Looking for an American travel getaway before summer comes to an end? Companies all across the country would love to give you a backstage pass to see how their products are made!  Here are a few tours that will get you up close and personal with some of America's most iconic products.


Jelly Belly's  factory is located in Fairfield, CA (a short drive from San Francisco) and is gives free tours 361 days out of the year!  Feel free to bring the kiddos on this tour – they are sure to love it!

Nothing screams Americana more than a good ole' Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factor is located in Louisville, KY and is home to the world biggest bat (standing 120 feet tall)!  Tours are available 7 days a week, and you can even have your very own personalized baseball bat made as a memento.

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Harley Davidson manufactures several of their models in their factory in York, PA and offers free tours Monday – Friday.  Don't worry, you don't have to own a Harley to feel welcome here!

Lookin' for a taste of the south?  A two hour drive west of New Orleans will land you in Avery Island, LA – the home of Tabasco sauce.  Entry onto the island will cost you a mere $1, and after that you can enjoy free recipes, tastings, and samples!  You might want to bring a bottle of water for the ride home…

Nothing will cool down your trip to the Tabasco factory like a America's favorite summer treat – ice cream.  Ben & Jerry's is located in the beautiful mountains of Waterford, VT and offers tours 7 days a week, although ice cream is only made Monday – Friday.  No matter what day of the week you take a tour you will have the chance to taste the flavor of the day!

If you are looking to spend some quality time with the little ones, take them to the Crayola Experience.  Crayola's 60,000 sq foot facility in Easton, PA offers dozens of activities that are sure to keep your kids busy all day!

Located just outside of Detroit, MI is Ford Motor Company's Rouge factory – purchased by Henry Ford himself in the early 1900s.   A tour of the factory allows visitors the opportunity to watch the final assembly process for the Ford F-150 – America's best selling pickup truck for over 35 years.

Craving chocolate?  Head on over to Hershey, PA where you can find a plethora of fun (chocolate) filled activites at Hershey's Chocolate World.  Chocolate World has rides, 4D movies, samples, and you and your kids can even make your own candy bars!

Although Lynchburg, TN is located in a dry county, it is also home of the famous Jack Daniels Distillery.  The walking tour of the Jack Daniel's grounds lasts about an hour and walking shoes are recommended.  Along with their walking tour, Jack Daniels now offers a tour of their distillery (for a nominal fee) – and you get samples!

Last, but not least, if you find yourself in Memphis, TN, make sure to stop by Gibson Guitar's factory to see how their beautiful guitars are handcrafted.  Tours are offered 7 days a week – advance reservations are recommended.