My area is known as the Factory Tour Capital of the World. Yeah, that’s a bit extreme but there are some really fun, informative and tasty factory tours here. Let’s start with the big daddy of all tours, the Harley Davidson plant.
If you heard the names William Harley and Arthur Davidson separately, you might not realize who these guys were; put the names together and you have the most famous motorcycle in the world. Their company began in 1903 in Milwaukee WI and their headquarters is still there. But in 1973, all assembly operations were moved to a huge plant in my area. They run a factory tour every weekday. They even allow visitors to take the bikes for a spin on the test track. Nono, I’m making that up. But they do allow you to sit on a bike. After the tour, visitors get to spend time in their gift shop. You don’t have to be a hard core biker to want a Harley t-shirt. In fact, it is always good just to buy a shirt for everyone on your gift list.
There are many more factories in my area offering tours but you’ve probably never heard of them. And many of the real factories have closed and moved their operations to other countries. I always try to buy local when I can. I hope that you try to do that too. By the way, you can order any of these products online. Any except the Harley but you'd probably want to take a test drive first anyway.