50 States Series: Best Local Bakeries Worth Traveling For

There is something to be said for charming, local bakeries where irresistible sweet treats tempt passersby from their display cases and the smell of made-from-scratch baked goods greet visitors at the door. From fresh fruit tarts, to classic chocolate chip cookies and masterful, layered cakes, your sweet tooth should be satisfied by any of the goodies on the menu when you find a great bakery.

We’ve put together a list of the best local bakeries in each state worth traveling for. These bakeries have the art of cookie-making, cake-frosting, and pie crust-crimping down to a science, and serve up their baked goods with a friendly smile. They’re bakeries you might visit with the intention of buying only a crusty baguette to go with dinner and end up leaving with a dozen decadent chocolate cupcakes, or both, instead. Whether you choose a flaky breakfast pastry, an afternoon sweet treat, or an indulgent dessert after dinner, just one bite from these bakeries will leave you happy you stopped in while vacationing in any of the fifty states.

Alabama (Homewood): Dreamcakes Bakery

Alaska (Talkeetna): Flying Squirrel Cafe

Arizona (Phoenix): Essence Bakery

Arkansas (Little Rock): Community Bakery

California (San Francisco): Miette

Colorado (Dillon): Blue Moon Bakery

Connecticut (Milford): Scratch Baking

Delaware (Newark): Bing’s Bakery

Florida (Orlando): Blue Bird Bake Shop

Colorful, assorted tarts available at a bakery.

Georgia (Savannah): Back in the Day Bakery

Hawaii (Honolulu): Happy Cakes

Idaho (Boise): Zeppole Baking Co.

Illinois (Hinsdale): Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery

Indiana (Indianapolis): The Cake Bake Shop

Iowa (Des Moines): Creme

Kansas (Overland Park): The Upper Crust

Kentucky (Louisville): Cake Flour

Louisiana (Lafayette): Poupart Bakery

Maine (Portland): Foley’s Cakes

Cookies organized in a bakery display case

Maryland (Columbia): Touche Touchet

Massachusetts (Boston): Flour Bakery

Michigan (Muskegon): Ryke’s

Minnesota (Anoka): Han’s Bakery

Mississippi (Jackson): Broad Street Bakery

Missouri (St. Louis): La Patisserie Chouquette

Montana (Missoula): Black Cat Bake Shop

Nebraska (Omaha): Aromas & Bliss

Nevada (Las Vegas): Retro Bakery

New Hampshire (Several Locations): Popovers in the Square

New Jersey (Denville): Pink Cake Box

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Rude Boy Cookies

New York (Schenectady): Perreca’s

North Carolina (Greensboro): Maxie B’s

Choose from a variety of cookies and baked goods at the bakery

North Dakota (Grand Folks): Dakota Harvest Bakers

Ohio (Athens): Village Bakery & Cafe

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Prairie Thunder Baking Company

Oregon (Portland): Pacific Pie

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Rhode Island (Providence): Ellie’s Bakery

South Carolina (Fort Mill): CupCrazed Cakery

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Queen City Bakery

Tennessee (Maryville): Art of Cakes

Texas (Houston): Three Brothers Bakery of Houston

Utah (Salt Lake City): City Cakes and Cafe

Vermont (Middlesex): Red Hen Baking Co.

Virginia (McLean): Fluffy Thoughts

Washington (Bellingham): Mount Bakery

West Virginia (Shepherdstown): Shepherdstown Sweet Shop

Wisconsin (Pewaukee): Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery

Wyoming (Jackson): Persephone Bakery

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