Free to See: 10 U.S. Places to Tour

Ever wonder what goes on inside an Olympic training center, a chocolate factory, even the Supreme Court? Now’s your chance. Take one of these 10 FREE tours. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a great free tour near you.

Vineyard Tours Napa Valley, California

It’s easy to spend money in California’s wine country—but dozens of vineyards across the state still offer free tours and/or tastings., an independent winery guide, makes it easy to explore them with their regional Taste for Free Wine Maps.

Harley-Davidson Factory Tours Four Locations

Looking for a good Harley ride destination? Why not road-trip to one of four factories where the legendary bikes are built—in York, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Tomahawk, Wisconsin; or Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The free tours show you what it takes to build a legend, but beware– they also might convince you that you need a Harley.

Yuengling Brewery Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Celebrate suds at America’s oldest brewery, home to Yuengling lager and a handful of other styles. See how the beers are made and hear the history that allowed this family-operated brewery to survive Prohibition and become one of the largest American-owned brewers. For those in the sunny South, Yuengling’s new brewery in Tampa, Florida, also offers free tours.

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  1. Barbara Golden
    Fort Matanzas National Monument
    November 4, 2011, 11:18 am

    Fort Matanzas was built in 1740-42 to protect Spanish St. Augustine from southern approaches by British attackers. The fort, built from the native coquina rock, sets on Rattlesnake Island on the Matanzas River (Intracoastal waterway) approximately 15 miles south of the Nation’s oldest city (St. Augustine, Florida). The Fort is accessible via a free ferry ride across the Matanzas River. Volunteer reenactors conduct 18th century cannon firing demonstrations on the first Saturday of each month.

  2. Zach Rivas
    October 26, 2011, 1:21 am

    This is a great post! There are also some cool free Halloween type places you can visit in the U.S. like you talked about in your top 10 cemeteries post.

  3. Adrienne Hegarty
    SF Bay Area
    October 25, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Semifreddi’s Bakery in Alameda, CA is a great place for a free tour! You can see everything in the works. And the smell of cinnamon buns baking up fresh is to die for. Tours of the 33,000 square foot bakery is free and open to the public for groups of 10+! Great place for school field trips. Call for a reservation. Here’s a virtual tour on YouTube:

  4. Michael Reilly
    October 25, 2011, 6:21 am

    first i tell you i like this picture. There is a free tour for Lynchburg.

  5. Kelsey Ivey
    Eugene, OR
    October 25, 2011, 12:48 am

    BikeFriday offers free factory tours from their showroom in Eugene, Oregon. A folding bike made for traveling (it can fold up and fit into a suit case), BikeFriday’s are custom built to order and beautifully made. Plus the employees are wonderful!

  6. Martina
    October 24, 2011, 2:02 pm

    There is a free tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

  7. Giovanna Palatucci
    October 24, 2011, 12:06 pm

    The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. gives free tours during the week and weekends. Walk-ins are welcome. Tour the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, and the five theaters. Guides provide historical information on the performing arts center and the presidency of JFK.