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Ice Cream Destinations

At ice cream parlors and artisan ice creameries across the West, classic and exotic flavors abound. Get the scoop on the cold stuff with our roundup.

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The best ice cream shops in the West deliver out-of-this-world treats, whether you prefer plain or seriously sprinkled.

Get your ice cream here! We've done the hard work for you, scouting the best neighborhood ice cream shops and investigating the newest artisan ice creameries. Check out these stories to find the hot spots for cool treats, whether you prefer local and seasonal ingredients, unusual flavor combinations—cardamom/orange peel, perhaps?—or plain, delightful vanilla.

Ice Cream Parlors: Your favorite neighborhood spots
The Coolest Ice Cream: Tempting new flavors
Distinctive Ice Creams: Northern California’s inventive concoctions

Photograph from Wikimedia Commons/D. Sharon Pruitt

This article was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.