Catalina Island is just off the coast of California. But it feels a world away.
Why? It's the famous Catalina tile.
Tour: Silver Canyon Pottery
Address: Avalon, Calif.
Price: $59 child, $55 adult
"Please don't call this a factory," said our tour guide at this lovely stop on the road to Hana.
Let's face it - chocolate is just one of those things we'd like to be see made all day long.
Tour: Edelweiss Chocolate
Address: 444 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, Calif.
If you're looking for the "Disneyland" of factory tours, the Sriracha tour in Irwindale, Calif. is about as close as you'll get.
Tour: Huy Fong Foods
Address: 4800 Azusa Canyon Rd. Irwindale, Calif.
Price: Free (call for reservation)
Wine has entertained humans since 7000 BC. It has inspired murals and stories throughout the ages. Factory Tourists, though, want to know how vino is actually made - in a 100-year-old factory in Downtown Los Angeles.
Tour: San Antonio Winery
Address: 737 Lamar St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
You've probably heard the beautiful sounds of the ukulele. You might even have wondered how to play this four-stringed wonder. But as Factory Tourists - you can find out how the lovely instrument itself is made.
Tour: Kamaka Ukulele
Address: 550 South St., Honolulu, HI 96813
Factories come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tiny. Others are huge! Here's one of the largest factories you can imagine - and yes, you can see how the whole thing works.
Tour: Dodger Stadium
Address: 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sometimes you can't fully appreciate something until you see how it's made. That was the case with marmalade for us. The tour of E. Waldo Ward & Son, a citrus farm and jam, jelly and olive factory in Sierra Madre, Calif., showed us why. (click to see review and rating)
Tour: E. Waldo Ward & Son
Address: 273 E. Highland Ave., Sierra Madre, Calif. 91024