When it comes to staying cool on a hot summer day, water is your best choice, but many Americans choose to stand in long lines to get a sweet refreshing treat at their local ice cream shop.

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You may not know it, but Montana is one of the best states in America for ice cream. There are several locally owned businesses that make ice cream in Montana, and some of them, such as Wilcoxson's and Genuine Ice Cream Co., and Sweet Peaks can be found at grocery stores throughout the state. You don't have to look hard to find delicious ice cream in Montana. Big Dipper Ice Cream in Missoula was named the best ice cream in the state according to Food & Wine and Taste of Home.

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Going out for ice cream is an activity that is often shared with friends and family. One of the great things about ice cream is the variety of flavors. Personally, I enjoy vanilla, but if you are looking for a more adventurous combination like salted caramel with pretzel, there is an ice cream flavor to please almost everyone. If you want to take your experience to the next level, you can opt for a banana split or a sundae smothered with toppings.

Across Montana, you'll find a great little ice cream shop in almost every town. Summer in Montana is also known as "tourist season", and many businesses in the state rely on the annual economic boost that comes from visitors.

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