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|Saturday, 01 November 2008|
Remember when you were a kid, and your class went on field trips to local factories? Well, you can do that as an adult, too! Plus, you donít have to hold your buddyís hand, ride on a smelly school bus, or write a report about it later. Itís what they call a win-win.
Smarter Travel recently looked at factory tours that you can take for free (or really cheap), and theyíre a great way to get an insiderís look at all sorts of businesses when you travel. Among their picks:
The Boeing factory in Everett, Washington is a great place to see the assembly of those great big airliners, and a terrific day trip if you have kids who are fascinated by aviation. Then on-site Museum of Flight displays more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft. They do charge admission $15 for an advance reservation ($14 for seniors; $8 for children under eight), You can find out more at http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/tours/
Smarter Travel suggests wine and beer manufacturers as good choices for tours, especially if you like the idea of tasting the wares at the source. If youíll be traveling to a famous wine production area like Californiaís Napa Valley, it seems obvious to take a wine tour. But donít forget that other parts of the country produce wine, too. If you visit Portland, Oregon, itís a quick drive to the Willamette Valley wineries, and there are growers in other parts of the state (check out http://www.oregonwine.org). If you prefer beer, many breweries offer tours as well, from the enormous, Like Anheuser-Busch, with five facilities open to the public (http://www.budweisertours.com/) to the small microbreweries, like Dogfish Head in Milton, Delaware (http://www.dogfish.com/brewings/brewery_tour.htm).
For more information, take a look at the Factory Tours USA website , which currently lists 512 tours nationwide, or read the article on Smarter Travel.
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