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This IS your father's Oldsmobile: A poster from a bygone era.
This IS your father's Oldsmobile: A poster from a bygone era.

Continued: Factory tours

For families hitting the road for spring travel, Marsh suggests taking a break and a factory tour to see how things are made.

U.S. Factory Tours (a sampling of public tours available by state)

Alabama – Blue Bell Creameries, Golden Flake, Hyundai
Alaska -- Alaska Brewing, Ulu Factory
Arizona -- Stuffington Bear, The Peanut Patch
Arkansas – Mountain Valley Spring Water, Waco Manufacturing
California – Beringer Vineyards, Cuban Cigar Factory, Hilmar Cheese Factory, Levi Straus, Jelly Belly, Intel
Colorado – Coors Brewing Company, Phoenix Gold Mine, Celestial Seasonings
Connecticut – Cornwall Bridge Pottery, Frito Lay
Delaware – Dogfish Head Brewery
Florida – Peterbrooke Chocalatiere, Walt Disney World’s “Keys to the Kingdom”
Georgia – Mayfield Dairy, World of Coca Cola
Hawaii – Big Wind Kite Factory, Gay & Robinson Sugar Plantation, Mauna Loa (Macadamia Nuts)
Idaho – Buck Knives, Potlatch
Illinois – John Deere, Oberweis Dairy, Eli’s Cheesecake World
Indiana – Jayco, Sechler’s, Walter Piano
Iowa – John Deere, The Kaleidescope Factory, Winnebago
Kansas – Kansas Underground Salt Mine Museum, Reuter Organ Company
Kentucky – Bowling Green Corvette Plant, Louisville Slugger, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Toyota
Louisana – Conrad Rice Mill, McIlhenny (Tabasco)
Maine – Tom’s of Maine, MeadWestvaco, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers
Maryland – Moore’s Candy, Pompeian Olive Oil, Salisbury Pewter
Massachusettes – National Braille Press, Cape Cod Potato Chip Company,
Michigan – Ford, Jiffy Mix
Minnesota –UPM-Kymmene (paper), Arctic Cat, Christian Brothers (hockey sticks)
Mississippi – Viking Range, Peavey Electronics
Missouri – Hallmark, Harley Davidson, Purina
Montana – Gibson Guitar
Nebraska – Kool Aid, Weavers
Nevada – Hoover Dam, National Vitamin, Ethel M Chocolates
New Hampshire – Hampshire Pewter, Parkers Sugar House
New Jersey – Sterling Hill Mine, Ford
New Mexico – Eagle Ranch (pistachio nuts)
New York – Harden Furniture, Original American Kazoo Company, Steinway & Sons, Shredded Wheat
North Carolina – NC Candle Factory, Pillowtex
North Dakota – Pipestem Creek
Ohio – American Whistle Company, BratWorks Tour, Kitchenaid, Spangler Candy, Honda
Oklahoma – Willis Granite Products, Blue Bell Creameries
Oregon – Country Coach, Harry and David’s, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Rodger Instruments
Pennslyvania – Harley Davidson, Hershey’s Chocolate, Mack Truck, Snyder’s of Hanover, Crayola Factory
Rhode Island – Vanguard Racing Sailboats
South Carolina – BMW, Charleston Tea Plantation
South Dakota – Mt. Rushmore Gold
Tennessee – Gibson Guitar Company, Jack Daniel Distillery, Nissan, Moonpie
Texas – Mary Kay, Bluebell Creamery, Dr. Pepper Bottling
Utah – Motosat, Sweet Candy Company
Vermont – Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Crowley Cheese, Sugarbush Farm (Maple syrup), Cabot Creamery
Virginia – Rowena’s, Williamsburg Doll Factory
Washington – Boeing, Theo Chocolate
Washington DC – Bureau of Engraving
West Virginia – Fenton Art Glass
Wisconsin – Cedar Grove Cheese, Kohler, SC Johnson Wax, Miller Brewing
Wyoming – Aviat Aircraft

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