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Skyline.

Living only 2 hours from this vibrantly diverse city I chose to vacation here for a brief trip and pack in as much activity along the way as possible. I succeeded!  In a mere 24 hours I thoroughly enjoyed the downtown area of this developing city.

It was surprising to me just how little I knew about this great city. I had not spent much time downtown in recent years and it has progressed nicely! The city planners have come together to create an interesting, mature, organized downtown with various regions along the water that can keep even the most skeptical traveler entertained for days.  With artistic sculptures, tiles, flowers, and lightscaping, the Third Ward and Old World add elegance and charm to this historic city. I appreciate the old architecture that has been preserved here and the use of the existing buildings.

Miller Park as seen going around a curve at 70 miles per hour with 1 hand on the wheel and 1 on the camera.
The river has been maximized where visitors and locals alike come to the water to enjoy it.

The lakefront area is also making great progress. The Calatrava museum creates the perfect anchor for the lakeshore, now other developments continue to spring forth to create a long stretch of museums, harbors, and public gathering places. It is lovely in summertime!

While so many urban and suburban areas have been hit hard by the deflation of the economy, I noticed that there is a lot of construction still happening in downtown. I am happy to see that new skyscrapers are being built, roads are being upgraded, and beautiful landscaping is popping up in places where falling fences once stood.

So easy to get around in downtown Milwaukee. Street parking is plentiful unless a specific event is occuring. Electronic parking meters are convenient - I don't have to carry a pocket full of quarters anymore!  It's also hard to believe what great deals for lodging are out there in this city!  If you know where to look you can stay in a 4* hotel here for about $40 a night on the weekends. Now THAT's a bargain.

 

 

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Skyline.
Skyline.
Miller Park as seen going around a…
Miller Park as seen going around …
A city full of great-old architect…
A city full of great-old architec…
New digital parking meters.
New digital parking meters.
Alley decorations
Alley decorations
Vintage painted ads.
Vintage painted ads.
The Ale House - in public market.
The Ale House - in public market.
River view of The Ale House.
River view of The Ale House.
Their own brews.
Their own brews.
I hear that the Godzilla beer is w…
I hear that the Godzilla beer is …
Public Market
Public Market
View towards the water in the afte…
View towards the water in the aft…
Iconic hotel, the Pfister.
Iconic hotel, the Pfister.
Cafe Metro - restaurant and loung…
Cafe' Metro - restaurant and loun…
Bikes available for guests.
Bikes available for guests.
Building adornments from the river…
Building adornments from the rive…
The bronze fonz. Happy Days and La…
The bronze fonz. Happy Days and L…
Theater district.
Theater district.
Clandestine plaque outside of the …
Clandestine plaque outside of the…
Just what I needed, to appear even…
Just what I needed, to appear eve…
Closed circuit TV. Guests must eit…
Closed circuit TV. Guests must ei…
This restaurant holds the new come…
This restaurant holds the new com…
The Discovery Center on the lake.
The Discovery Center on the lake.
Outdoor arena.
Outdoor arena.
Sailboat lessons.
Sailboat lessons.
The city is going green.
The city is going green.
The spectacular design of Santiago…
The spectacular design of Santiag…
It looks like a cruise ship or air…
It looks like a cruise ship or ai…
A kite shop along the lake.
A kite shop along the lake.
Alterra - a Milwaukee coffee roast…
Alterra - a Milwaukee coffee roas…
No shortage of customers!
No shortage of customers!
Milwaukee Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Good food, great location
This is a prime location to stop and enjoy the river (in summer) with a cold beer and a good lunch. Food is tasty and prices are quite reasonable. Bac… read entire review
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