The Top 25 Marijuana Destinations in the World

The Top 25 Marijuana Destinations in the World

 

We’re sharing with you what cannabis enthusiasts with a travel bug have long known – the following cities are the top marijuana destinations in the world, listed in alphabetical order.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Why Go:

Amsterdam is known worldwide as an open-minded, fun-loving city with tons of art and history. Of course, it’s also known as one of the top – if not the top – marijuana destinations in the world. Tourists can purchase and enjoy local strains, edibles, and hash at cannabis cafes around the city. Weed is plentiful, affordable, and acceptable in Amsterdam.

Legality:

“Soft drugs” are legal for personal use in the Netherlands, and these include cannabis in all its forms (weed, hash, oils, etc.) and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The quantities of marijuana you can buy and possess are strictly limited at 5 grams maximum, which should be more than enough to hold you over until the next cannabis cafe.

Smoking in public is generally acceptable as long as its not by a school and not obnoxious to others. Though illegal, it typically will not be prosecuted.

The Netherlands actually passed a law restricting drug sales only to citizens, but made it up to local municipalities to choose to enforce them. Because of the hefty tourist dollars powering its economy, Amsterdam chooses not to enforce the rule, but other cities may.

Learn more about Amsterdam’s rules and regulations concerning soft drugs.

What to See and What to Do:

Every year thousands of cannabis enthusiasts from around the world flock to the annual High Times Cannabis Cup in mid-November.

Besides the cannabis cafes, be sure to get cultured by checking out one of Amsterdam’s many museums, including the Rijksmuseum (home to pieces by Dutch artists including Rembrandt), the Van Gogh Museum (dedicated to impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh), and the famed Anne Frank House. Or cruises Amsterdam’s many canals and take in the architecture.

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Barcelona, Spain

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Why Go:

Barcelona is one of the art and architecture capitals of the world, and not surprisingly, is on everyone’s short list of best marijuana destinations. Visitors enjoy lounging on the beach, seeing stunning buildings and parks designed by world famous architects (especially local hero Gaudi), one of the best soccer teams in the world (FC Barca), and the plentiful local greens – Barcelona and the surrounding regions are home to many major cannabis seed breeders.

Legality:

Spain has strict laws regarding personal privacy, and so it is legal to possess up to a whopping 40 grams of marijuana and grow up to two plants on your own property.

Under that law, people may also band together and create non-profit cannabis co-ops, which is a reason why private cannabis clubs have exploded around Barcelona. Visitors can sign up online or by the phone (and sometimes they accept walk-ups), pay a fee (usually around 30 Euros) and then have access to a variety of strains and other products.

Smoking is public is generally acceptable as long as its not a nuisance or overly conspicuous. There have been reports that police are more likely to ticket tourists, as there has been a crackdown throughout the region on selling to tourists.

What to See and What to Do:

Surrealist architect Antoni Gaudi left his indelible mark around the city, so after hitting a cannabis club, be sure to take a stroll through Park Guell, unlike any public park you’ve ever visited, and La Sagrada Familia, a still-unfinished church that looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

For relaxation, lounge on the beach or take a walk down the waterfront, much of it revamped for the 1992 Olympic Games. To party like a local, enjoy the festivities for a FC Barcelona soccer game, or hit one of the city’s numerous clubs and enjoy some of the world-famous Spanishnightlife that won’t be ending until past sunrise.

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The Bay Area, California, USA

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Why Go:

San Francisco, Oakland (affectionately dubbed “Smokeland”), and Berkeley, California were at the forefront of the counterculture movement in the United States and have long been sites of heavy legalization activism – and some of the best bud around.

Fiercely progressive values, free-spirited and friendly locals, easy public transportation, and a multitude of attractions and activities makes the Bay Area a definite 420 friendly destination.

Legality:

Medical marijuana is legal in California, and the MMJ scene is particularly thriving in the Bay Area. In north Oakland, the so-called Oaksterdam is the Bay’s mecca to MMJ.

For recreational tourists though, while weed is illegal, it’s not hard to find and police will more often than not turn a blind eye to discrete personal use. Walking through Golden Gate Park or downtown Berkeley, it’s not unusual to smell a little mary jane wafting through the air, and stores selling glassware and other paraphernalia are prevalent throughout the Bay.

What to See and What to Do:

See where the hippie movement and counterculture started in San Francisco on Haight Street -once funky, now a lot trendier, but still worth a stop (especially Amoeba Music, the huge record store). Haight Street leads to Golden Gate Park, one of the largest public parks in the country. While in San Francisco, it’s worth checking out Fisherman’s Wharf, the famed and now defunct Alcatraz Prison, and the unique townhouses lining city streets (think Full House – and you can see that house too).

The whole Bay is a giant party during Gay Pride weekend, drawing up to a million tourists forthe annual event, with San Francisco as its epicenter. Downtown Berkeley still maintains its free-spirited vibe, and it’s worth a stroll around UC-Berkeley’s beautiful campus. In Oakland, visit Oaksterdam if you’ve got a medical card, and for what local consider the true Oakland experience, tailgate a Raiders football game.

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Berlin, Germany

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Why Go:

Berlin is one of Europe’s bustling cosmopolitan cities, a hub for commerce and travel throughout the continent, and host to tons of art, history, and architecture.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city has also become one of the more freewheeling cities in Europe, home to artists, anarchists, musicians, and stoners. Personal possession of marijuana is legal, and efforts are being made to legalize and regulate its retail sale within the city.

Legality:

In Germany, cities set their own limits as to how much weed a person can possess, and in Berlin, the limit is set at 15 grams.

Here’s where things get fuzzy: it is legal to possess cannabis, but illegal to buy and sell it, and there’s a grey area as to the legality of actually consuming it. Still, police would rather turn a blind eye to small sales and personal use than fill out the necessary paperwork, so marijuana is fine as long as you don’t “act like a moron and light up a joint right next to a patrol officer.”

It’s a well known fact that local dealers inhabit Gorlitzer Park (and are quite pushy about it), one reason some politicians are pushing to create cannabis coffee shops similar to those in nearby Amsterdam [link].

What to See and What to Do:

Many travelers arrive by train and immediately get to take in the marvelous Berlin Central Station. The iconic Berlin Television Tower and Berlin Cathedral are must-sees (and dense with tourists), as is the Brandenburg Gate, the last remaining city gate to separate East and West Berlin.

The nightlife is happening in Berlin, as locals love their clubs and house music, but also have a thriving metal scene (and other genres). You can find those famed German beers around town, but most locals at bars will be sticking to Beck’s. Berlin is also home to excellent street art and graffiti, so be on the lookout for pieces on buildings and walls.

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Brussels, Belgium

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Why Go:

Brussels is nicknamed “the European Village” – with just over a million people and a much cheaper cost of living than other European metropolitans, but just as much culture and art as the others, Brussels is kind of the plucky younger sibling to London and Paris.

Tourists come far and wide for the museums and food, which offer the perfect munchies for cannabis users: chocolates, waffles, pommes frites (french fries, served with mayonnaise for dipping), and Belgian beer to wash it all down.

Legality:

Adults 18 and over are allowed to possess up to 5 grams of weed. Importation of small amounts is actually legal, so you may find marijuana from nearby Holland, but exportation is strictly not allowed.

The Belgians take a lax approach to marijuana, so you may find people smoking in the street and dealers selling weed or hash more or less openly (which is pretty common in most major European cities). Other tourists have said that bars are a great place to look for ganja in Brussels.

What to See and What to Do:

Beer and food (especially sweets) is big in Brussels, but there’s also a lot of culture to take in. There’s some 90 museums, including museums dedicated to Belgian brewers, musical instruments, old cars, toys, and comics (Tintin is a Belgian export).

For shoppers, there’s upscale options on the Boulevard de Waterloo and Rue Antoine Dansaert, but anyone seeing where the locals go will want to head over to the Sunday markets (and definitely get some fresh, artisan crafted cheese).

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Burlington, Vermont, USA

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Why Go:

One of the smallest destination on our list, Burlington still packs a host of charm and activities, and is the premiere 420 destination in New England. Two major stoner icons have connections to Burlington: jam band Phish, who formed at the University of Vermont and played locally for years; and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is still headquartered in Burlington.

Aside from that, visitors will enjoy winter sports including great skiing and snowboarding, and hikes during the summer or water sports at nearby Lake Champlain.

Legality:

Medical marijuana is legal in Vermont and there are several MMJ dispensaries in Burlington. As for recreational weed, it is illegal and possession of up to 2 ounces carries up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

That said, enforcement is lax – particularly in Burlington, a very liberal college town with a hippie-ish vibe. As long as discretion is practiced, amounts are reasonable, and it’s for personal use, there should be no problem. Weed is fairly easy to come by, especially on UVM campus, but the college is trying to clean up its image and so has been cracking down on marijuana use and sale the past few years.

Recreational weed might not be underground for too much longer – the state of Vermont is looking into legalizing it.

What to See and What to Do:

Definitely make the half-hour drive to the Ben & Jerry’s factory and take the 30 minute walking tour. While there, enjoy samples of Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, or Half-Baked (while fully baked). For other day trips, Lake Champlain and several ski resorts are all nearby.

Back in Burlington, some of the best glassblowers in the country have set up shop and it’s worth your while to see them in action and peruse their wares. Otherwise, sample the goods wineries, breweries, chocolate manufacturers, and cheesemakers.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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Why Go:

To put it simply, Copenhagen is one of the coolest cities in Europe – a leader in cutting edge art, fashion, restaurants, and politics (it’s considered the most gay friendly city in the world).

So far, that forward-thinkingness hasn’t translated to cannabis, which is illegal in Denmark, but that’s no problem because within Copenhagen is a marijuana haven. Christiania is a hippy commune that has declared itself a sovereign nation, and the Dutch government has respected that. Within Christiania is a “Green Light District” that serves the best bud in Nordic Europe.

Legality:

As mentioned above, marijuana is illegal in Denmark, though the Mayor of Copenhagen has expressed interest in seeing it legalized in his city. Marijuana consumption is a low priority offense, so if discretion is taken with personal use, there should be no problem with the police.

Within Christiania is a different story altogether. In the Green Light District, an open air weed market, visitors can purchase a variety of strains (and up to several pounds of it, if that’s what you want) and consume pot, edibles, and hash in nearby cafes.

What to See and What to Do:

After making a stop in Christiania and seeing all this tiny nation has to offer (which is a lot more than just pot), Copenhagen has an almost overwhelming array of activities.

World class restaurants abound, and the Danish in particular are known for their seafood and pastries. For art museums, the Danish National Gallery in central Copenhagen is a popularstop, but growing in standing amongst critics is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, just north of the city and showing some of the most interesting modern art in the world.

There’s no shortage of sightseeing, food and drink, nightlife, or Green Light District weekend, so plan to stay a while in Copenhagen.

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Cusco, Peru

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Why Go:

Cusco is a gateway to city to some of the most awe-inspiring attractions South America has to offer. The ancient mountain city of Machu Pichu, world famous Lake Titi Caca, and the Amazon forest are all within reach from the city.

As we explain below, small amounts of marijuana are decriminalized in Peru, and Cusco is located near the Andean growing region, so good weed is to be found in the city.

Legality:

Possession of up to 8 grams of marijuana is decriminalized as long as you’re not found in possession of another drug.

That said, it’s not a bad idea to keep some bribe money handy. Police shake down tourists, especially for American dollars, and that cab driver who just drove you to his dealer may turn you in for a small kickback.

As with anywhere, be careful who you deal with and be discrete. Hostels, which may have fellow tourists in the know, are good places to start your search.

What to See and What to Do:

Obviously, Machu Pichu is a must-see and the main reason to come to Cusco (and get a hold of some decriminalized weed). The ancient Inca ruins high in the Andes Mountains are one of the world’s wonders.

Aside from that, tours to the Amazon and other natural wonders are easy to come across. Often lost in the shadow of Machu Pichu are the Sacsayhuaman ruins, which offer a gorgeous view of the city.

In Cusco, the Cathedral is worth a visit, as is the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), another Inca monument, and the nearby Plaza de Armas.

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New Delhi, India

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Why Go:

Make the pilgrimage to what scholars consider the birthplace of cannabis – or at least the first place it’s mentioned in texts (dating to 2000 BC) – northern India, specifically its biggest city, New Delhi, India’s capital city.

Cannabis grows wild in many parts of northern India and is one of the 5 sacred plants in Hindu culture. It’s used most conspicuously during the best time to visit New Delhi – the spring festival of Holi, where locals drink bhang lassi, a cannabis beverage.

Legality:

Marijuana is illegal in India – to sell, consume, or transport. Penalties vary but expect something in the ballpark of a maximum 6 month jail fine and a 10,000 rupee (about $160) fine for small quantities.

That said, cannabis is extremely common and easy to find. Someone – your cabby, your tour guide, the guy at your hotel’s front desk – knows where to find some. Just be aware that, like in many countries, some overly-helpful parties may be doing so to get kickbacks from local police, who will accept (and expect) a bribe to get you out of trouble.

During Holi, bhang lassi is flowing for locals and travelers alike, and there is no problem there.

For more helpful advice on weed in India, see these tips from a knowledgeable traveler.

What to See and What to Do:

So yeah, Holi – the Hindu festival usually falls in March and takes over the north. Known as the festival of colors, revelers throw colored water, dyes, or paint at each, drink bhang lassi, and celebrate all day. It’s much more festive in the north than the south, where it’s a more somber holiday.

But there’s plenty to do in New Delhi year-round. Of course there’s the nearby Taj Mahal, one of the world’s wonders, but also numerous temples and palaces. The cuisine is exquisite, the skyline beautiful, and the city itself bursting with people, bustle, and activity.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

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Why Go:

Denver has always been a 420 friendly destination, but now, it’s the friendliest destination for cannabis enthusiasts in the United States – and maybe the world, rivaling Amsterdam.

After having medical marijuana since 2000, Coloradans legalized recreational weed in 2012, with the first store opening to adults 21 and over in 2014 (learn more about the history of legalization in Colorado). Since then, the marijuana tourism industry has boomed, with tours, hotels, and more capitalizing on the so-called “Green Rush.”

Your whole trip doesn’t have to revolve around weed, though – there’s plenty of culture and activities to experience in Denver and the surrounding areas, including some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Legality:

Recreational use for adults 21 and over is legal in Colorado. In Denver, locals and visitors alike can visit retail stores and purchase up to an ounce of weed and edibles.

Smoking is not allowed in public, and police are giving out tickets for law-breakers – but that’s it. Due to Colorado’s Clean Air Act, most hotels don’t allow smoking of any time and it’s murky whether cannabis clubs can exist under the law. That said, there are many 420 friendly lodging options for smokers.

To learn more about the rules for legal weed in Denver, see our Guide to Colorado Marijuana Laws.

What to See and What to Do:

If you’re there for the weed, there’s lots to do just around that – tours are ready and waiting to whisk you around town to dispensaries, grow facilities, cooking classes, ganjapreneur forums, or most anything else cannabis-related.

In the Mile High City of Denver, check out the many museums and art galleries, especially on the First Friday Art Walk (where many attractions will be free or reduced in price and may offer free wine and hors d’oeuvres). The Denver Zoo is a great place to pass an afternoon, or just stroll through the city’s historic neighborhoods. The world famous Coors Brewery is also another popular stop for out-of-towners.

At the base of the Rockies, Denver is just a day trip away from Aspen and Vail, two premiere ski resorts, and a short drive from Boulder, home to the University of Colorado and one of the biggest 420 celebrations in the country.

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Humboldt County, California, USA

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Why Go:

Humboldt County has long been considered the source of some of the best bud in the U.S., and home to one of the country’s largest weed industries (here’s a fascinating article about how that happened). Travelers come from far and wide to work the annual harvest, or just hang out during it.

The County’s most awe-inspiring attraction, though, is Redwood National Park, home to the massive, majestic trees that are its namesake. Camping and hiking among the Redwoods is a must-do experience and is one of the best settings in the world to enjoy cannabis – especially that famed Humboldt sativa.

Laws and Penalties:

Marijuana is illegal in California, except for medical marijuana, which is available by doctor’s prescription to eligible patients.

In Humboldt County, cannabis is an integral part of the local economy (one reason some residents are against legalization). The police know this and have an awkward relationship with marijuana, to say the least, but for a tourist, as long as you’re inconspicuous with your purchasing for personal use and personal consumption there should be no problem.

For out-of-towners, it helps a lot to have a local connection into the tight-knit pot scene. But once you do, you’ll have immediate access to some of the best pot in the world, and some of the friendliest growers you’ll ever meet.

What to See and What to Do:

Weed is still illegal in Humboldt County, so don’t expect grow facility tours or anything of the sort. If you’re a card-carrying MMJ patient you can visit dispensaries and enjoy a variety of excellent strains and edibles.

There’s not too much going on in the major towns, which include Eureka, Arcata, and Fortuna, so make your way to Redwood National Park for hiking, camping, and riverside relaxation. The Redwoods are truly one of the United States’ most impressive natural wonders.

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Ibiza, Spain

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Why Go:

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, to the southeast of Spain’s Costa del Sol, the island of Ibiza is lined with mile upon mile of picturesque beaches and boasts gorgeous weather year-round. It’s where celebrities worldwide come to see and be seen – and to party.

Ibiza is known as the electronic music capital of the world and regularly features famous DJs at its equally famous clubs. It’s okay in Spain to possess up to 40 grams of weed for personal use, and it’s common to smell marijuana or hash in the air on the beaches or at the night clubs.

Enjoy some sativa to get the night going, and a little indica to help with your hangover the next morning.

Legality:

In Spain, it is legal to possess up to 40 grams of cannabis for personal use and to grow your own plants. Spain has a reputation as one of the more weed-friendly countries in the world, and in a free-wheeling place like Ibiza, ganja is easy to find and frequently used out in the open.

What to See and What to Do:

Ibiza’s beaches are breathtaking and a great place to unwind (or tan away a hangover). Have some fun on the water and go sailing, take a harbor tour, or try your hand at wind-surfing.

The Spanish come alive at night, and Ibiza takes this to an extreme. Enjoy a late dinner of tapas (no one eats before 10) before heading to any of Ibiza’s world famous clubs, including Pacha, Space, and Ibiza Rocks.

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Kingston, Jamaica

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Why Go:

The capital of tropical island Jamaica, Kingston and its beach resorts are a popular tourist destination. Part bustling city, part exotic jungle, with a deep colonial history, Kingston has something to offer everyone.

For the cannabis enthusiast, it has ganja, and it is the birthplace of reggae legend (and cannabis activist) Bob Marley. Any serious smoker should one day make the pilgrimage to the Bob Marley Museum.

Legality:

Though certainly having a reputation as a ganja friendly locale, marijuana has long been illegal to possess, consume, and sell in Jamaica – until just recently, when the government decriminalized marijuana in the footsteps of similar efforts in the United States. Possession of two ounces or less is a petty offense and marijuana is decriminalized for religious rituals by the island’s rastafarians.

Even before decriminalization, Kingston has an extensive marijuana tourism industry. Guides will take tourists to cannabis farms and connects to strains like purple kush and pineapple skunk. Marijuana is often sold openly at popular tourist destinations, including hotels, but it’s advised not to smoke in public.

What to See and What to Do:

Get a tan at one of Kingston’s many resort beaches, but be sure to explore the city and see landmarks and architecture from colonial times, as well as the Bob Marley Museum, a must- visit to Jamaica’s favorite son. Also, enjoy Caribbean food and sample some jerked chicken at a roadside barbeque.

Have an adventure and take a quick guided day tour out to a variety of outdoor activities in lush, green jungle. Horseback riding, zip lines, river tubing, and all sorts of other activities await.

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Why Go:

The westernmost large city in Europe, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and its largest city.

Lisbon seems to get overlooked when it comes to European travel destinations, but it’s got everything its more visited counterparts do and more: beaches, sun, great food, castles, amazing art, decriminalized marijuana.

Laws and Penalties:

Portugal is one of the most forward-thinking countries in the world when it comes to marijuana. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs (and are still pleased with the decision), placing possession of even hard drugs on par with getting a parking ticket and treating drugs as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Though decriminalized, drugs including cannabis are not legal. If caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana or 5 grams or less of hashish, offenders have to visit a warning commission on drug addiction and not be caught again within three months; amounts over that limit are considered dealing and go to court.

For tourists, this means to be discrete about your consumption – no smoking in public, and don’t flaunt your stash. There are no cannabis cafes or stores to buy from, but street dealers are plentiful (and pushy). You’ll more often than not find hash instead of leaves.

What to See and What to Do:

Stroll through Lisbon’s centuries-old cobblestone streets to find something for everyone. The Gulbenkian Foundation is Lisbon’s most famous museum, featuring Western and Oriental art, and the Museu de Arte Antiga is a 17th-century mansion turned art museum boasting 500 years of Portuguese art history.

Lisbon’s unique cuisine centers around seafood and pastries. Pasteis de nata are egg tarts, while bacalhau is dried cod; both are Portuguese culinary staples. Lisbon’s nightlife is also said to rival that of any European city. Locals visit the more than 250 bars lining the streets of Bairro Alto before partying at Lux or other clubs in Santa Apolonia.

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Montevideo, Uruguay

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Why Go:

Montevideo is the largest city in tiny Uruguay, a South American country of 3 million (with over a third of that in Montevideo) that is among the world’s most progressive countries. In the past few years Uruguay has legalized gay marriage, abortion, and marijuana – though with some caveats for tourists (see below).

Montevideo offers plenty for tourists, from its beaches to its beloved futbol to the annual Montevideo Carnival, a huge celebration that takes place in December.

Legality:

Uruguay is the first country in the world to legalize pot’s sale and production – and the government did it all on their own; legalization was never put to a vote. Adults can buy marijuana at pharmacies for as cheap as $1 a gram (in an effort to bring buyers to the legal market).

Sales are highly regulated, and one highly regulated aspect is that weed is only for citizens – tourists can’t legally buy bud in Uruguay. The government doesn’t want to create a hub for pot tourism. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t get it, and the penalties for illegal possession are light (about $2-87 in US dollars).

What to See and What to Do:

The weather is good and the water is fine in Montevideo year-round, so head to the “rambla” (promenade) and take a stroll along the coast.

Locals spend a lot of time hanging out and sipping coffee at the cafes that can be found most everywhere in the city, so follow their lead and be sure to grab a table outside (there should be plenty). The cafes, restaurants, and even street carts in the neighborhood of Pocitos offer the best eats in town.

Montevideo is a great place to catch tango, and claims to be one of the birthplaces of the dance along with Buenos Aires, Argentina. What locals love more than tango is soccer, and if the national team is playing, expect serious celebrating after a win.

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New York, New York, USA

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Why Go:

The Big Apple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, a sprawling, bustling metropolis with almost too much to see and do. The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Central Park are all iconic attractions, but the city has so much more to offer outside of that, including world-class music, art, and eats for any interest (and budget).

For cannabis users, the city’s intricate and oft-used network of delivery services offers some of the best buds and most variety of anywhere in the world.

Legality:

Marijuana is illegal in the state of New York and within the city, but the laws are some of the friendliest in the non-legalized states. Personal possession of under 25 grams is a violation of the law but not a criminal offense, so you’ll most likely be written a $100-200 ticket and be sent on your way.

Penalties for public consumption are much stiffer (a misdemeanor with up to 90 days in jail), so don’t do it.

The best way to get weed (and really good ganja at that) is through the many delivery services that will bring a variety of strains to your door. However, most services won’t delivery unless you’ve had a referral through a previous customer. Be aware that services have a minimum purchase of an eighth, which will run $50-60 – yes West Coasters, the prices are higher back East.

If you don’t have a referral, you can try your luck on Craigslist (some travelers have reported having great luck there) or on the street, but be aware that those transactions can be sketchy and less than fruitful.

What to See and What to Do:

Of course there are the must-sees – the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Times Square.

For the Statue of Liberty, skip the official tours and take the Staten Island Ferry (it goes right past it, it’s free, and a lot less crowded).

There’s a lot to see and do in New York’s five boroughs. Hop over to Brooklyn for the up-and-coming scene of restaurants, bars, and concerts, or head way north to Little Italy in the Bronx for some of the best pasta and cannelloni this side of the Mediterranean.

To get around the city, try the famous New York MTA or rent a bike through Citi Bike to see NYC from above ground.

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Nimbin, Australia

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Why Go:

The tiny hippie enclave of Nimbin is actually located in one of the few states that hasn’t decriminalized marijuana, but that doesn’t stop it from being the 420-friendliest destination on the continent.

Weed is openly sold and consumed in the funky, quirky village, especially during its annual MardiGrass festival. Nimbin is also a gateway to the Outback, as it is a short drive from Border Ranges National Park.

Legality:

Nimbin is in the state of New South Wales, which has not decriminalized marijuana, meaning its possession, sale, and consumption is illegal.

That doesn’t really apply to Nimbin, where those laws are completely ignored. Cannabis is openly sold and consumed in public in Nimbin. Police have made efforts to curb this, which has resulted in places that allowed cannabis consumption (like coffee bars and cafes) to close.

As mentioned, weed is sold openly on the street, so tourists should have no problem finding it.

What to See and What to Do:

Nimbin wholeheartedly embraces cannabis all year, but never more so than during its annual MardiGrass festival, which includes events like the Hemp Olympix and Grower’s Iron Person race. Though a celebratory, anything-goes occasion, the festival also advocates for legalization in Australia.

On Main Street, peruse art, crafts, and cafes, and get a tattoo if you feel so inclined. As for sites to visit, the Nimbin Candle Factory is a main attraction, as is Djanbung Gardens, an alternative farm.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Why Go:

Phnom Penh has long been a top stop for backpackers traveling in Asia, and for good reason. Cambodia’s capital city is cheap; a popular place for ex-pats; home to or a short bus ride away from spectacular tourist attractions (including the Royal Palace, pictured above); and it’s one of the few places where cannabis is not only plentiful but it won’t get you thrown in a crowded, disgusting jail cell.

Legality:

Phnom Penh is the lone representative from Asia on our list of Top 25 Marijuana Destinations because, while cannabis is mostly illegal (more on that in a second), it is widely acceptable, available, and penalties for possession or consumption are a slap on the wrist, unlike in most every other Asian country, where possession of even a small amount could land you hard time in seriously unpleasant jails.

In Cambodia, cannabis is semi-legal – citizens are allowed to grow plants, mostly for cooking, as the herb is used in Khmer cuisine. For tourists, who will find themselves inundated with offers to purchase drugs of all sorts in the streets, possession is legal but is hardly ever prosecuted.Usually a small bribe and/or possibly a fine is all that happens.

On the street, marijuana is widely available, and just a few dollars will net quite a bit of pot. Westerners will find the quality to be lesser than what they’re used to.

What to See and What to Do:

As mentioned, cannabis is used in traditional Khmer cooking, but savvy Cambodian ganjapreneurs have opened up “happy pizza” restaurants to cater mostly to Western tourists. Happy pizza is – you guessed it – pizza garnished with weed. Other more upscale restaurants may also offer culinary cannabis on the menu.

After a couple slices of happy pizza, there’s plenty to see in Phnom Penh. The city features many structures and monuments from the Khmer Empire that ruled the area in the 1300s, including the Royal Palace of Cambodia. Wat Phnom is the city’s namesake monument and is a sacred shrine dedicated to Buddha.

Phnom Penh also has lots of shopping: the Night Market near the riverside features bargains, music, and entertainment; Phsar Thmey (Central Market) is also an interesting colonial landmark from 1937; and Phsar Toul Tum Poung (the so-called Russian Market) is a great place to find antiques and reproductions.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

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Why Go:

The Rose City is famously quirky – a haven for hippies, hipsters, and everything in between – and Portlanders like it that way, as seen on many signs and bumper stickers demanding to“Keep Portland Weird.”

But Portland offers great shopping, excellent food for every budget, and great sightseeing, from walks across its many bridges to the public art scattered throughout downtown to some of the most spectacular parks on the West Coast.

Legality:

Recreational marijuana is illegal in the state of Oregon, though Oregonians are voting on legalizing it on the November 2014 ballot (medical marijuana has been legal since 1998).

Whether recreational cannabis is legal or not, Portland is still one of the 420-friendliest cities in the United States. Possession of less than an ounce is a misdemeanor with a maximum $650 fine, but generally, the police aren’t interested in busting people for personal pot use.

Portlanders are a progressive lot and pretty open to its usage. Cruising downtown, there’s a good chance you’ll smell some coming from the street kids who hang out there, and it’s not unusual to see people lighting pipes in public.

What to See and What to Do:

Getting around Portland is easy, with a light rail and bus system that goes most everywhere. Downtown is the city’s hub, where there is shopping at Lloyd Center mall and a taste of Portland’s weird at the Saturday Market. The Pearl District is a revitalized neighborhood with top-notch restaurants and breweries – Portland is also an epicenter for the craft beer movement.

Fans of the TV show Portlandia shouldn’t miss one of several walking tours in downtown. These take fans of the off-beat comedy to the show’s most famous locations, including the inspiration for the feminist bookstore.

Massive Forest Park is a great place to spend an afternoon, wandering trails, taking in views of the city, and smoking where many locals take a toke. On the other end of the spectrum, the nightlife in Portland centers around hipster dive bars and strip clubs (believe it or not, the city has the most per capita in the U.S.).

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Why Go:

The stunning city of Prague is known for its architecture, art museums, and first-class cuisine, but the Czech Republic is also one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to drug law. Weed isn’t legal, but purchase of small amounts is ignored, and tourists can purchase and enjoy cannabis in the city.

For backpackers on a budget or travelers looking for five-star, Prague is a popular and affordable destination in Eastern Europe.

Legality:

While medical cannabis is legal for prescribed patients, possession of “small amounts” of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime comparable to getting a parking ticket. And what qualifies as a small amount? Up to five plants at home and 15 grams on your person.

Prague is one of the most 420 friendly cities in Europe and the friendliest in Eastern Europe. While there aren’t any stores or cafes openly selling cannabis like in Amsterdam, weed is easy to find and good quality. You can even order pot in some bars, or buy off the street through knowledgeable and friendly dealers. Bud is often consumed in public, in and outside of clubs and bars, or just walking down the street. Weed is such a low priority for police that it’s unusual for personal use to draw attention.

What to See and What to Do:

The Prague Castle is the city’s most famous landmark, and a must-see if you’re in town. Made up of palaces, a church, gardens, and more, the huge complex has stood for more than a thousand years.

Along those lines, the architecture in Prague is worth the trip alone. Spanning everything from Gothic cathedrals to ultra-modern Cubist architecture, the city captures the best of most architectural movements of the last millenium.

Prague is a city of bridges. Cross the more than 30 bridges spanning the Vltava river, or take a boat down it. You’ll find cafes on every side, and Prague is known for having good cappuccino and pastries. Prague is also a beer city, with scores of local breweries and pubs, and the clubbing is world-famous.

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Seattle, Washington, USA

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Why Go:

The Emerald City is one of the best travel destinations on the West Coast, a rapidly-growing metropolis that is bursting with culture. Art, music, shopping, sports, outdoors activities – it’s all there and then some, and the weather isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.

In addition, weed is now legal in a city that has long been at the forefront of the legalization movement.

Legality:

In 2012, Washington State legalized recreational pot use for adults 21 and over. Adults can now go to stores around the state and buy weed, edibles, and other products for their personal use.

However, Washington is way behind Colorado in terms of the infrastructure for its legal industry, and is much more rigid in its rules. There’s only a handful of recreational stores in Seattle, and tourists may find themselves in a consumption catch-22: able to buy, but finding it hard to find legal places to smoke. Public consumption is banned (though it’s rare to even get a ticket), but so are private clubs allowing smoking.

Still, it’s typical to see and smell people smoking in public, especially if at a bar’s outdoor smoking area.

To learn more about legal weed in Washington, see Our Guide to Washington State’s Marijuana Laws.

What to See and What to Do:

As we mentioned, there’s a lot to do in Seattle. The home of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and now Macklemore, the Emerald City has a thriving and historic music scene. A major on national tours of all sizes, catch club shows for all genres in Capitol Hill, which also has a bustling bar scene.

Or learn about popular music at the Experience Music Project (EMP), a famous architectural wonder in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle.

Seattleites love the outdoors. Grab a ferry west to the peninsula for camping, or head east to the Cascade Mountains for hiking and winter sports. If you can visit during the summer, do it; the city is at its finest then. Seattle summers are spectacular and not oppressive, with temperatures rarely passing 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky.

Seattleites also love their parks – they’re all around the city; head to a recreational store for something to enjoy at one – and they love their sports; the Sounders and Mariners are well-attended, but the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks are the toast of the town.

If you’re visiting Seattle, learn more about going on a marijuana tour or finding a 420 friendly place to stay.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

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Why Go:

Known as the White City, Tel Aviv boasts gorgeous beaches (and is known for its gorgeous beach-goers). Located right on the Mediterranean coast, Israel’s second-largest city is a hub for business, the performing arts, and nightlife – it is a 24-hour “party capital” famous for its club culture.

Legality:

Cannabis possession and consumption is illegal in Israel, and getting caught could end in jail time and a fine, but compared to other Middle Eastern countries where possession results in long stints in jail – or worse – Israel’s laws seem downright progressive.

Tel Aviv is actually a progressive city regarding pot, and is at the forefront of Israel’s legalization movement. The police also take a lax approach to personal use, and is much more interested in breaking up large operations than busting someone smoking a joint.

Out at clubs, smelling ganja in the air is common, and many smokers toke up on the dancefloor or right outside clubs.

The clubs are also the best place to find weed or hash, but Westerners will find that prices are higher than what they’re used to.

What to See and What to Do:

Many travelers take a simple approach to visiting Tel Aviv: lounge the beach until dark, hit the clubs, wake up, repeat. But doing so doesn’t take advantage of what the city has to offer.

Architecture nerds will geek out with the Bauhaus architecture that is prevalent throughout the city. As an economic center in the Middle East, there are many high-rises and skyscrapers in the impressive downtown financial district.

The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center is home to the Israeli opera, while the Habima Theater is the national theater. Plays, modern and classical dance, and concerts for many genres can be seen in the city any time of the year.

Though known for Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine, Tel Aviv actually has the third-highest concentration of sushi restaurants in the world. It also has a high concentration of clothes stores, as the city is considered the next hot destination for international fashion.

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Toronto, Canada

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Why Go:

Canada’s biggest city is also one of the world’s most diverse cities. Toronto is a city of immigrants, and its diverse populations from the world over have shaped it into a dynamic, bustling melting pot.

Situated on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, T-Dot (as the kids call it) is also welcoming to cannabis enthusiasts. Though weed isn’t legalized, it’s widely accepted, and some cafes will even let you BYOG (bring your own green).

Legality:

Unlike in the United States, where marijuana laws vary by state, the federal government sets drug laws for the entire country. Though marijuana is illegal in Canada (and the federal government has no plans to decriminalize it), most of Canada is pretty lax when it concernspersonal use, and Toronto is one of the most cannabis-friendly destinations in the country.

Police are much more concerned with busting large-scale traffickers, so aren’t interesting in anyone possessing or consuming for personal use. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, and so there are many businesses catering to patients. For recreational users, head down to Younge St. (“Youngsterdam”) for head shops and smoke-tolerant cafes where you can roll and smoke your own joints while enjoying coffee and a snack.

What to See and What to Do:

The CN Tower is Toronto’s most notable landmark and is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Many tourists – two million a year – ride to the top and check out the EdgeWalk or eat at the 360 Restaurant.

Toronto has a bevy of museums, including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Ontario Science Centre. The Toronto Zoo is also a popular attraction featuring over 5,000 animals.

People from the world over now call Toronto home, which is reflected in its festivals and cuisine. Toronto’s has a large Asian population, and its residents of Caribana descent host the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival every summer. Toronto is also welcoming to LGBT folks, and features one of the largest Pride Week festivals in the world.

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Vancouver, Canada

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Why Go:

Vancouver, though the most densely populated city in Canada, is widely regarded as one of the nicest places to live in terms of quality of living. It’s also an excellent place to visit, close to one of the best ski resorts in the world and home to a wealth of arts and culture.

You also might recognize sights in Vancouver from your favorite entertainment productions – many movies and TV shows are filmed in the city, earning the city the nickname “Hollywood North.”

Legality:

As mentioned above in Toronto, marijuana is illegal in Canada, but medical marijuana is legal and discrete personal use is acceptable and unlikely to be punished.

Vancouver, however, pushes these laws to the limits. Police have stated that they simply have greater priorities, and so it is easy to buy and consume marijuana in Vancouver, especially for medical patients; the city has seen a boom in dispensaries, so that there are now as many dispensaries as there are McDonald’s.

Some cafes (such as the New Amsterdam Cafe on West Hastings Street) now cater to medical and non-patient users, allowing patrons to bring in their own weed to enjoy while dining. There are a score of head shops and glass galleries in the city, and the city goes up in smoke for annual 4/20 celebrations.

What to See and What to Do:

Skiers and snowboarders love coming to Vancouver and driving up to Whistler, a famed ski resort that along with Vancouver played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver’s SkyTrain rapid transit system makes it exceptionally easy to get around town. The Vancouver Art Gallery shows off Canadian artists as well as internationally touring exhibits. Vancouver has a sprawling Chinatown, with excellent Asian food; get dim sum early in your day before heading to the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Chinese garden, the first of its kind built outside of China and an in-city sanctuary. Take kids – or the kid in you – to the Vancouver Aquarium or Science World.

For an adventure, head to Grouse Mountain, just 15 minutes from downtown, or take a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, spanning 450 feet over the Capilano River. Vancouver also has great nightlife – the Granville Entertainment District and Gastown are popular weekend spots for clubs and bars.

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Zurich, Switzerland

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Why Go:

Picturesque Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, located on Lake Zurich and near the Alps. It is home to national museums, fascinating architecture, casinos, and possibly in the near future,legal weed.

Zurich is easy to get around, as a very walkable city with excellent public transportation, and is great to visit year-round, even in the winter – there’s always Swiss chocolate to keep you warm.

Legality:

Currently the possession of cannabis is illegal in Switzerland, but enforcement in Zurich is very relaxed. If caught (usually for public consumption), you may be written a ticket by the police, but that’s it.

Zurich, along with several other cities, has spent the past year looking into the creation of private cannabis clubs, where adults could buy and consume marijuana.

Until legalization (in some form), marijuana and hash is not difficult to find. You can ask around at local hemp stores and head shops, and the quality of weed is generally pretty good. Strains such as Northern Lights and Super Skunk are widely available.

What to See and What to Do:

If you can get yourself away from fondue and Swiss chocolate (or bring some to do), there’s an abundance of cultural attractions in Zurich. The Opera House, Museum of Art, and Swiss National Museum are some of the more prestigious places. Gaining in prestige is the Zurich Film Festival, which takes over the city every September.

Zurich’s architecture is instantly recognizable, with many structures still standing from medieval times. The Fraumunster (women’s church) was built before 874; the Grossmunster (Great Minister) was supposedly built during Charlemagne’s rule; and St. Peter is notable for its large church clock face. Most historical sites are located in old town Zurich and within walking distance of each other.

For fun, there’s excellent skiing at the Alps, though skiing is the city’s favorite sport. Nightlife in Zurich is most happening in the Niederdorf and Langstrasse districts, both in old town. The bars and clubs are good, but the late night munchies are better – be sure to get some kebabs from one of the many immigrant-run restaurants open late.

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