In the town of Hilmar you can visit and tour Hilmar Cheese Company, a perfect stop for Yosemite National Park–bound travelers and anyone driving along State Highway 99. The impressive visitor center features a gourmet gift shop while the café takes full advantage of Hilmar’s pepper jack and cheddar via grilled sandwiches and a cheese chowder. Depending on the production schedule, you may get to see workers packing massive 640-pound chunks of cheese for shipping. And at the end of the tour, there are free tastings of Hilmar cheeses, including a delicacy available only at the factory: fresh curds known as cheese squeakers.
Hilmar Cheese Company