Top Ten Reasons to Choose Milwaukee
There are many reasons why Milwaukee should be the first choice on your short list – here are ten of them to start with.
When you’re looking to see the sights via coach tour, Milwaukee offers a price to satisfy every pocketbook. Our city features big-city entertainment at small-town prices. Each month, this City of Festivals hosts more than 150 events, attractions, exhibits and performances—many available for free or less than $10. So no matter how big your guest list is, you never have to worry.
Interstates 94 and 43 flow into and out of the city for quick freeway access throughout downtown and the outlying areas. Milwaukee is within a single day’s drive of many Midwestern cities and just 1.5 hours away from Chicago.
Milwaukee offers the one-of-a-kind attractions that make a tour memorable, including the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, the lively atmosphere of the Milwaukee Public Market and the soaring wings of the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the nation’s largest Native American casino, recently added a 381-room luxury hotel to its property. Milwaukee’s heritage shines through in the city’s rich traditions, including some of the world’s largest cultural and ethnic celebrations. We’re proud of our roots, which include our legendary brewing legacy, world-class park system and down-to-earth attitude.
You’ll find Milwaukee’s heritage reflected in its eclectic neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. The former warehouses of the Historic Third Ward have given way to the city’s newest arts and fashion district. Brady Street offers a bohemian mix of coffee houses, boutiques and nightlife. In East Town, you’ll find an array of restaurants to suit any taste and budget, along with some of Milwaukee’s trendiest bars and clubs. Walker’s Point is quickly becoming a foodie destination, and Milwaukee’s German heritage comes alive on Old World Third Street in Westown.
From Progressive American and French to Traditional Italian and Indian, Milwaukee's restaurants are as diverse as its people. With James Beard Award-winning chefs and restaurants, specialty foods made in Milwaukee and a farm-to-table community that will satisfy even the most devout locavore, Milwaukee offers a place and a taste for all visitors.
No other major Midwestern city can claim a location where three rivers flow into a 22,000-square mile Great Lake. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and at the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, Milwaukee is filled with waterfront excitement. Get out on the water on a river cruise or a sailing expedition in Lake Michigan, or explore the three-mile long RiverWalk that winds through the city. This unique thoroughfare is dotted with eye-catching public art and lined with charming restaurants, brewpubs and shopping. And just for fun, a bronze statue of Happy Days’ “Fonzie” makes the perfect thumbs-up photo op on the RiverWalk.
Explore Milwaukee’s rich architectural history, from the Gilded Age splendor of the Pabst Mansion to the stunning modern look of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Six of the known thirteen Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes are found here in his native state, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa was one of Wright’s last works. Other beautiful churches include the Basilica of St. Josaphat, School Sisters of St. Francis Chapel and the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, which stood for more than five centuries in France before being rescued and moved to Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has a diverse cultural arts scene. It has the attractions. It also has something other places don’t have: the people. What distinguishes Milwaukee from other cities is the warm hospitality and friendly attitude of the people who live and work here. This personal touch and heartfelt welcome make it an extraordinary place to visit, and one that will leave a positive impression on every group.
GREAT HUB AND SPOKE DESTINATION
Milwaukee is a great place to start a tour of Wisconsin. Thanks to easy freeway access, your motor coach will be able to set off to other great destinations like Cedarburg, Racine, Kenosha and more, giving your group the opportunity to experience all the big city excitement and rural charm that the state has to offer.
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