Hit the Highway: Best Road Trips of 2016
Americans love to travel and no more so than by car. Through September, motorists had logged more than 2.4 trillion miles on U.S. roads and highways, the most ever during the first nine months of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For travelers with an itch to hit the road, this list contains interesting trips of all stripes that Cheapism has featured this year, from national parks to historic places to culinary destinations.
Chocolate lovers in the Midwest can head for the Blackhawk Chocolate Trail in northwest Illinois. A self-guided tour takes chocoholics through stops at cafes, candy stores, bakeries, and more. There are itineraries of different lengths, some requiring stopovers at local hotels. While it's free to stop into any location on the trail and browse, offerings of free samples vary, so expect to pay for a few treats along the way.
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Wisconsin is home to at least 60 artisan cheesemakers, who create everything from organic cheese to one-of-a-kind handmade batches. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has put together several cheese tour itineraries including cheesemakers, restaurants, and wineries. One featured destination, Emmi Roth USA, won the top honor of World's Best Cheese in the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest.