10 Reasons Why Milwaukee Is Amazing

10 Reasons Why Milwaukee Is Amazing

From the history and culture to food and nightlife, Milwaukee is the place to be.

Being born and raised right outside of Milwaukee, I may be slightly biased as to why I believe Milwaukee truly is the most amazing city. Young and old alike, there is something to do at every corner. Whether you're interested in culture or history, food or bar hopping, there is something in this city for everyone. Here are just a few reasons why I see this to be true.

1. Surrounded by History

Milwaukee is full of history and culture every corner you turn. Whether it's the themed restaurants, museums, art galleries, or even just the architecture, history is everywhere. Milwaukee is both a modern and classic city. You can do a day trip and visit the art museum along the lakefront, then go across town and visit the Milwaukee Public Museum and learn even more about the city and state's great history.

2. Festivals

When I say Milwaukee has a festival nearly every weekend, I'm not kidding. Especially in summer, weekends are filled with cultural festivals, music festivals, street festivals, and so much more. There is something for everyone, whether you enjoy food, culture, music, art, shopping, every weekend is an adventure, you just have to be on the lookout for those low-key events.

3. Summerfest

Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world. Eleven days filled with drinks, food, music, and entertainment. Eleven-day passes are typically $80 (the prices may change). Performers include anyone from Luke Bryan to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Imagine Dragons to Ludacris and so much more. With multiple stages along the lakefront, there are hours of entertainment to fill even a single day.

4. The Nightlife

Milwaukee's nightlife is quite possibly the best you'll ever experience. There are streets in Milwaukee dedicated to bars, pubs, clubs, and more. You can bar hop all through the hours of bar close. There are even themed bars for everyone's style: country, rock, Irish pub, and so much more. One of my personal favorites: Line Water Street in Downtown Milwaukee. The nightlife is not trashy or filled with drunks, it is filled with people socializing and loving life and laughing together. It truly is a great experience.

5. Lake Michigan

To me, Lake Michigan is an ocean. It is so large and vast that it is amazing. Marinas and piers line the lake. You can even go surfing in Lake Michigan if the waves are big enough! Just remember a wetsuit. Wisconsin also has beaches, believe it or not. Bradford Beach, in Milwaukee, has sand volleyball tournaments, spikeball tournaments, a concession stand, a bar, and the water. It's the perfect place to relax in the summer or during those spring semester finals.

6. The Food

Milwaukee is FILLED with food! Whether you want some homemade cheese curds or even craving a burger, you can walk down a street and find tons and tons of food options. Like I said before, there is a lot of themes in downtown Milwaukee, whether it be an Irish pub or a Korean Restaurant, there is food from all over the world in this city.

7. Hidden Spots

I considered myself a bit of an adventurer throughout high school and found some quite interesting spots throughout the city. There are hidden abandoned warehouses perfect for the up and coming photographer. There are old schools that are no longer in use. Even just around an alley could be a hidden world that nobody knows about. You just have to keep your eyes peeled and do some research. Who knows, you may stumble upon some hidden history in the city itself.

8. The People Are So Friendly

People say Southern Hospitality is the thing, but have you ever been around people from the Midwest? Walking the street, people will say "hello" and ask how you're doing, and no, they are not trying to sell you things. I have never been around a group of more genuine and real people than I have in the Midwest.

9. The Job Opportunities

Milwaukee has always been an up and coming city, growing nearly every day. Companies such as Harley Davidson were founded and grew in the Heart of Milwaukee. Whether you're interested in business, engineering, healthcare, there is a job for you in Milwaukee.

10. You're Never Bored

When I say there is something to do for everyone, I mean it. Milwaukee is a hustle and bustle type city, lost in the business work day but down for a couple of beers with coworkers once the work day is over. With festivals on the weekends and street fairs at night, there is always something to do in this amazing city.

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One Place Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

South Dakota will leave you breathless.

South Dakota is a beautiful state that is located in the Midwest. The first time I went to South Dakota was when I was 16 with my family. I did not think I was going to enjoy it at all. However, after exploring around, and going to all the different touristy places, it is now my favorite place.

The scenery is gorgeous; you will see so many mountains. I even climbed up a few and almost fell off of one of the mountains. The walk was really long and hard, but I was glad to say that I made it to the top. On the way to the top, I saw a lot of wildlife such as coyotes, bears, and many squirrels.

I went and also saw one of our famous national landmarks, Mount Rushmore. Since it was my first time, I was really amazed to see how enormous the structure was. I felt super lucky to have the opportunity to see something that not many people are able to see.

My family and I also went to Bear Country U.S.A. I really enjoyed Bear Country U.S.A because we got to see bears roaming all around. To see a bear climb on top of my aunt's vehicle made me laugh, and I will forever remember that moment.

The friendly atmosphere made my trip even better. I got to meet a lot of really nice and friendly people. Learning the history of the Lakota tribe really fascinated me because the land is very sacred, and that was really special to get to experience it.

I think the state of South Dakota was one of my favorite trips I have ever taken. If you are looking to have a fun time hiking, exploring, and shopping, come and visit this gorgeous state.

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5 Places To Stay Near Ohio University

Graduation is approaching, book your hotels now!

As graduation approaches, many will be traveling to Athens, Ohio to see their favorite Bobcat receive their diploma. There are plenty of options for the celebration following the ceremony, from mom-and-pop diners to the famous bar stretch. Find the perfect place to relax and refresh using this guide!

Here are the five best places to stay in Athens, Ohio:

As graduation approaches, many will be traveling to Athens, Ohio to see their favorite Bobcat receive their diploma. There are plenty of options for the celebration following the ceremony, from mom-and-pop diners to the famous bar stretch.Here are the five best places to stay in Athens, Ohio:

1. Hampton Inn

12 minutes away from the university, the Hampton Inn has free breakfast and a pool.

2. Ohio University Inn and Conference Center

The OU Inn is located on campus and offers pet-friendly rooms. There are two restaurants inside.

3. Baymont Inn & Suites

A great value, Baymont is an AAA-approved hotel with free breakfast and pool and is only 7 minutes away from downtown Athens. Cribs are available upon request.

4. Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn offers a pool, fitness room, free breakfast, and is 9 minutes away from OU.

5. Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott

11 minutes away from the university, Fairfield Inn has an exercise room, pool, outdoor patio, and free breakfast. Seniors over 62 years and older can save up to 15% on their stay.

Regardless of where you spend your downtime, Athens, Ohio is a great place to be. Enjoy celebrating with your favorite Bobcat!

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