Milwaukee travel guide

The City of Festivals

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You're Going to Love Milwaukee

Wisconsin's largest city, Milwaukee is a city of subtle charms - offering a constant stream of festivals, museums that can compete with anywhere else in America and some of the finest beer in the world.

Find out how Coors is produced at the Miller Brewery or take organized tours of local craft breweries like Lakefront, Brenner and Sprecher and, if you're in town in July, don't miss the Brewfest in McKinley Park.

If you want to avoid a hangover, Milwaukee is just as appealing. Downtown Milwaukee is home to cultural institutions like the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brewers always welcome baseball fans to Miller Park, and the city has an exciting range of restaurants. Dine on the best bratwurst outside Germany at Usinger's or anything from gourmet pizza to tacos throughout the rest of the city - it's all there in Milwaukee.

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Summer is a great time to visit Milwaukee. The lakefront is at its most inviting, temperatures soar into the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit and major events like Summerfest take place. A trip in June or July would be ideal, but spring and fall are almost as appealing. For most people, the bitter winters won't be as attractive. Then again, winter brings some unique attractions, like the chance to ride dog sleds at McKinley Marina and wooden toboggan runs at Lowell Park.

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Where to Stay in Milwaukee

Downtown is the best place to look for accommodation in Milwaukee, and there's no shortage of luxury options, including the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Hotel Metro. The Hampton Inn is a good mid-range option, while Manderley is an affordable bed and breakfast close to the center of town. But if you really want to splash out, go for the Pfister Hotel, a regular place to spot VIPs and an architectural landmark in its own right.

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Shopping Streets

The biggest city center mall in Milwaukee is Grand Avenue Mall, where you'll find everything from T.J. Maxx outlet stores to men's apparel stores like Nova and J Bees and jewelry vendors like Precision Jewelry. If you need a book, head to Renaissance Books on Plankinton Street, which has over 1 million titles in stock. Sky High is the city's best skate shop while if you want to purchase a locally made Harley Davidson motorbike, the dealership on W Silver Spring Road is the place to go.

Groceries and Other

If you want to stock up on Wisconsin cheddar or other cheese from the area, get down to the Milwaukee Public Market - the best place to buy upmarket and locally made food products. For general grocery shopping, check out supermarkets like Sendik's (a locally owned chain) or major names like Aldi, Walmart or Publix. Food prices tend to be quite cheap in the city, with a gallon of milk costing $3 and a pound of apples around $2.30.

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Where to Eat in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has a diverse dining scene, with a particularly large number of German-influenced eateries. Try out the bratwurst at the Vanguard or Usinger's, and check out cheeses from the Public Market as well. There are excellent Mexican restaurants like Conejito's Place, reliable and great value pizza joints like Zaffiro's and upmarket eateries like the pasta specialists Mimma's Cafe and Sanford - the city's highest rated restaurant in the Zagat dining guide. Expect to pay $15-20 for a good medium-range meal and more than $30 at high-end places.

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