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Dreamy Destinations for the Wandering Mind

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Curated for the wandering mind during the middle of the week, Marijuana.com presents 8 dreamy destinations that aren’t totally out of reach.

Big Sur, California

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Big Sur is a sparsely populated rugged region of California’s central coastline. Many early tribes of Native Americans inhabited this isolated area for thousands of years. The region’s relative isolation and natural beauty have attracted a number of prolific writers, like Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac, who both found inspiration from the well-established bohemian culture and a bit of marijuana. Whether you feel up to hiking the rugged coastline or taking a relaxing dip in Esalen’s hot springs, Big Sur is an excellent place to camp and explore with close friends for a few beautiful days you’ll never forget.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Mackinac Island is the ideal day trip destination for those who appreciate a slower pace of life in the Great Lakes state. Motorized vehicles have been banned on the island for over 100 years, which gives you the opportunity to experience the island from a bicycle, roller skates/blades, saddle horses, and carriages, all of which are available to rent. We highly recommend that you take your preferred form of transportation to the Grand Hotel for their exquisite afternoon tea, where you can enjoy freshly-baked pastries, classic finger sandwiches and a spot of traditional Earl Grey. Be sure to save some munchy room for dessert, the downtown shopping area is well-known for its numerous fudge shops. While many of these chocolatiers claim to be the best, we see no reason to declare a winner, and we recommend you collect a treat from every shop before boarding your ship for the journey home.

High Line, New York

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The High Line is a revitalized piece of New York City’s past. This 1.45 mile-long public park sits uniquely atop a historic freight line elevated above the city’s streets and features exceptional architecture and plant design. Beyond the unusual garden paths, visitors can enjoy stargazing, tai chi, meditation, garden tours, as well as a variety of seasonal guided tours throughout the park. Led by High Line Educators, the park also features “collective projects” for children and adults that range from urban planning, architecture, dining and other hands-on activities to enjoy alongside 100s of enthusiastic individuals.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York

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R.A.R. de Bruijn Holding BV/Shutterstock

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful 52-acre garden featuring a variety of specialty “gardens within the Garden” that hold over 10,000 taxa of plants. One unique location is the three-acre Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. This garden features extensive koi ponds with hundreds of Japanese koi fish, stunning hill-lined landscapes, wooden bridges and an abundance of cherry blossom trees. Opened in 1928, The Cranford Rose Garden contains many original plants, as well as over 5,000 bushes with nearly 1,400 kinds of roses. In June, when the roses are in full bloom, visitors are treated to the awe-inspiring view of tens of thousands of rose blossoms beautifully covering the entire landscape, growing up and across every architectural feature imaginable.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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Crater Lake National Park is a 2,148-foot deep body of water formed around 7,700 years ago by the dramatic collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. The Klamath tribe of Native Americans have long regarded the lake as a sacred site. Their legends describe an epic battle between the sky god and the god of the underworld destroying Mount Mazma and creating the lake. The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake is famous for its dazzling blue waters. Lacking any inlets or tributaries, the waters of Crater Lake are known to be some of the purest on the planet. While the park is open year-round, winter access can be limited to due to severe weather. Summertime activities include hiking, boat tours, trolley tours, ranger-guided programs, swimming, fishing, ranger talks, evening programs, camping and other outdoor adventures.

Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon

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The Portland Japanese Garden is a magnificent collection of five distinct garden styles. Keeping in line with the long history and tradition of Japanese culture, Japanese gardens exist to impart a real sense of peace, harmony and tranquility. Each garden is asymmetrical in design and intended to reflect nature in its most idealized form. The five gardens include the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden. This stunning environment is unlike anything in Oregon. The immaculate landscapes offer a refreshing break from city life and the perfect opportunity to bask in the glory of natural beauty.

Cal Anderson Park, Washington

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Recognized by Forbes as one of the America’s best parks, Cal Anderson Park is the ideal spot to feel the grass in-between your toes on a sunny day, “while on weed.” The park’s numerous oversized chess boards appear designed for the stoner crowd, and no visit would be complete without a quick game of high-minded strategy. This park includes a multitude of other amenities: the reflecting pool, wading pool, texture pool, rentable shelterhouse, plaza, lighted sports field and the children’s play area. With something for everyone, Cal Anderson Park is a brilliant place to spend a few hours on a beautiful day.

Kerry Park, Washington

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Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

Probably your best photo opportunity in Seattle, Kerry Park offers breathtaking cityscape views with awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Bring your blanket, your best picnic basket, your camera and maybe a belly full of your favorite edible to enjoy this scenic location to its fullest potential. The locals refer to this as Highland Park, which is a reference to Highland Drive, however we think this is a great plot of land to enjoy while high.

Cover Photo Courtesy of Markgraf

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