Milwaukee, WI

How to Spend 48 Hours in Milwaukee, WI

As the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee boasts a cornucopia of diverse things to see and do. Located along the idyllic shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is often overlooked as a vacation destination as travelers flock to its neighbor to the south, Chicago. However, you would be remiss to dismiss this eclectic city when planning your next weekend getaway. A long history of immigrant settlers and a vibrant city scene make Milwaukee an amazing long weekend trip. Here is a proven itinerary for a perfect 48 hours in Milwaukee:

Day One: Your day starts with a stroll along the iconic shores of Lake Michigan. The pedestrian path along Lincoln Memorial Drive is a good jumping off point for your adventure. You can choose to either walk or rent a bike from the many vendors in the downtown area. The local Colectivo Coffee’s lakefront café is a tasty place to fuel up for your morning adventure of exploration. 

There is no shortage of restaurants in the downtown area, making it easy to pick a place for lunch. Or head to the Historic Third Ward for lunch at Café Benelux. Not too far from Lake Michigan, you will find the Milwaukee Art Museum. After browsing the extensive collection, it is time to head back to your hotel for a little rest.

A hotel in the downtown area makes a good home base for your Milwaukee experience. The Milwaukee Marriott Downtown puts you right in the middle of the action. Or choose the landmark Victorian Pfister Hotel for its premium amenities and opulent accommodations. 

After a quick rest, it is time for a night out on the town. Milwaukee is known as one of America’s best sports towns, making it essential that you catch a game when you are in the area. Depending on the season, you may find yourself rooting on the home town Milwaukee Brewers baseball team or the popular Bucks NBA team. Save your appetite for dinner at the venue so that you can experience some of Milwaukee’s best local food offerings, including cheese curds, polish sausages, brats, and more. 

Day Two: With only 48 hours to enjoy this city, you would be wise to wake up early and get started. After a quick breakfast on the run, it is time to head to the famed Harley-Davidson Museum. Even if you are not a motorcycle enthusiast, this comprehensive museum is a fascinating look into American history and culture.

After touring the museum, you can grab lunch at its onsite Motor Bar & Restaurant. Or choose to venture over to the Milwaukee Public Market and browse the many food stalls. This is also a great place to pick up any souvenirs on your list.

No trip to Milwaukee is complete without immersing yourself in the local brewery scene. Popular brewery tours include those offered by Sprecher Brewing Company and Lakefront Brewery. Visitors to Milwaukee can also tour the Pabst Mansion and get a glimpse into the home and life of beer mogul Captain Frederick Pabst.

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Because Milwaukee is renowned for its authentic German food and culture, you would be remiss to not indulge in this cuisine. Consider dining at Mader’s for an upscale German dining experience. As the city’s oldest German restaurant, Mader’s has been serving up classics such as the famous Weiner schnitzel for 100 years. 

Finish your night with a trip to Blu, located on the 23rd floor of The Pfister Hotel. You will be rewarded with sweeping views of the downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan at this trendy martini bar.

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