50 States Series: Best Local Coffee Shops Worth Traveling For

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There is nothing quite like the taste and smell of a cup of coffee to start your day. Or end your day. Or keep you perked up in the middle of it. Even better though, is a cup of GOOD coffee (sorry, office-based coffee machines) brewed by excellent staff who care about your satisfaction.

We compiled a list of the top local coffee shop in each state worth traveling for. With this list, not only will you not have to miss out on your morning joe, but you can try an award-winning breakfast sandwich, listen to live music, or just hang out with some of the friendliest owners around. These brew houses and coffee shops embody the flavor of their region, and you’ll be glad you stopped in to start your day when on vacation in any of the fifty states.

Alabama (Homewood): O’Henry’s

Alaska (Anchorage): Steamdot

Arizona (Phoenix): Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Arkansas (Fayetteville): Mama Carmen’s

California (Santa Monica): Caffe Luxxe

Colorado (Denver): Stella’s Coffee House

Connecticut (Stamford): Lorca

Delaware (Several Locations): Brew HaHa

Florida (West Palm Beach): Harold’s Coffee Lounge

Georgia (Savannah): The Sentient Bean

Hawaii (Honolulu): La Tour Cafe

Idaho (Several Locations): Java

Illinois (Chicago): Bad Wolf Coffee

Indiana (Several Locations): Hubbard and Cravens

Iowa (Fairfield): Cafe Paradiso

Kansas (Leawood): The Roasterie

Kentucky (Lexington): Third Street Stuff & Coffee

Louisiana (New Orleans): Fairgrinds

Maine (Portland): Bard Coffee

Maryland (Silver Spring): Zed’s Cafe

Massachusetts (Boston): Pavement Coffeehouse

Michigan (Grand Rapids): Madcap

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Peace Coffee

Mississippi (Several Locations): Cups Espresso Cafe

Missouri (Springfield): The Coffee Ethnic

Montana (Several Locations): Montana Coffee Traders

Nebraska (Omaha): Legend Comics & Coffee

Nevada (Reno): Hub Coffee Roasters

New Hampshire (Manchester): The Bridge Cafe

New Jersey (Princeton): Small World Coffee

New Mexico (Santa Fe): Ohori’s Coffee Roasters

New York (New York City): Toby’s Estate

North Carolina (Durham): Cocoa Cinnamon

North Dakota (Fargo): Twenty Below Coffee Co.

Ohio (Akron): Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Elemental Coffee

Oregon (Portland): Good Coffee

Pennsylvania (Lancaster): Prince Street Cafe

Rhode Island (Providence): La Salle Bakery

South Carolina (Charleston): Black Tap Coffee

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Coffea Roasterie

Tennessee (Several Locations): JoZoara

Texas (Austin): Houndstooth Coffee

Utah (Salt Lake City): Caffee d’Bolla

Vermont (Killington): Liquid Art

Virginia (Virginia Beach): Cafe Moka

Washington (Seattle): Slate Coffee Roasters

West Virginia (Martinsburg): Daily Grind

Wisconsin (Green Bay): Kavarna

Wyoming (Cheyenne): Paramount Cafe

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of Wineries/BreweriesMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.