
The shore of Lake Michigan is dominated by the city's signature building, the spectacular Milwaukee Art Museum pavilion. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is supposed to resemble a futuristic ocean liner or a delicate bird poised for flight. It all depends on perspective. Should you plan your trip in summer, you could be in for a treat as almost every weekend will see a festival being staged at the nearby lakeside park.
There is one local tradition that is still going strong and has had an impact globally. Did you know that the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was invented in Milwaukee in 1903? A local factory still manufactures engines and transmissions, which are then assembled at the main Harley-Davidson factory in York, Pennsylvania. To get your very own Harley, visit one of the three in town dealers. Funnily, each claims to be the largest, highest performing, and ''only official'' one.
Whether you are visiting Milwaukee for a couple of days or maybe even a couple of weeks, you will never be bored. Once you rent a car, which you can conveniently do at General Mitchell International Airport, you can take it for a drive and explore the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. In case you get tired of the buzz of the city, you can always leave the city and explore the surrounding area instead.
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