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There's so much more to Milwaukee than beer and baseball.

Visitors always enjoy raising a glass to toast the city's famous brewing background.

That association with alcohol extends into sport with Major League outfit Milwaukee Brewers taking their name from the city's celebrated link with drink.

However, Milwaukee overflows with cultural and historical attractions which explains its popularity as a much-loved destination.

It's the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and is situated 90 miles north of Chicago on the west side of Lake Michigan.

For the record, Milwaukee is the third-most densely populated metropolitan area in the Midwest, surpassed only by Chicago and Detroit respectively.

Milwaukee is home to the iconic Harley-Davidson motorbike. Arthur Davidson, with his brother Walter and William S. Harley, founded their business in a tiny machine shop here at the start of the 20th century.

The company's growth accelerated so quickly that two decades later Harley-Davidson was the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. The story of the world famous brand is told in a special museum in Milwaukee where classic motorcycles are on display.

Exhibits include 'Serial Number One' - the oldest Harley - and a motorbike which belonged to rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, a well-known motorcycling enthusiast.

An easy way to explore the city is with a leisurely stroll along the Milwaukee Riverwalk which winds through the heart of the city past some of the city's best restaurants, brewpubs, shops and nightlife.

Milwaukee has many pleasant walking trails, including the Lakefront path which is one of the prettiest downtown areas of any American city.

Discover the city's origins at Milwaukee Public Museum which tells how native American tribes were drawn to the region by its rich vegetation and location at the intersection of three rivers and Lake Michigan.

French fur traders and missionaries established a trading post in the late 17th and 18th centuries followed by waves of European immigrants. By 1850 German immigrants made up one third of the city's population. Today, Milwaukee has a strong ethnic mix reflecting its cultural diversity.

The brewing of beer remains at the heart of the city's prosperity with the Miller Brewing Company still a major employer.

At one time Milwaukee produced more beer than any other city in the world. A claim to fame which lasted until 1981 before a decline led to the closure of several breweries.

The popularity of craft beer has led to a resurgence in microbreweries and Milwaukee remains known as a beer town.

Milwaukee is also famous as a film location. The city was the setting for Happy Days, a hugely successful 1970s television sitcom starring Henry Winkler as The Fonz. A Bronze Fonz statue on the Milwaukee Riverwalk depicts the character in his trademark thumbs-up pose.