A2GXH6 USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Milwaukee Industry: Engine Plant Harley Davidson Motor Cycles
Harley-Davidson Plant

Danita Delimont/Alamy

Harley-Davidson Plant


Hog-heads can get a fix at the plant where engines are built, in suburban Menomonee Falls. The factory offers several options for tours, including a classic 30-minute jaunt where you see a video and take a quick walk onto the factory floor, and a two-hour 'Steel Toe' tour ($38 per person), where you don safety glasses and check out the assembly line, powder-coat process and other in-depth engine-making activities.

The long tours leave at 10am and noon, and are best booked in advance. The shorter tours are walk-in only, with tickets given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's wise to arrive early. No children under age 12 allowed. Follow the Harley signs in from Pilgrim Rd, then look for the Tour Center signs.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Milwaukee attractions

1. Miller Brewing Company

11.78 MILES

Founded in 1855, the historic Miller facility preserves Milwaukee's beer legacy. Join the legions lined up for the free, hour-long tours. Though the mass…

2. American Black Holocaust Museum

12.55 MILES

This museum aims to tell the story of what it calls the 'Black Holocaust' – which includes the slave trade from Africa, slavery in the American South, the…

3. Lakefront Brewery

13.21 MILES

Well-loved Lakefront Brewery, across the river from Brady St, has afternoon tours, but the swellest time to visit is on Friday night when there's a fish…

4. Bronze Fonz

13.69 MILES

Rumor has it the Bronze Fonz, just south of Wells St downtown, is the most photographed sight in Milwaukee. The Fonz, aka Arthur Fonzarelli, was a…

5. Harley-Davidson Museum

13.94 MILES

Hundreds of motorcycles show the styles through the decades, including the flashy rides of Elvis and Evel Knievel. You can sit in the saddle of various…

6. Lakefront Park

14.16 MILES

The parkland edging Lake Michigan is prime for walking, cycling and inline skating. Also here is Bradford Beach, which is good for swimming and lounging.

7. Milwaukee Art Museum

14.24 MILES

You have to see this lakeside institution, which features a stunning winglike addition by Santiago Calatrava. It soars open and closed every day at 10am,…

8. Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin

14.39 MILES

The city's lakefront science and technology museum is primarily a kid-pleaser, with freshwater and saltwater aquariums (where you can touch sharks and…