Exploring the Wisconsin Cheese Trail
If you're a cheese-lover in the United States, Wisconsin is your Graceland. More cheese is produced there than in any other state in the nation, and it's home to countless cheesemakers, creameries, dairies, festivals and fromageries. Best of all, most are open to the public, letting you get a first-hand look into the world of cheese. USA Today Travel has put together a list of spots you won't want to miss as you set out to explore the Wisconsin Cheese Trail.
There is no better place to roam in search of the perfect cheese than south-central Wisconsin, a Holstein-dappled landscape with a Swiss heritage. In Wisconsin's Monroe and New Glarus areas, cheese has been a culinary and cultural focal point since the mid-1840s. At least eight major plants within a short drive of each other produce dozens of award-winning varieties. At most of these facilities, you can watch the cheesemaking process, taste samples and then purchase a pound or two. So when the folks here say "cheese," you'll surely smile.
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