Sep 29 2009

Review of Watch It Made in the U.S.A. by Karen Axelrod and Bruce Brumberg

Watch It Made in the U.S.A.

Factory tours are often fun, interesting, and educational, and they’re something we enjoy doing when possible. Tracking down available tours, however, can be a challenge. There are a few websites that list tours by state, and I’ve used that information in the past.

Recently, though, I came across a book called Watch It Made in the U.S.A.: A Visitor’s Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums by Karen Axelrod and Bruce Brumberg. This book is a comprehensive listing of factory tours around the U.S. Each operation gets a full page and includes a description of the company and its tour, plus contact information, cost, freebies, hours, reservation requirements, and more. The “minimum age” listing is particularly helpful if you’re traveling with children.

Nearby attractions are also listed, and if they are included in the book, page numbers are referenced.

The book is organized geographically, with tabbed sections “Great Lakes,” “South,” “Heartland,” etc. I find navigation to be difficult at times, although the table of contents lists the states in each section and the beginning of the sections shows a map of all the tours in that area. The index lists companies alphabetically and by type of product.

The entries are written in language interesting enough that my five-year-old asked for some pages as bedtime reading. We’re looking forward to three or four tours from this book on an upcoming trip, and found some closer to home that we didn’t know about before. It was even interesting to read about places we’ve already been, such as Jelly Belly and the Spam Museum. Watch It Made in the USA is well worth the price if you enjoy company tours and want a comprehensive guide at your fingertips.

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