The Best Places in the USA You Must See if You Are a Cheese Lover

Cheese at one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover.

Cheesemakers around the United States are creating tasty goat cheeses, rich, sharp cheddars, mellow brie, and various other types. There’s a cheese for basically everyone, whether you like it plain, on toast, with fruit or chocolate, or in velvety mac & cheese. Artisan cheese stores, cheese trails, festivals, and workshops are available in addition to the products of these cheesemakers. Here are the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!

Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a must for every cheese-related list, and we could include the whole state, but it’s pretty big! Madison is the place to go if you want to cover most of Wisconsin’s cheeses. Specialty cheesemakers, artisan cheese stores, and many restaurants are scattered all across the state capital. Many varieties of cheese from all across the state (and further) are readily available on virtually every corner. What makes Madison unique is that they also have many new small breweries that go great with all of that cheese. You also have to try a batch of Wisconsin cheese curds while you are in Madison!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of the blues and buttermilk chicken is also proud to have a lot of delicious cheese. New Orleans is also famous for its beignets and smoky coffee (both of which you should try), but it has also become a gastronomic haven in recent years. New Orleans is wonderful for a weekend trip, with many brewers, bakers, and cheesemakers waiting for you to try their products. You can easily find restaurants selling elegant cheese boards, informal cheese tastings, and stores specializing in all things cheese throughout the city. You can even visit a cheese farm if you travel just outside of the city. New Orleans has many things to offer to pair with cheese, and that’s why it’s one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover!

Two wedges of cheese next to a flower and a pastry.
New Orleans is famous for more than just Mardi Gras.

New York City, New York

In New York City, you can’t travel very far without encountering cheese. Every possible sort of cheese can easily be found here, from goat to vegan and back. Locals from Manhattan argue that the best cheese can be found at the Ideal Cheese Shop on 1st Avenue, with many imported kinds of cheese and other delicacies. However, if you are here for the first time, there are many things to do in NYC as a newcomer besides eating cheese. You must go roaming through Manhattan; even if you go through it randomly, you will run into many beautiful places. A great view of the whole of NYC is offered from the top of the Empire State Building, and trust us; you don’t want to miss that.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Although cheese and New Mexico may not appear to go together, this state is America’s fourth-largest cheese producer, with around 150 dairy farms. Visit Santa Fe for a weekend of art and hiking in the area’s National Park, followed by cheese sampling at one of the area’s numerous dairies. The sheer amount of cheesemakers makes Santa Fe one of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover, because it offers a vast diversity of different cheeses.

Cheese platter
New Mexico is more than just cacti.

San Francisco, California

With so many farms within driving distance of San Francisco, it’s no surprise that the city has some fantastic cheese stores. It’s also the site of one of the Cheesemonger Invitationals, which brings together the top cheese lovers from all around the country. Cheese connoisseurs should sign up ahead of time for The Cheese School’s three-day extensive cheese course. If that’s still too much for you, the school also offers cheese tastings and pairing lessons. Alternatively, pick up some traditional San Francisco sourdough and combine it with your favorite cheese from one of the city’s many cheese shops. To burn those calories you got from eating cheese, you should consider hiking while you’re in California. There are many great hiking destinations that will allow you to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This Florida city managed to beat Philadelphia in the number of cheesesteaks made. The Philly cheesesteak in Fort Lauderdale offers many options on which cheese will be used. You can choose from a variety of cheeses ranging from regular American cheese to artisanal goudas. If you plan on visiting Fort Lauderdale, make sure to take a road trip through Florida, since it has a lot to offer. Fort Lauderdale is also home to hundreds of cheese and wine events that happen almost every day.

Three cheeses
It may surprise you, but Florida is one of the best places for cheese lovers.

Vermont

This small state has a lot of cheese. Vermont has the most cheesemakers per capita of any state, and they create over 150 different types of cheese. Plan a road trip through Vermont, following the Vermont Cheese Trail, and get the most out of this cheese destination. It will take you through beautiful landscapes, tiny towns with cheese sampling, and shopping possibilities at every turn. For cheese lovers everywhere, it’s a dream come true.

In conclusion

The United States of America has a lot of cheese destinations that you should visit. The diversity of cultures and different landscapes is represented in the diversity of cheeses. That’s why you should visit all of the best places in the USA you must see if you are a cheese lover. You will get to know the whole country better, and you will experience many different cultures and beautiful landscapes during your travels! 

19 thoughts on “The Best Places in the USA You Must See if You Are a Cheese Lover

  1. Julia June 24, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    I had no idea so many places produced cheese. Thanks for interesting post, now when I get to those places, I’ll know to look for cheese.

  2. Richie June 26, 2021 / 12:27 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I don’t know why but I’ve never really thought of the US as being very keen on cheeses. Which is strange because, as you say in your conclusion, when you think of the diversity of cultures in the US there must be people producing cheeses that originated from countries all over the world!

    Thanks for highlighting some of the key places to look out for.

    So, what is your favourite cheese? I like a good stilton.

    • markstraveljournal June 26, 2021 / 12:40 pm

      I like Stilton too but I’m partial to old cheddar. Thanks for the comments.

  3. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes June 26, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    I love cheese and there are some wonderful places here in the U.S. that produce some great varieties. Your post reminded me just how many there are — great info!

  4. Jaya Avendel June 26, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    Cheese immediately conjures up the smell and taste of three of my favorite cheeses: asiago, brie, and bleu cheese.

    That said, cheese comes in such an amazing array of flavors and techniques that a cheese tour sounds like the perfect way to have one’s eyes opened whilst enjoying the charm of a new place. Vermont sounds like the place for me.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Kelly Diane June 30, 2021 / 2:01 am

    This was reallt interesting. I had no idea so many places did their own cheese. I love the idea of a cheese trail too.

  6. Lisa's Notebook June 30, 2021 / 3:53 am

    I honestly had no idea the US was such a prolific cheesemaker – I’ve had plenty of Monteray Jack and enjoyed the most delicious Philly Cheese steak pizza in Florida but that’s it. As a huge fan of cheese, it feels like a trip to Vermont for the Vermont Cheese Trail should go on my bucket list!

    • markstraveljournal June 30, 2021 / 7:44 am

      You can’t go wrong with the Vermont Cheese Trail. Thanks for the comments.

  7. JamieAdStories July 4, 2021 / 9:15 am

    I wasn’t aware the US was big on cheese. I absolutely love cheese!

  8. Simona ~ The Grumpy Olive July 6, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    This sounds like a great way for me to not only travel the US but also a wonderful way to taste some great cheese!

    • markstraveljournal July 6, 2021 / 5:30 pm

      Yes indeed, travel and cheese, a great combo. Thanks for the comments

  9. Angelilie November 16, 2021 / 3:30 pm

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