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Milwaukee - How to get to the Harley Davison Factory?

Milwaukee - How to get to the Harley Davison Factory?

Jul 13th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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Milwaukee - How to get to the Harley Davison Factory?

I will be in Chicago later this year I would like to make a day trip to Milwaukee to go to the Harley factory.

If I travel from Chicago via Amtrak or Greyhound how far is the Harley factory from the Amtrak/Greyhound station?

I do not want to rent a car can I get there and back using public transport?

Also, if I do go to Milwaukee it will be on a day trip from Chicago.
So, i will have limited time in Milwaukee.

Is this possible?

Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Jul 14th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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Jul 14th, 2008, 09:52 AM
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I don't believe the actual Harley-Davidson factory is open to the public. However, the new Harley-Davidson Museum opened this past weekend and looks to be quite the place.


The museum is very close to the train station. I don't know about the public transportation situation (Milwaukee has buses, but I don't know the routes.) You can check with the museum itself or the Milwaukee County Transit System.

There are several Amtrak trains that run between Milwaukee and Chicago every day -- I would think a day trip would be pretty easy to do.

Hope this helps!
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Jul 14th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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They're 3/4 miles apart according to Mapquest. Both are just a little south of downtown. I'm assuming that you're actually talking about the new Harley Museum that just opened this past weekend. If you actually mean the factory, that's quite a bit further out. The museum is supposed to be fantastic according to the Harley fans that were there this weekend. They came from all over for the grand opening.
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Jul 14th, 2008, 10:20 AM
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bk123 and coldkelly, thanks for the feedback.

I had read about the mid western states/cities many years ago when I was planning a trip. I distinctly remember reading about the Harley factory and had planned on visiting. I never had the chance to make the trip.

This year I will visit Chicago for the first time. So, I was thinking of visiting Milwaukee also. I didn't now a new museum had just opened, thanks drawing this to my attention. I'm not a huge Harley fan. I'll plan a visit to the museum instead of the factory given that the museum seems to be closer to downtown.

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Jul 14th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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You can indeed tour the HD factory. IT's quite a long distance north and west of downtown however but always a very popular destination every Harleyfest:


Other than car rental or possibly taxi, there's probably no real easy way to get there from downtown. Our mass transit system is one step away from nonexistance.
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Jul 14th, 2008, 10:49 AM
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Consider renting a car for the day. Cheaper than taking a cab.

Be mindful of the tour hours (9:00am-2:00pm).

I was there in January and missed the tour b/c I stopped for lunch!

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