Swept away by 2011 Tsunami in Japan, this Harley Davidson bike along-with other articles in a container drift across the Pacific ocean. Finally, it was spotted after more than an year, 4000 miles away on a beach of Graham Island in British Columbia, Canada.
The bike origin was unveiled by its Japanese number plate which it carried along for the long time. Although Harley Davidson offered to restore and return the bike to the owner but he requested to preserve the bike in same condition as a memorial to the victims of Tsunami. Currently this bike is under display at Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee since Oct, 2012.
After taking an enjoyable ride with Untapped tour we headed for Harley Davidson Museum, a 130,000 sq ft building complex on the banks of Menomonee river.
Known for its power-packed engines and booming sound, Harley Davidson started as a journey of 4 like minded people (William S. Harley and Arthur, Walter, William A. Davidson) back in 1903.
Tickets : We bought the tickets along with Untapped tour and got it for 12$ each (saved 8$), you can buy it from museum also.
The museum got opened for public in year 2008, having 450 motorcycles and Harley Davidson Motor Company’s 110 year history artifacts. The museum has two floors, each displaying the history and archives from Harley Davidson Motorcycles. The museum comprises of The Engine Room,The Clubs and Competition gallery, The Motorcycle Gallery , Tank Wall, The Custom Culture gallery & The Experience Gallery.
Engine Room: After entering the gallery experience the 1940’s Knucklehead Engine dismantled into multiple parts in the Engine Room. This is an exquisite experience for die hard Harley fans, interacting with motor and sounds of engine. Do not miss the orange wall displaying the evolvement of Harley Davidson’s engines from the very first to the latest.
The Motorcycle Gallery- Moving through the gallery on upper floor there is a chain of motorcycles depicting the glorious first 50 years. Each of this model is an important segment of the history, serving with postal department and US military, Harley has emerged out as top class motorcycle.
Tank Wall- Be ready to get amazed with 100 designs of Harley Davidson tanks custom-made since 1903 on a single wall.
The Custom Culture Gallery: This section is dedicated to customized bikes featuring impact of Harley Davidson worldwide, like 13 foot long engine of ‘King Kong’, replica of Captain America and Easy rider bike and many more.
The Clubs and Competition gallery: Since its launch Harley Davidson has been part of many events and tournaments. This section is devoted to those golden moments and the recognition’s of vintage bikes with replica of racing tracks along with photographs and copy of articles to portray the glorious past.
The Experience Gallery: At last before you leave, experience the ride on Harley Davidson and get clicked. The gallery has a wide variety of bikes from the classic ones to the new.
Apart from the museum the premises also have” The shop” (featuring souvenirs, clothing, accessories and collectibles) and a restaurant.
Planning a visit Milwaukee? Make a stop here, you definitely don’t wanna miss this.
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
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:
- Milwaukee is home to 4 major breweries, Pabst, Miller, Schlitz &Blatz.
- Tripoli Shrine Centre is replica of renowned Taj Mahal.
- This city is also home to Harley Davidson.
- Summerfest , World’s Largest Music Festival is held every year in Milwaukee.
- The Wisconsin Gas Building’s flame is an exceptional way to forecast weather.
- 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?
As we were about to finish our circle around farmers market we saw Fromagination right across the street. Immediately we left our market tour and went for it. Felt like a cheesy world, all kind of cheese around in all size, cream cheese, cheese spreads, cheese curds & a lot to smell and taste. Also they had the big Parmesan cheese wheel which they were going to open up it in couple of hours, wish we had that much time to stop by and see that happening in front of us.
But we had to move for our next stoppage which was nearly 30 miles from there “Wollersheim Winery“, the vast wine yards spread over acres of land and in middle standing a heritage 150 yrs old. We took the winery tour costing $5 each person and tasted few of the wines like Domaine du Sac, Port Wine, White Riesling.
In September we made a weekend road trip to Milwaukee. We firmly believe that best way to see a city is local transport. I scanned my TripAdvisor for Milwaukee trip and luckily got this Untapped tour with excellent rating and reasonable price of 38$ 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.