Martin Guitar Co., Nazareth, Pa.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 163 miles, about a 3-hour drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas:</b> Martin Guitar Co. is one of the most well-known and well-respected guitar manufacturers. Everyone from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003449" title="Elvis Presley" href="/topic/entertainment/music/elvis-presley-PECLB003449.topic">Elvis Presley</a> to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002336" title="Jimi Hendrix" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jimi-hendrix-PECLB002336.topic">Jimi Hendrix</a> to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003167" title="Paul McCartney" href="/topic/entertainment/music/paul-mccartney-PECLB003167.topic">Paul McCartney</a> has strummed one of these guitars. Now, visitors can tour the factory and experience first-hand how the guitars come to life. Tours get to see the art of guitar making and follow a guitar from the beginning to the finished product.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> The details. The guided tour will show visitors the 300 steps it takes to make a Martin guitar from start to finish.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> 510 Sycamore Street, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101022012600" title="Nazareth" href="/topic/us/pennsylvania/northampton-county-%28pennsylvania%29/bethlehem-%28northampton-pennsylvania%29/nazareth-PLGEO100101022012600.topic">Nazareth</a>, PA 18064. Official tour starts at 1:15 p.m. weekdays, but visitors also can drop by and walk through between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays; 610-759-2837. Go to www.martinguitar.com.

( Donna Fisher, The Morning Call / April 4, 2012 )

Distance from Baltimore: 163 miles, about a 3-hour drive

Why it's worth the gas: Martin Guitar Co. is one of the most well-known and well-respected guitar manufacturers. Everyone from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix to Paul McCartney has strummed one of these guitars. Now, visitors can tour the factory and experience first-hand how the guitars come to life. Tours get to see the art of guitar making and follow a guitar from the beginning to the finished product.

Don't miss: The details. The guided tour will show visitors the 300 steps it takes to make a Martin guitar from start to finish.

Information: 510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth, PA 18064. Official tour starts at 1:15 p.m. weekdays, but visitors also can drop by and walk through between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays; 610-759-2837. Go to www.martinguitar.com.

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