Welcome to Green County
This pastoral area holds the nation's greatest concentration of cheesemakers. As you're road-tripping through you can stop at local dairy farms and shops and learn your artisanal from farmstead, Gruyere from Gouda, curd from whey. Why so cheesy here? It has to do with the limestone-rich soil. It grows distinctive grass, which makes distinctive food for cows, and that results in distinctive milk that creates distinctive cheese. Got it? Old World Europeans did, particularly the Swiss. They flocked to the region in the 1800s, bringing their cheesemaking skills with them.
Two good pit stops are Monroe, the biggest town and county seat, filled with cheese history and limburger taverns, and New Glarus, a wee Swiss town with a renowned brewery.