20 Photos that Prove Milwaukee is Pretty Cool

Milwaukee most likely does not come up in your mind as a hot, trending destination, but it has a lot to offer. Walkable, full of great Ethiopian and Hmong food, and a fantastic collection of art both inside and outside of museums. 

I visited Milwaukee in April of 2017 for the Women in Travel Summit. While I wasn't attending conference sessions, I wandered around the city with my camera. I found old brick buildings, plenty of artwork, and a scenic river. 

I discovered that Milwaukee is pretty cool.

  The Milwaukee River runs through downtown Milwaukee and a river walk provides the best views. 

The Milwaukee River runs through downtown Milwaukee and a river walk provides the best views. 

  I bet the views from the City Hall Clock Tower are amazing.

I bet the views from the City Hall Clock Tower are amazing.

  One of the many pieces of public art work throughout Milwaukee. 

One of the many pieces of public art work throughout Milwaukee. 

  Boats hang out along the river walk on the Milwaukee River.

Boats hang out along the river walk on the Milwaukee River.

  Industrial buildings of a bygone era line the river walk, though Hoffo Shoe Polish is still in operation.

Industrial buildings of a bygone era line the river walk, though Hoffo Shoe Polish is still in operation.

  The Reimann Bridge connects pedestrians from downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Reimann Bridge connects pedestrians from downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

  Budding trees in spring time against towering brick buildings. 

Budding trees in spring time against towering brick buildings. 

  The Denis Sullivan in the setting sun. Lake Michigan stretches out beyond. 

The Denis Sullivan in the setting sun. Lake Michigan stretches out beyond. 

  The sun rises over a downtown Milwaukee ramp. 

The sun rises over a downtown Milwaukee ramp. 

  Eateries, cafes, and apartments look over the Milwaukee River. 

Eateries, cafes, and apartments look over the Milwaukee River. 

  The controversial "The Calling" by Shane McAdams in downtown Milwaukee.

The controversial "The Calling" by Shane McAdams in downtown Milwaukee.

  City Hall Clock Tower in the distance and reflections of buildings on the water. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful spring day. 

City Hall Clock Tower in the distance and reflections of buildings on the water. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful spring day. 

  Reflections across the river. 

Reflections across the river. 

  Discovery World and the Denis Sullivan in the setting sun. 

Discovery World and the Denis Sullivan in the setting sun. 

  Even under construction, the buildings here are beautiful.

Even under construction, the buildings here are beautiful.

  They also have bridges, so if you ever want to cross the Milwaukee.

They also have bridges, so if you ever want to cross the Milwaukee.

  Seriously, all the bridges. 

Seriously, all the bridges. 

  More boats along the Milwaukee River. You can take boat tours when the weather is good. 

More boats along the Milwaukee River. You can take boat tours when the weather is good. 

  Clear blue skies provide a backdrop to brick buildings and the City Hall Clock Tower. 

Clear blue skies provide a backdrop to brick buildings and the City Hall Clock Tower. 

  Reflections of an old railroad bridge on the Milwaukee River. 

Reflections of an old railroad bridge on the Milwaukee River. 

So, think this midwestern city on a river is worth a visit?