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Milwaukee Introduction


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Milwaukee's friendly and unpretentious citizens personify its touted spirit of gemutlichkeit, a German word loosely translated as "enjoying good times with friends." The bonus in Milwaukee is that great food and entertainment vary more—and cost much less—than you might imagine. Whether your idea of a good time is golfing, theatergoing or biking beside lakefront mansions, a day in Cream City will drain your energy long before your bank account.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Milwaukee Geography


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Wisconsin Avenue is the city's main street. It runs west from the lake through downtown, passing the Pfister Hotel, the convention center, the Milwaukee Public Library, and farther west, Marquette University, the Pabst Mansion and the Tripoli Shrine Temple. Visitors can easily catch a ride between sites on a trolley. The area known as the RiverWalk includes both banks of the Milwaukee River as it flows through downtown, from Highland Avenue south to Clybourn Street. North of downtown and east of the Milwaukee River is the neighborhood known as the East Side, the city's oldest area, with some of its most interesting architecture. Downtown, the East Side and the RiverWalk are all easily explored on foot.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Milwaukee History


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Milwaukee's Native American name, Millioki, means "gathering place by the waters." For centuries, the Potawatomi, Menomonee, Chippewa, Winnebago and Sauk peoples lived together peacefully where three rivers (the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic and the Milwaukee) empty into Lake Michigan. The first European immigrants to Milwaukee were French traders and trappers who arrived in the late 1600s and early 1700s. By the 1830s, three different settlements competed vigorously: Juneautown on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, Kilbourntown on the west bank and Walker's Point to the south. They eventually merged to form Milwaukee.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Milwaukee Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Milwaukee's sights are not easily organized. Unlike many cities, Milwaukee lacks a man-made focal point. Instead, it's a collection of neighborhoods, each having its own flavor, history, sights and sounds.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Milwaukee Nightlife


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Milwaukee's nightlife isn't as diverse as that in some other U.S. cities, though there are plenty of dance clubs and music venues. The city's heritage has left it with a plethora of German-inspired beer gardens and corner taverns. In the past, the city literally had a tavern on every corner. Though many have disappeared, Milwaukee still has an extraordinarily high number of bars for a city of its size. Many of the old taverns serve as neighborhood social centers.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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Milwaukee Restaurants & Dining


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According to one old joke, a seven-course dinner in Milwaukee means a bratwurst and a six-pack. These days, that seven-course dinner is likely to feature pad thai, prime rib, mole or moussaka.  Click here to see the full Milwaukee travel guide on Travel42 »

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