Companies offering public tours of their manufacturing facilities include Harley-Davidson, Louisville Slugger, Gibson Guitars, Maker's Mark and Mack Trucks. Automobile manufacturing locations with public tours include BMW's factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Bowling Green Corvette Plant in Kentucky and Mercedes-Benz's factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other must-see public tours include the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn, Michigan, the Martin Guitar manufacturing facility in Nazarath, Pennsylvania, and the Boeing Company's plant in Everett, Washington.
Harley-Davidson public tours are available at its plants in York, Pennsylvania, and Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Louisville Slugger tour participants leave with a mini-Slugger souvenir. During the Gibson Guitar factory tour in Memphis, participants watch luthiers bind, paint, buff and tune the instruments and as part of the Martin Guitar tour, visitors make a stop at the Pickin' Parlor, where they can play high-end and limited-edition guitars. Tours of the Mack Truck factory in Macungie, Pennslyvania, require 1.5 miles of walking and visitors can also view truck models from 1907 to 1973 on exhibit at the nearby Mack Museum in Allentown. The Maker's Mark Distillery is a National Historic landmark, and tour participants not only view the fermentation process, but watch while workers hand-dip the red wax bottle tops.
FactoryToursUSA.com provides links to factory tours in each state, such as the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon, the Anheuser-Busch plant in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Shidoni Foundry in Santa Fe, New Mexico.