Untapped Tours: Get Acquainted With Milwaukee

Home to world famous breweries, Milwaukee is nearly 100 miles from Chicago. To get acquainted with this city brought us to Untapped Tours. We heard about this city tour from TripAdvisor and booked without giving it a second thought.

Why Untapped Tours? 

  • A 3 hours tour is the perfect way to explore Milwaukee with very well informed and engaging tour guide Mike.
  • The tour includes the bus ride through the famous streets, mansions and other landmarks of the city.
  • Except this Cheese tasting and Brewery visit are the highlights of the tour.
  • Take home the Souvenir Pint Glass.

Tickets: City Tour$38 p.p , Ticket Packages-$5o p.p. The Package includes City Tour with the tickets for Harley Davidson Museum(general admission only) by saving $8.

Book it here– Untapped Tours of Milwaukee

Tour Itinerary: 

City Hall- Pabst theater- Bronze Fonz- Wisconsin Gas Light Building-Milwaukee art museum- Mansions along Lake Michigan- North Point Lighthouse- Henry W. Maier Festival Park- Historic Third Ward- Clock Shadow Creamery- Miller Park- Miller Brewery- Tripoli Shrine Centre- Pabst Mansion- Lakefront Brewery.

Facts we came across through this trip:

  1. Milwaukee is home to 4 major breweries, Pabst, Miller, Schlitz &Blatz.
  2. Tripoli Shrine Centre is replica of renowned Taj Mahal.
  3. This city is also home to Harley Davidson.
  4. Summerfest , World’s Largest Music Festival is held every year in Milwaukee.
  5. The Wisconsin Gas Building’s flame is an exceptional way to forecast weather.

Travel Tips:

  • Go for Untapped tour if you want to see the best what Milwaukee has to offer.
  • Or you do not have any idea about Milwaukee and its history.
  • This tour starts from City Hall and one has to reach at least 15 minutes earlier.
  • If you are visiting Milwaukee by car then you can park near City Hall.
  • As this is a 3 hr Bus Tour, so plan accordingly.

Do check out Milwaukee In A Day ! for more information.

Untapped tour turned out as an incredible journey through the iconic landmarks of the city. Have you ever came across such a tour?

 

Walls Embedded With Historical & Architectural Relics In Chicago

 

Home to WGN radio and a lot many fragments from famous architectural marvels around the world, Tribune Tower is on the edge of eminent Magnificent Mile of Chicago.

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Initial structure was taken by great Chicago fire in 1871 and then with inspiring Neo-Gothic design by Hood and Howell the current face of Tower finally concluded in 1925.
This tower houses today Chicago Tribune and CNN office along-with WGN radio.

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The exterior of the building is embraced with 149 fragments from historical sites around the world. Some were requested and some were collected by McCormick(owner of Chicago Tribune), while others were came up as gift and political affairs. Latest one is a part of steel from World Trade Center.

Here are few captures out of the bunch, we brought along with us.

Apart from the above fragments, Yellowstone National Park, Cave of the Nativity where Christ was born-Bethlehem, Temple Forbidden City, Pearl Harbor-Hawaii, Princeton University-New Jersey, Sydney Opera House-Australia, White House-Washington DC, The Colosseum-Rome, Great Wall of China, The Great Pyramid, Berlin Wall and many more are glorifying Tribune Tower prominently.

Meanwhile, taking the pictures we got overwhelmed by spotting….

 

 

IMG_3513Among those notable fragments, a marble slab from Taj Mahal is an honorable mention.

We firmly believe Tribune Tower is one of its kind and an idealistic place for architectural lovers.

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St Louis: What Shouldn’t Be Missed !!

Along the banks of Mississippi river on border of IL and MO is situated the city of St. Louis. Apart being known for the Arch, this city has a lot to offer. We tried to capture most of the city both as traveler and foodie, walking down the streets, getting a bite of local food and capturing the famous tourist spots. Here are few reasons why St Louis should be your next destination:

1. Gateway Arch:  A 630 foot monument on the bank of Mississippi river, is world’s tallest arch and a major tourist spot. Easily accessible from downtown and the most visited attractions. Buy tickets to visit observation deck on top of the arch,this few minutes tram ride will be your best experience in St Louis.IMG_3001.JPG

2. Missouri Botanical Garden Located in Shaw Blvd, this is the oldest botanical garden offering a vast horticulture exhibit. Spread across 79 acres this garden includes major attractions like Japanese garden, Climatron(a conservatory based on tropical rain forest  theme), Temperate House, Linnean House (oldest operative greenhouse). Click Here for pictures

Timings: 9am -5 pm daily, General Entry Fee: $8

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Missouri Botanical Garden

3. Cathedral Basilica of St Louis One of the few churches which are both Cathedral(having pope’s throne) and Basilica(special spiritual, historical, and/or architectural significance), it took more than 7 decades to complete it(from 1912-1988). Witness the extravagant interior of mosaics made out of glass in 7000 different colors, astonishingly no paint has been used inside the church,Check out the pictures.Tours are available to get well versed with art and history of the Church. Tour booking is free and can be done through the website or over the call, you can make a donation as per your will after tour commences.IMG_2943

4. Mississippi River Overlook-Most serene place in St Louis to experience the spectacular view of Downtown, Gateway Geyser and skyline of St Louis from 40 ft tall platform overlooking Mississippi river.

Do make a visit to Gateway Geyser next to the platform, incredibly boosting the water approximately to the height of Gateway of Arch on the other side of Mississippi River. It also holds the credibility of being the tallest fountain in USA and second in the world.

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View from the platform

5. Downtown Take a walk on the “Washington Ave” and “Broadway”, try out the best restaurants, indulge in shopping and acknowledge the diverse culture of St Louis. Busch Stadium, home ground to St Louis Cardinals and Old Courthouse are just a few blocks down from the Washington Avenue(the main street).

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Washington Avenue

6. Toasted Ravioli  Created in St Louis, this deep-fried appetizer should be on your list. Toasted ravioli of St Louis became famous when it got dropped by chef accidentally and eventually became the most desired menu item. Filled with meat and fried till golden brown it is served with marinara sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. One can have this dish at “The Hill”, an Italian neighborhood in St.Louis.

Must try Mama Toscano’s Ravioli at 2201 Macklind Ave, St. Louis.

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7. St Louis Style BBQ – We have started loving BBQ after visiting couple of joints in Chicago and now on our visit to St Louis, it would have been unfair if we hadn’t tasted the renowned St Louis Style BBQ. Few notable restaurants serving authentic STL BBQ: Pappy’s Smokehouse, The Shaved Duck, Smoki O’s Bar-B-Que. 

We tried Smoki O’s BBQ Read our review here . This place is highly recommended if you are in the city and a non-vegetarian of-course.

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Travel Tips:

  • Try to book hotel in Downtown as most attractions are nearby.
  • Make a visit to Mississippi River Overlook around sunset for spectacular view.
  • Traveling with kids !! Well St Louis do have City Museum, Zoo & Aquarium. There is no entry fee in museum and zoo.
  • Try to visit Missouri Botanical Garden in Fall season.
  • Do try Gooey Cake & Provel Cheese Thin Crust Pizza, other specialties of St Louis.
  • As a visitor, do not roam around at late nights. Be safe
  • Last but not the least click a selfie at Mississippi River Overlook.

 

 

Milwaukee In A Day !

In September we made a weekend road trip to Milwaukee. We firmly believe that best way to see a city is local transport. I scanned my TripAdvisor for Milwaukee trip and luckily got this Untapped tour with excellent rating and reasonable price of 38$ per person. Booking done,payment done, Milwaukee here we come.

Next morning around 6:30 am(yes seriously)we left for Milwaukee to reach there for 10 am tour. It took us just 2 hours to reach Milwaukee Downtown, as it was early morning most of the restaurants were closed and we were in desperate need of something to fill our hunger pangs. After few minutes of search we found this place Bruegger’s Bagel, which was our savior for the time.

It was 9:30 already and we marched towards city hall, the pickup point of Untapped Tour. There were couple of people already there, whom we later came to know as our group partners in the tour. After few minutes Mike arrived, took a roll call and greeted everyone. Our tour started there only with City Hall of Milwaukee.

City Hall was the tallest building of United States of its time, completed in 1895. The building was magnificent, be it architecture or design everything was remarkable. Then, we proceeded to Bronze Fonz.. a bronze sculpture of Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) from Happy Days TV show. 

After photo session, while proceeding towards Milwaukee Art museum, Mike showed us the Wisconsin Gas Building. A tower located in downtown has a flame shaped artwork which shows weather forecast by changing its color. He even told us the rhyme associated with this:

When the flame is red, it’s warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view!
When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!”

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Now, it was the time to see one more spectacular creation Milwaukee Art Museum. Located on the shore of Michigan Lake.This architectural marvel has “wings” which remains open in the daytime and gets folded in the night.IMG_2190IMG_2199

We came across famous mansions on Lake shore drive on our way to Northpoint Lighthouse, which is beautifully situated in the midst of Lake park. We spend 15-20 minutes here in the lap of nature, Lake Michigan shoreline was visible. We also came to know that this was moved back from its original place.IMG_2217

We also got chance to see Henry W. Maier Festival Park, where the largest musical festival Summerfest of Milwaukee takes place & Historic Third ward from the bus on our way to Clock Shadow Creamery.  

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Historic Third Ward

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Located in 138 W Bruce St. Clock Shadow Creamery is known for there Quark, Chevre and cheese curds. It was our first cheese tasting experience & we had  Habanero,Spicy cheese, chevre cheese(goat cheese) and some chutney. I just loved Habanero and Chevre but unfortunately both were sold out and I was not able to buy them.

Apart from the famous landmarks, we covered many more places while sitting inside the bus. With Mike we came to know a little bit about everything whether its Miller Brewing Company, Miller Stadium, Tripoli Shrine Center(replica of Taj Mahal) or Pabst Mansion.

And finally Lakefront Brewery, what could be a better way to wrap up the tour. Lakefront Brewery started in 1987 by brothers Russ and Jim Klisch, offers some very famous beer such as Riverwest Stein Beer and East Side Dark and we tried both. The lady associated with our group tour was very informative and provided the history of Lakefront brewery. Also our group got a chance to taste their another very famous cherry beer.IMG_2252IMG_3289

After getting pint glass as a Souvenir, we headed for City hall as it was the end of our Untapped tour. A day spent in Milwaukee exploration was worth with the tour.

We would like to cover all those left out attractions and restaurants in our next visit.