Looking for the ultimate taste of summer? While watermelon, lobster roll, and chowder may be near the top of your list, we're guessing that one tasty treat rules supreme: Ice cream. With that in mind, our network of foodies has combed the U.S. from the Hawaiian islands to the Atlantic coast to track down some of the most delicious ice cream parlors, shops, and carts in America for the most mouth-watering photo gallery yet (above).
Chocolate, vanilla, cookies & cream, butter pecan. The tried-and-true got their rep for a reason, and you'll find them in ample supply at ice cream shops from NYC's Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to Ephraim, WI's Wilson's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor in beautiful Door County.
Beyond the traditional, some communities have put their own unmistakable stamp on their ice cream recipes. The Juice Bar, in Nantucket, MA, boasts a tart-sweet combo called Crantucket, made with local New England cranberries and dark chocolate. On New Jersey's Long Beach island, the Blotation Device (extra points for the name), is a beach bucket filled with 32 scoops of ice cream and crumbled baked goods.
Then we have the downright peculiar flavors of ice cream. Would you try the Netflix, an ice cream sandwich with white-cheddar and Doritos? That's just one of the treats at CoolHaus trucks, in NYC, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Other wacky flavors await you among our 20 favorite ice cream shops in America (above).