Bacon, avocado, chocolate — all are worthy food obsessions. But when it comes to the cream of the crop, the one food many people say they literally can’t imagine living without, you’ve got to give it to cheese. Whether it’s melted into a bowl of pasta, stuffed into a sandwich or eaten alongside a glass of fine wine, there’s little that tickles our fancy so much as a good wedge of cheese.
Just as people plan vacations around tasting wine, it’s worth your time to plan travel around places where you can taste incredible cheese. When you travel to the source of some of your favorite cheeses, you can open up a whole new world. Learn the history of your favorite bites while chowing down. Once you have a taste of the cheddar in Cheddar, England, chances are you won’t find yourself eating the bland store-brand stuff anymore.
Here are our top destinations for cheese-loving travelers. Don’t forget to pack your stretchy pants — you’re going to have a lot of eating to do.