Add some ice cream to the trip itinerary by visiting one of these sweet shops

Whether in our hometown or on the road, a trip to the local confectionery is often on the agenda. If you and your family love ice cream, consider incorporating fresh confectionery into your next vacation.

Little Man Ice Cream, Denver

Visit this Coney Island-inspired creamery for handmade, locally sourced treats, crafted in a 28-foot-tall silver creamer box. Fans can also tour Little Man’s 6,000 square foot production facility and hang out in the tasting room to get a feel for where the house magic begins.

In addition to bringing smiles to local customers, Little Man is committed to its Scoop for Scoop program. Since 2008, for every scoop of ice cream purchased, the organization has donated a scoop of rice or beans to the less fortunate in Denver and developing regions of the world.

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Sassy Cow Creamery, Columbus, Wis.

It’s no surprise you’ll find great ice cream in the heart of America’s dairy country. Over 70 premium flavors of ice cream are made with milk from the family’s traditional herd of cows.

Lovers of sweet treats can enjoy fresh options like Cookie Monster, Fresh Peach, Peanut Butter Blast, and Blueberry Pie. Stop in the farmhouse kitchen for lunch where dairy-focused menu items include grilled Sassy Cow Cheddar cheese served with a side dish and white or chocolate milk.

Those interested in learning more can sign up for a farm tour to find out what happens in the state-of-the-art parlor where the cows are milked and meet the sassy cows.

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Memorial Ice Cream, Mount Rushmore, SD

Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents. Among them? Making ice cream. At Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, the memorial commemorates the legacy of Thomas Jefferson by serving vanilla ice cream based on his original 1780 recipe.

The instructions for his version of the cold concoction now reside in the Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress. But you can taste it for yourself at the park’s Memorial Ice Cream Shop. According to records, Jefferson helped popularize ice cream by serving the sweet treat at Monticello and the President’s House.

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Salt and Straw, Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; and San Francisco

Presented as farm-to-cone ice cream, the delicious and creative flavors regularly lead to queues as customers debate their new favorite concoction.

Started by cousins ​​Kim and Tyler Malek, the duo use local, sustainable and organic ingredients to deliver small batches of handmade marionberry habanero goat cheese (a fan favorite), Meyer lemon buttermilk with blueberries, strawberry cilantro cheesecake and double vanilla dog song.

If your mouth is watering reading this, Salt & Straw delivers and currently offers free shipping.

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Velvet Ice Cream, Utica, Ohio

Located on 20 scenic acres in Licking County, Ohio, Ye Olde Mill’s Velvet Ice Cream Family Center welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year.

A museum, musical entertainment, nature trails, a historic 1817 flour mill with a waterwheel, a 19th-century-style ice cream parlor and a children’s playground attract ice cream-loving families to this spot favorite of the Midwest.

They’ve been serving delicious flavors, including lemon cheesecake, spiced caramel and sticky pudding, for over four generations.

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Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is an author, family travel expert and avid explorer. Gather more travel information on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook or via

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