A factory tour might sound like a dull day out, but you’ll be amazed by some of the advanced processes that go into making the simplest of items we use every day. You might actually become as wide-eyed as Charlie was touring that chocolate factory. Beyond the obvious educational benefits of a factory visit, most offer fascinating demonstrations, cool machinery and entertaining glimpses behind the scenes of products proudly made in the U.S.A. Bonus, you might even score some free samples. Taking a tour at any of these American factories can make an engaging – and sometimes delicious – trip for the whole family.
1. Harley Davidson Factory, York, PA
The Harley Davidson Factory in York was established in 1973, and it has since become one of the most popular factory tour venues in the US. Visitors can explore the iconic motorcycle manufacturer starting with an introductory movie followed by a tour of various factory operations, including the construction of frames, fenders, fuel tanks and more. Free tours are also available, offering a briefer insight into the assembly line. You don’t have to be a HOG to enjoy this.