50 States Series: Top Ice Cream Shops Worth Traveling For

Banana split from Creole Creamery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mouthwatering sundaes with toppings galore, creamy frappes so thick you need a spoon to finish, and sugar cones stacked with scoops of ice cream… do we have your attention?

No matter where you go on vacation this summer, chances are you’ll stumble upon an ice cream parlor as you explore—and nothing beats a sweet treat on a blissfully sunny day. Whether you’re into gourmet flavors (Bourbon Ginger Snap anyone?) or you’re a purist who prefers traditional vanilla or chocolate, we’ve got the scoop on the top ice cream shops across the country where you can try it all.

From the coast of Maine to the California desert, opt for a vacation rental near one of the spots on our list to ensure your vacation is as sweet as can be!

Alabama (Auburn): Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Alaska (Juneau): Coppa

Arizona (Scottsdale): Sweet Republic, Inc 

Arkansas (Little Rock): The Purple Cow Restaurants

California (San Francisco): Bi-Rite Creamery & Baked Goods 

Order a scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop.

Order a scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop in San Francisco.

Colorado (Boulder): Fior di Latte 

Connecticut (Bantam): Arethusa Farm

Delaware (Newark): UDairy Creamery

Florida (Miami): Azucar Ice Cream Company

Georgia (Savannah): Leopold’s Ice Cream

Visitors come and go from Leopold's Ice Cream Parlor.

Stop in at Leopold’s Ice Cream for premium ice cream—or have some shipped straight to your door!

Hawaii (Koloa): Papalani Gelato

Idaho (Boise): Goody’s Soda Fountain & Candy Store

Illinois (Chicago): Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Indiana (Lansing): Gayety’s

Iowa (Waukon): WW Homestead Dairy

Kansas (Topeka): Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery

Kentucky (Lexington): Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream

Louisiana (New Orleans): The Creole Creamery

Maine (Kennebunkport): Rococo Artisan Ice Cream

Maryland (Baltimore): The Charmery

Massachusetts (Cambridge): Toscanini’s Ice Cream

Michigan (Royal Oak): Ray’s Ice Cream

Ray's Ice Cream is a local favorite in southeast Michigan.

Ray’s Ice Cream is a local favorite in southeast Michigan.

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Izzy’s Ice Cream

Mississippi (Jackson): Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint

Missouri (Kansas City): Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

Montana (Whitefish): Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

Nebraska (Lincoln): Ivanna Cone

Nevada (Reno): Baked Bear

New Hampshire (Portsmouth): Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream

New Jersey (West Orange): Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream

New Mexico (Arroyo Seco): Taos Cow 

New York (Brooklyn): Ample Hills Creamery

North Carolina (Asheville): The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

North Dakota (Bottineau): Pride Dairy of Bottineau

Ohio (Lebanon): Village Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Oregon (Eugene): Red Wagon Creamery

Grab a pint of ice cream for the road from Berkey Creamery in Pennsylvania.

Grab a pint of ice cream for the road from Penn State Berkey Creamery.

Pennsylvania (University Park): Penn State Berkey Creamery

Rhode Island (Tiverton): Gray’s Ice Cream

South Carolina (Columbia): Sweet Cream Co. 

South Dakota (Rapid City): Armadillos Ice Cream Shoppe

Tennessee (Brentwood): The Comfy Cow

Texas (Austin): Lick Honest Ice Creams

Utah (Salt Lake City): Dolcetti Gelato

Vermont (Wilmington): Creemee Stand

Virginia (Norfolk): Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue

Washington (Poulsbo): Mora Iced Creamery

West Virginia (Clarksburg): My Little Cupcake, LLC

Wisconsin (Milwaukee): Purple Door Ice Cream 

Wyoming (Jackson Hole): Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream