In honor of our culture’s biggest holiday, we have compiled a list of ten dreamy destinations that aren’t totally out of reach:
Horseshoe Bend – Page, Arizona
Located just north of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend is a stunning hairpin turn in the Colorado River that was formed over millions of years through steady erosion. A variety of tour companies offer water, land, and aerial tours of the iconic destination. Horseshoe Bend is a world class photo opportunity as well as a magnificent place to quietly contemplate the grand scale of time and how we each choose to spend the limited amount we have. One of the great rewards of travel is the change of perspective a destination can impart on the traveler, and standing atop this dramatic landform is akin to staring down into millions of years of history.
Yosemite National Park – California
Located in the pristine Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park is a top destination for the planet, not just California. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984, over 3.7 million people visit the 747,956-acre park each year to enjoy its stunning waterfalls, tranquil valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and vast wilderness. With countless outdoor activities available, most visitors come for hiking and camping, rock climbing, biking, mule and horseback riding, rafting and water sports, ice skating and even golfing. If it’s a life-changing outdoor adventure you want to experience on the High Holiday, Yosemite National Park is the only place you need to visit.
De Dampkring – Amsterdam, Holland
While there’s certainly no shortage of Coffeeshops worth visiting in Amsterdam, the Original Dampkring has a reputation for being extremely high on every traveler’s list. The eclectic atmosphere that’s reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and Frodo’s Hobbit Hole only scratches the surface of what makes this establishment such a popular destination. Famous fresh fruit milkshakes, sweet and salty snacks, and an extensive cannabis menu keep the locals and the tourists coming back. American cannabis connoisseurs should be prepared to take a lesson or two from the hometown crowd who will quietly smoke cone after cone of potent cannabis and hash like it’s their civic duty.
Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica
Pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear water are the natural embodiment of peace and tranquility. The birthplace of good vibes, indigenous sativa strains flourish in Jamaica’s warm and inviting climate. Consistently rated one of the top beach destinations on the planet, this stretch of sand has everything the traveling cannabis enthusiast dreams about: friendly faces, cool drinks, cheap food, and, of course, access to Heath Ministry permits allowing qualified foreigners to purchase up to 2 ounces of Jamaican weed for medical or therapeutic purposes during their highly enjoyable stay.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor park with indoor art exhibits and summer concerts. Massive and beautiful, the living gardens change with the seasons to ensure a new experience with each visit. A world of tranquility is growing in the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, which features an authentic teahouse, waterfalls and an enormous steel and copper Buddha head poking out of the soil. The stunning 30-acre outdoor sculpture garden features 170 sculptures by world-famous artists, like the massive 24-foot bronze sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, entitled The American Horse by Nina Akamu. Seasonal outdoor exhibits include the Tropical Conservatory, Victorian Garden, Woodland Shade Garden and the almost perilous Carnivorous Plant House. Pairing world-class sculptures with awe-inspiring gardens, Meijer Gardens is a masterful blend of natural beauty and artistic accomplishment.
Valley of Fire – Moapa Valley, Nevada
Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Valley of Fire State Park is a red sandstone masterpiece shaped by erosion over thousands of years. Today’s stunning natural attractions were once home to prehistoric Native American civilizations like the Anasazi People, who utilized hemp in their daily lives. A breathtaking destination for day trips, hiking, and camping, Valley of Fire is the ideal location for a small group of friends to escape the Vegas city lights and reconnect with their spiritual identities under the immaculate radiance of the countless stars above.
Central Park – New York, New York
No trip to Manhattan is complete without some time in Central Park. Initially opened in 1857, this massive park covers 843 acres and boasts nearly 40 unique attractions and features. A hidden gem in the heart of the city, Shakespeare’s Garden is a centrally located four-acre conservatory featuring flowers and plants mentioned in his poems and plays. Tobacco pipes found in Shakespeare’s property have tested positive for cannabis residue, making this spectacular garden a must see for any high-minded humanities enthusiasts. Named after the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre living memorial to world-famous singer, songwriter, peace activist and cannabis enthusiast John Lennon. This memorial is a wonderful place to peacefully reflect on the inspiration cannabis has provided to some of our most prolific artists.
Rogue River – Oregon
The Rogue River is Oregon’s pride and joy, a 215-mile aquatic playground known for its exciting whitewater rafting and its endless supply of exceptionally chill swimming holes. While consuming cannabis in public is a big no-no throughout the state, adults 21 and above may lawfully possess up to one ounce of cannabis in public. With some of the lowest prices in the country, that high-grade Oregon ounce won’t cost an arm and a leg. Any qualified recreational cannabis enthusiast who takes the time to venture into the Rogue River’s scenic tranquility can be sure they will return home with a true Oregon experience.
Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle, Washington
If you possess even the slightest appreciation for the artistry that goes into making glass pieces, you will be utterly blown away by the glass sculpting work of Dale Chihuly, whose work has been included in over 200 museum collections worldwide. The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit is a spectacular visual display of color and artistry that’s particularly astonishing in the evening hours. Opened in 2012, this conservatory features eight galleries and three drawing walls, demonstrating Chihuly’s undeniable influence on glass as an art medium. The pinnacle of his work is the Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of naturally lit space, housing a spectacular 100-foot long sculpture in a myriad of reds, yellows, oranges, and shades of amber.
Cannabis Social Clubs – Barcelona, Spain
Vastly different from Amsterdam weed culture, Barcelona’s Cannabis Social Club scene is truly unlike anything else in the world. Entry to each club is limited to private members, and new members may only join via sponsorship. A true collective atmosphere, people never “buy weed,” they instead pay their fair share of what’s grown for the whole group as well as contribute to each club’s numerous amenities and expenses. Privatization’s plus side is fairly obvious in Barcelona, where clubs resemble the type of chic establishments we see in television and film when a wealthy villain visits an uber-exclusive underground speakeasy in a major city. A wholly different cannabis experience, Barcelona’s Clubs are, how you say, magnífico.
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