Ice cream is a good idea at just about any time of the year, but a cup or cone in your favorite flavor on a sunny summer day is unbeatable. Dig into some frozen goodness at one of the top shops in the USA.

Glacé Artisan Ice Cream (Kansas City, MO)

The minds behind the scoops at Glacé certainly think outside of the box — er, carton — and churn out varieties like Goat Cheese and Roasted Beets, Root Beer, Sour Cream and Brown Sugar, and Rieger’s Whiskey & Cherries.

Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream (Portsmouth, NH)

If you’re cooling off on the New Hampshire seacoast, make a pitstop at Annabelle’s, which is known across New England for its handmade batches and unique menu. Try the Yellow Brick Road (golden vanilla ice cream with pecans and caramel swirls), Pirate’s Treasure (rum ice cream with rum raisins and dried fruit), and Very Cherry Chip (cherry juice ice cream with bing cherries and chocolate chips).

Amy’s Ice Creams (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio TX)

It all started for Amy’s in Austin, but the home of Mexican Vanilla ice cream now has outposts in Houston and San Antonio as well. That twist on the tried-and-true variety is just the beginning, though; the shops rotate through more than 350 flavors, so you’ll never get bored.

Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco, CA)

Practically a San Fran institution, Bi-Rite serves up innovative organic flavors like Honey Lavender, Earl Grey Tea, Balsamic Strawberry, and Creme Fraiche. Be prepared for a line that extends around the block, as the secret’s long been out about Bi-Rite’s delicious scoops, but any wait will be well worth it.

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (Bar Harbor, ME)

This shop, not too far from Acadia National Park, gets the presidential seal of approval; Obama stopped by to order the coconut variety in 2015. ABC’s The View also awarded Mount Desert the accolade of Best Ice Cream in America in 2012. Extreme ice creamers can walk on the wild side with Chocolate Wasabi, or The Dude, a White Russian-flavored offering inspired by The Big Lebowski.

Izzy’s Ice Cream (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN)

Flavor favorites like Blueberry Cheesecake and Peppermint Bon Bon stand out at this Twin Cities standby. Have a hankering for just a sample of the sweet stuff? Order the 3/4-ounce “Izzy” size, which will satisfy your craving in a snap.