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Milwaukee Travel Guide

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Plan Your Milwaukee Vacation

A friendly Midwestern atmosphere prevails in Milwaukee, which is not so much a city as a large collection of neighborhoods situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin's largest city is an international seaport and the state's primary commercial and manufacturing center. Modern steel-and-glass high-rises occupy much of the downtown area, but they share the skyline with

restored and well-kept 19th-century buildings from Milwaukee's early heritage. First settled by Potawatomi and later by French fur traders in the late 18th century, the city boomed in the 1840s with the arrival of German beer brewers, whose influence is still present. Milwaukee is known as a city of festivals, the biggest being Summerfest (the "World's Largest Music Festival"), held in late June and early July.

Many downtown attractions are near the Milwaukee River and can be reached on foot.

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Updated 1/20/2014

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When to Go

Summer is the best time to visit Milwaukee. Several major outdoor events are held in July and August. The area's vegetation explodes with color in ...

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