America’s Best Factory Tours

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Harley-Davidson, York, PA

For the James Dean wannabes and leather jacket-donning biker chicks, the Harley-Davidson Factory tour in York, PA is a thrilling good time. Explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory, sit on an in-production hog, and even don a safety vest, glasses, and steel toe protection for a behind-the-scenes peek through areas previously unseen by the public, including the manufacturing of fuel tanks, frames, and fenders, as well as many ‘employee only’ areas in paint and polish.

 

Jelly Belly, Fairfield, CA

Sweet-toothed taste-testers can sniff their way to the juicy Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA following the aroma of chocolate, peach, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever is being cooked up that day. See how more than 150 flavors are cooked up daily, and you'll get an insider look at the secrets of the trade -- including why it takes up to a week to complete just one single bean.

 

Hershey's Chocolate World, Herhsey, PA

More of an amusement park than your traditional factory, visitors can expect to spend a full day at Hershey's Chocolate World. SIt down and enjoy a ride through America's favorite candy's journey from little bean to milk chocolate. After the ride, enjoy a free sample while strolling through exhibits such as Create Your Own Candy Bar, Chocolate Tasting Adventure, Great Chocolate Factory Mystery in 3D, and many more opportunities for eating and learning about delectable sweets.

 

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Louisville Slugger, Louisville, KY

Inside 16,000 square-feet of baseball madness, the slugger in you will get the chance to explore a field of dreams. You'll get an up-close look at how these top-quality bats are produced, as well as explore a massive historical collection of bats and American baseball memorabilia, such as Babe Ruth's last homerun-hitting slugger. Get a photo with the giant six-story bat outside the museum to be the envy of all the batters back home.

 

Gibson Guitars, Memphis, TN

For the rock stars in your group, a Gibson Guitars Factory tour is a guaranteed musical blast. Witness the intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning that creates these inconic instruments, as well as seeing how Gibson has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years.

 

Ben and Jerry's Factory, Waterbury, VT

For dessert-aholics, the Ben and Jerry's Factory tour is a sweet, sweet dream. Learn about the manufacturing process and the values that drive B&J's business, as well as enjoying the full-service scoop shop. From special flavors like "Vermonster" to traditional favorites (Chunky-Monkey, anyone?) you'll leave with a full stomach and new love of America's favorite ice cream.