Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area Travel Guide

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Although it's home to several well-known breweries (as well as the Brewers), Milwaukee travel offers a whole lot more than beer and baseball. Ninety miles north of Chicago, this friendly Midwestern city started out as a Native American meeting place, and over many years has morphed into an industrial center and, today, a compelling mix of arts, history, motorcycle culture, lush nature — and yes, plenty of good beer.

Things Not to Miss in Milwaukee

Read on in this Milwaukee travel guide for a few features you won't want to miss when you visit Milwaukee, including:

• The Milwaukee Art Museum
• The Pabst Theater
• Brewery Tours
• The Harley-Davidson Museum
• The Milwaukee Repertory Theater
• Kettle Moraine State Forest
• Milwaukee River Walk
• Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
• Lake Michigan Shore

When to Visit Milwaukee

Summer is the peak time for Milwaukee travel, thanks to the warm weather and plethora of city festivals. Spring is ideal for seeing the blooming flowers in the city's parks and manicured gardens. Winter travel to Milwaukee, on the other hand, may seem daunting: this is the second coldest major city in the United States, generally seeing six months of cold and wet weather each year. But there's good snow tubing right outside town, as well as plenty of indoor museums and an indoor farmers market in the city proper.

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