8 Outdoorsy Destinations Where You’ll Find a Little Extra Green

Mary Jane. Grass. Weed. Reefer. Cannabis. Whatever you call it, it’s becoming increasingly accessible to find it for legal recreational purposes across the country.

Marijuana can help achieve relaxation, self-reflection, and stress reduction. Pair those benefits with some outdoor adventuring and you’ve got our kind of vacation.

At the start of 2018, 9 states had legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and over. Seems about time to take a little road trip or camping excursion through some of these spots to let your mind and body unfurl in the wealth of wilderness.

The majority of these states lie on the West Coast, with several in New England, and just one in the Midwest. We picked 9 destinations that have the right blend of greenery and grass.

Just remember that recreational marijuana should be consumed responsibly and only on private property. Marijuana use is still illegal in most public places, and it’s DEFINITELY illegal on federal land… like national parks. Do your research in each destination so you’re well-informed on the specific laws surrounding where and how you can enjoy your cannabis.

1. Anchorage, Alaska

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Venture to the most remote U.S. state to pair your marijuana with rugged mountains and urban adventures. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, but you don’t have to go far from the city streets to spot wildlife, like bear and moose.

Head out of the city for a little slice of solace at Eagle River – Chugach State Park, which is an easy 13 miles from Anchorage. The park is flanked by the Chugach Mountains which creates a dreamy backdrop for biking, kayaking, skiing, or hiking.

2. Weed, California

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Thanks in part to its name, this small Northern California town has embraced a groovy vibe since long before California legalized recreational marijuana. You’ll find lots of “Weed”-themed souvenirs and tie dye here.

Weed is located near the Klamath and McCloud Rivers, which are popular locations for trout fishing. Experienced climbers and mountain enthusiasts land in Weed for its proximity to Mount Shasta, the second-highest volcano in the Cascade Range. During the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock here in pursuit of fresh mountain powder.

Siskiyou Beach and Camp is 14-miles from Weed with an even better view of Mt. Shasta. Its 430-acre lake is the ideal place to go boating, fishing, swimming, or hiking.

3. Reno, Nevada

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This vibrant city in Nevada sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s only an hour from Lake Tahoe, which makes it a popular destination for snow sports in the winter and lake activities during the summer. Cycling enthusiasts also head here for mountain and road biking when the days are long and the temperatures are warmer.

Of course, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to test your luck on the slot machines in this quainter version of Vegas. Marijuana is not legal to use in casinos or bars, but you will find dispensaries on the main strip.

For those looking to take a little excursion from the “Biggest Little City in the World”, Davis Creek is located 30 miles from Reno. Its location in the foothills of the Carson Range makes it a great place to camp throughout the year, with fabulous views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain.

4. Boulder, Colorado

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Rightfully named, Boulder is a mecca for rock climbing and mountain summiting. It’s nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just 25 miles from Denver and a short drive from endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Colorado has more dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonalds combined, so you won’t have trouble finding one in Boulder, before or after that mountain biking trip.

If you’re looking to chase the other high (the one you get at the top of big mountains), head over to Rocky Mountain National Park to camp at Longs Peak. This campground is a popular destination for experienced mountaineers looking to climb the Keyhole Route to Longs’ summit. The lower altitudes also have tamer activities like bicycling, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

5. Bend, Oregon

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Bend is one of the fastest growing small cities in the country, and a top destination for outdoor lovers, thanks in part to being named the “Best Multi-Sport Town” by Outside Magazine in 2017. It’s a destination for rock climbing, rafting, skiing, paragliding, golf, mountain biking, fishing, camping, and so much more.  It also boasts an impressive craft beer scene, and legal recreational marijuana.

This outdoorsy town is located just 150 miles north of California’s border and 164 miles from Portland, Oregon, making it a great place to stop during a Pacific Northwest road trip.

Tumalo State Park is located just outside of Bend. It sits alongside the Deschutes River, so campers can enjoy swimming and fishing. For anyone looking for a glamping experience, there are also yurts available.

6. Spokane, Washington

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Unlike other regularly rainy, Pacific Northwest Cities, this sunny spot in Washington is situated in a way that gives it a frequently pleasant climate.

Spokane is located between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, which shields it from stormy weather patterns and precipitation. With plenty to do in and around the city — rafting along the Spokane River, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, fishing, and snowsports during the winter — you might just need a vacation from your vacation in this active destination.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington, way back in 2012. So dispensaries are plentiful, in and around the city.

For a quick escape from city life, Lake Spokane Campground is located 30-miles away. Spend some time enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer near the lake including boating, tubing, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. The park is pet-friendly, so you can bring your fur-children along to camp.

7. Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor is a popular destination throughout the year for its proximity to Acadia National Park and the rocky coastline of Maine. There are so many ways to enjoy this natural playground, such as bicycling, rock climbing, and hiking. For water junkies, there’s also sailing, kayaking, and plenty of water sports in nearby lakes or on the coastline.

Maine officially legalized recreational marijuana in 2016 and became one of the first East Coast states to do so.

Blackwoods Campground is a short 6-mile drive from Bar Harbor. It’s located inside of the gorgeous Acadia National Park, and all campsites are within a 10-minute walk of the ocean. There is no better place to enjoy the stillness of the forest and the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. (But remember, the only green you should be embracing in a national park is nature!)

8. Burlington, Vermont

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This progressive spot in Vermont became the first city in the United States to run completely on renewable energy in 2015– a true testament to its appreciation for all that Mother Nature has to offer. Just this year, Vermont became the first state to legalize cannabis by way of state legislature.

Burlington sits on the banks of Lake Champlain, which is a hub for outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and boating, as well as snowshoeing, ice climbing, and skiing during the winter. It’s an ideal place to begin an adventure into wilderness, or perhaps even across the border into Canada, which is just 45 miles away.

With North Beach Campground just a little over 2 miles from Burlington, you could even walk to the sites if you wanted an extra workout. This park has a thick forest next to the beachy expanse of Lake Champlain.

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