Martin Guitar Co., Nazareth, Pa.

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
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