New Glarus, WI
Why you should go: Okay, so technically, to a certain sect of Europhiles and army knife aficionados, the tiny town of New Glarus is a destination unto itself, what with its Swiss chalet aesthetic that makes it feel like a twister skipped Kansas and instead hit Beromünster before setting down in dairy country. But even if you have an inexplicable rage toward armed neutrality, the brewery is worth a visit. It's one of Wisconsin's biggest and best breweries, though unless you're in the state, it's hard to find. Even locals have a hard time finding the brewer’s Thumbprint Series, which has unleashed the great Scream IIPA, a Berliner Weisse, and a fresh Apple Ale. Its year-round beers take advantage of the region’s agriculture to include a great cherry-tinged Belgian red and the Serendipity, which is oak-aged using wild fermentation. Skaal! Pass the cheese.
While you’re there: Staying at the enormous, Swiss-style Chalet Landhaus is a must. But there’s also more fondue than you know what to do with, Old World pubs, and other attractions that will make you feel like you're far from the Midwest. Except for all the cheese.