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selecttraveler.com 45 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 BOSTON'S FAMOUS FREEDOM TRAIL is only 2.5 miles long, but it covers 250 years. e trail highlights 16 sites where the founda- tion and future of America were shaped, among them the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House. e most popular option is the 90-minute Walk Into History tour, which features 11 of the trail's 16 sites. A three-hour group tour cov- ers all 16 sites, although visitors don't go inside all of them. Both tours are led by costumed Freedom Trail Players, who talk about the history and significance of each stop. At Old North Church, travelers can explore two recently added living-history areas in the Clough House. Guests can taste how Colo- nial-era people enjoyed chocolate, including sipping the same cocoa concoction John and Abigail Adams drank, at Captain Jackson's His- toric Chocolate Shop. Visitors can also watch a master printer oper- ate a 1700s printing press at the Printing Office of Edes and Gill. Groups can request a variety of themed tours, such as the Pirates and Patriots tour, the African-American Patriots tour, the Revolutionary Women tour and lantern tours. e Historic Pub Crawl includes beer tastings at four historic pubs on the Blackstone Block, and through this fall, groups can see the USS Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, in dry dock as it is being restored. W W W . T H E F R E E D O M T R A I L . O R G IN WISCONSIN, CHEESE "IS OUR HISTORY," said Kristina LeVan, public relations coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Immigrants from around the world settled in the state and brought their cultures — pun intended — with them. "It's not just enjoying cheese; it's part of who we are," LeVan said. e Great Wisconsin Cheese Trail features more than two dozen stops, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board offers a free map that highlights 169 dairies, creameries and cheese factories around the state. Options range from large, long-standing cheese produc- ers to smaller, newer craft creameries. Alp and Dell Cheese Store in Monroe made the 2016 World's Best Cheese: the Roth Grand Cru. e factory typically introduces up to five new cheeses a year but specializes in Gruyere, Fontina, Havarti, Gouda and Butter Kase. Visitors can watch cheese being made in the viewing hall as part of a self-guided tour or arrange for a guided tour. Carr Valley Cheese has eight locations in the state, including two factories with stores and stand-alone retail locations. e fac- tory in La Valle offers visitors the best show, and the store in Sauk City includes a cooking school with a test kitchen. About 45 minutes west of Madison, visitors can watch cheesemak- ers at work at Arena Cheese and arrange for a narrative of the process. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery in Ellsworth offers more than 280 cheeses at the store, although the co-op is best known for its curds. W W W . T R A V E L W I S C O N S I N . C O M GREAT WISCONSIN CHEESE TRAIL FREEDOM TRAIL By Roth Kaese Courtesy Freedom Trail Foundation R O T H C H E E S E B O S T O N B Y R A C H E L C A R T E R

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