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A Big Brand Tour of the US

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Last Updated on by Noni May

America is widely recognised as being the business capital of the world and the creator of some of the biggest brands on the planet. And if you were to trace these brands to where they first started, you would find yourself in some fascinating travel destinations. So, that is exactly what we have decided to do in this article!

Starbucks, Seattle

The original branch of the world-famous coffee chain was established in Western Avenue but then moved to Pike Place, downtown Seattle in the 1970s where it stands today. The store still retains its original look and attracts coffee-lovers from across the globe. While you are in Seattle, don’t miss out on a trip to the top of the Space Needle where you look down on the city. Other top attractions include Chihuly Garden and Glass, Puget Sound and the Pike Place Market.

McDonald’s, California

Though it is hard to imagine, the original McDonald’s restaurant started as a simple food stand on Huntington Drive, closeby to the Monrovia Airport. This one doesn’t exist anymore, but lovers of the iconic brand can still order from the third site in Downey, California. And there is plenty more to do and see nearby in Los Angeles including Universal Studio, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach and Rodeo Drive.

Dr. Pepper, Texas

The unique flavour of Dr. Pepper was actually created way back in the 19th century in the Central Texas town of Waco. If you are planning a trip to the Dr.d Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, Comfort Suites Waco is a great place to stay. While you are in Texas, just a few of the other top attractions include the Alamo, Houston Space Centre, Big Bend National Park and River Walk of San Antonio.

Coca-Cola, Georgia

Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton was the creator of the biggest soft drink in the world, which also has origins from the 19th century – though it was an alcoholic drink originally! If you want to learn more about this most ubiquitous of brands, you can do so at the grand World of Coca-Cola. Don’t leave Atlanta without checking out the Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Ford, Detroit

The Ford Motor Company began at the beginning of the 20th century and was led by that pioneering entrepreneur Henry Ford. The city still has the nickname Motor City and is also home to the legendary music brand Motown Records. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Detroit including Lake Michigan and Isle Royale National Park. Follow the big brands in America and they will take you to some interesting and inspiring places. And once you have had your fill learning about how these big businesses first got started, you can then enjoy some of the tourist sites in the surrounding area of which there are bound to be many no matter which you choose to visit.

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