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Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and sits along Lake Michigan. As the home of Miller Brewing and Harley Davidson, the city holds an important and often underrated role in American history. Miller is one of the most popular U.S. beers, and the Harley Davidson motorcycle company is, of course, synonymous with the idea of cool. I have yet to stay, but I’d love to visit this city when I’m back in the States! Here are some Milwaukee travel tips I’ve been gathering to help anyone planning their trip to Brew City.
Milwaukee Travel Tips
1. How to Arrive
The closest airport to Milwaukee is the General Mitchell International Airport. Its international destinations include Canada, Mexico, and sometimes Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Depending on where you’re coming from, you may want to look at flying into the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which is an hour away and has frequent shuttles.
Another option, besides driving, is to take a Megabus if you’re coming from Chicago or Minneapolis.
2. Where to Stay
There are plenty of places to stay in Milwaukee, but your best bet is to look for hotels in and around Downtown. This way, you can be close to many of the things to see and do.
Check here to compare the different hotels in and near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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3. How to Get Around
Milwaukee has a good bus system, especially if you’re traveling around the main parts of the city. Look on their website to see the different fares and routes.
Another option is to use the Tourist Trolley. It doesn’t always run, so check their website for dates and times. You can also see a map of all its different stops to help you plan out your itinerary.
4. What to Do + See
There are lots of different things to do and see in Milwaukee depending on what you enjoy while you travel.
If you enjoy art, you may want to start with the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is a work of art itself. For those interested in local history and culture, check out the different museums and landmarks important to the city. Learn more about motorcycles at the Harley Davidson Museum or about one of its iconic beer families at the Pabst Mansion. If you’re here in the warmer months, check out any of the outdoor areas, such as Bradford Beach or the Juneau Park Lagoon.
5. What to Eat + Drink
With such a strong immigrant history, Milwaukee is quite the treasure trove of excellent places to eat. While its immigrant population has recently become more diverse, most originally came from Germany and, to a lesser extent, Poland. For trendier restaurants, check out Old World Third Street and Milwaukee Street. Old World Third Street is popular for great German and Mediterranean cuisine.
Of course, for a city known as “Brew City” that was once the world’s leading beer producer, you’d be missing out if you didn’t try at least one beer here. Not only can you get some insight into the major breweries that once and still do operate here, but you can also enjoy many of the microbreweries that have sprung up in recent years.
Have you been to Milwaukee, Wisconsin?