7 of the Best United States Cannabis Vacation Destinations

If you’re a fan of recreational cannabis –– or if you’re interested in trying it –– there’s never been a better time than the present! As of 2018, recreational use of cannabis is legal in nine states; including Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington DC. That has created an entire industry around cannabis vacations; with various cities and towns taking advantage of the relatively recent legalization of pot. Today, you can explore some of the most dynamic and exciting parts of the United States and enjoy cannabis at the same time. We’ve put together a list of seven of the best United States cannabis vacation destinations; so you can discover the top spots in the country for a marijuana-laced vacation!

Best United States Cannabis Vacation Destinations

1. Los Angeles, California

Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles Skyline,Best United States Cannabis Vacation Destinations
Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles Skyline from Wikimedia: Adoramassey CC BY-NC 2.0

Celebrities, sun, sports, surfing, and some really great food… Los Angeles has it all. In 1996, California became the first state to make medical marijuana legal. And now, since January 1st 2018, recreational cannabis use is legal, too.

If you do find yourself in La La Land, you can take advantage of Los Angeles weed delivery services and high quality cannabis products, including flower, edibles and extracts.

Los Angeles has just about everything a cannabis tourist could hope to find. You can enjoy the beaches of Malibu, outdoor shopping at The Grove, catch a movie at the famous Arclight in Hollywood, or hike in Topanga Canyon. With so many options, you can have several of the best marijuana vacation experiences in a single trip.

2. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle’s Tall Trees from Flickr: Bob Harper CC BY-NC 2.0

Washington State has a rugged, gorgeous coastline and a world-famous timberland speckled skyline with log cabins, cozy bed & breakfasts –– and as of 2012, plenty of recreational marijuana dispensaries –– making Seattle an ideal location for a fantastic marijuana vacation.

Seattle has great cannabis, plenty of fantastic food options, and, of course, a renowned coffee scene (Seattle is the home of Starbucks, after all). If you’re traveling to the Emerald City in the summer, make sure to catch Hempfest. At Hempfest, activists, vendors and supporters gather to celebrate all things cannabis. It’s a great opportunity to learn about cannabis news and plan a visit to the next top cannabis vacation spot on your list.

3. Portland, Oregon

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Twilight in Portland, Oregon

It turns out the slogan ‘Keep Portland Weird’ has been working. The City of Roses boasts a unique culture that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the country. Live music, food carts, and a bustling beer scene make this city a must-visit; but the proliferation of high-end dispensaries is yet another reason Portland is one of the top cannabis vacation spots.

Stop by one of Portland, Oregon’s many dispensaries, then head over to Voodoo Donuts for some of the most amazing donut creations you’ve ever had. Portland also has a world-famous Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and zoo. And if that doesn’t keep you busy enough; you can always walk along the Willamette River or explore the bars and shops in the Pearl District.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston harbor,Best United States Cannabis Vacation Destinations
Boston’s beautiful harbor

Sales of recreational cannabis begin in July of 2018, which essentially guarantees that Boston will soon become a top cannabis vacation spot in the United States. Summer is a great time to explore this city; which has tons of history, plenty of colleges, and one of the most celebrated baseball stadiums in the country. There’s also Cape Cod nearby and islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, which have been popular vacation destinations for presidents and celebrities for years.

If you’re visiting Massachusetts, keep in mind that public consumption isn’t legal; so you’ll need to enjoy your cannabis indoors until things change on the legal front.

5. Bar Harbor, Maine

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Amongst the best towns where recreational cannabis is legal, Bar Harbor is relatively new on the list; but it’s not hard to see why it makes the cut. If you like sailing, natural beauty and walks in the wilderness, nothing compares to Maine. Bar Harbor is particularly beautiful in the fall; when the changing leaves provide brilliant colors and textures for nature lovers to enjoy. You can go on a whale watching expedition or head to nearby Acadia National Park for some incredible hikes with sweeping views of the sea.

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Lights at night in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is all about spectacle. The city has always been famous for its dazzling casinos and Elvis impersonators; but these days Vegas also boasts world-class cuisine and top-notch entertainment. With Nevada’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis; you can find a dispensary near your hotel to stock up on cannabis products, from pre-rolls to edibles, and enjoy strolling The Strip.

7. Orange County, California

Disneyland on Harbor Blvd (1974) Photo courtesy Orange County Archives
Disneyland on Harbor Blvd (1974) Photo courtesy Orange County Archives  by Werner Weiss, from the Werner Weiss CollectionCC BY-NC 2.0

With year-round warm weather, miles of beaches and friendly people all around; it’s a no brainer that Orange County would make the list of the top cannabis vacation spots. When you’re vacationing in the OC, make sure to check out Disneyland, a great place to explore after you’ve enjoyed some cannabis. And while you’re in sunny Orange County, you can drive along the coast up PCH and check out Long Beach, home to great surfing, cool restaurants, and the most talked about smoking subscription box company! It’s two great marijuana vacations for the price of one!

About Constante Quirino

Constante is a freelance writer and content strategist who has worked with a number of emerging companies as well as up-and-coming designers. A passionate yogi for several years, he is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles.

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