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Outdoor Drinking in All 50 States, Ranked

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The summer sun shines on the entire country, practically begging drinkers to head outside with their bottles and glasses for some al fresco sipping. What they’ll find outside, though, differs drastically from state to state. Factors like temperature, humidity, air quality, rainfall, and mosquitos can all make or break your outdoor drinking experience. And of course, more subjective factors like natural beauty and outdoor drinking activities make some states better than others for drinkers looking to get out and about. Sure, there’s some redeeming factor about drinking outside everywhere, but let’s face it: all states are not created equal. Here, every state ranked by how it is for drinking outside.

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50. Alabama

You may be able to drink in church at the famous Flora-Bama bar, but other than getting your Sunday fix, summer drinking in Alabama is the pits. Sure, there are designated open-container areas in big cities like Montgomery and Birmingham, but you’re likely to get rained on and/or bitten by a swarm of mosquitos while you’re at it. Alabama has great beaches, many of which are sorely underrated, but the quality of surrounding bars are more suited for amateur spring breakers than cocktail connoisseurs. There’s a reason this state came in dead last when it comes to summer drinking—because you shouldn’t do it there.

49. Delaware

To quote important public access television pioneer Wayne Campbell, “Hi, I’m in Delaware.” There’s not a ton to do, but if you would like to toast the incorporation of your shell company, go to the Dogfish Head pub and have some of their fantastic beer or whiskey out on the patio.
 

48. Mississippi

Mississippi can commiserate with its neighbor Alabama about its placement. You might not get bitten by as many mosquitos, but summer revelers in the state have to deal with one of the highest humidity indexes in the country. While you could hit one of the state’s many summer beer festivals or take a boozy riverboat cruise to pass the time, the hot sun beating down on your back will make for a barely pleasurable experience.

47. New Hampshire

Sure, NH has some pretty views of valleys and mountains, but all that funky geography causes the humidity to skyrocket. This makes for some lovely skiing in the winter, but regrettably drenches outdoor drinkers in the summer in pretty much the worst wet weather of the Northeast. You can still take advantage of those peaks in the summer months, though, by hiking between the White Mountain Huts, where you’ll find fellow travelers to trade pours from flasks. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Bacon and Brew Festival in Nashua combines two beloved vices, from local restaurants and craft breweries, into one of the few outdoor gatherings that can actually draw people in.

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46. Missouri

While you can legally drink outside in most of Missouri, the actual cities are a bit strict on the matter. That said, there are areas within St. Louis where you can legally drink outside, such as public parks. St. Louis also boasts the City Museum, an incredible jungle gym comprised entirely of recycled materials, which you can climb around on after getting drinks at the museum’s Rooftop Cafe. Aside from the city, though, Missouri doesn’t have a lot in the way of great views. The air quality isn’t great. The humidity is palpable. And the mosquitos are present.

45. Oklahoma

Believe it or not, Oklahoma City has a blossoming food and cocktail scene, with some of the best and most inventive local cuisine and cocktails west of the Mississippi. If you’re looking for outside adventures beyond just drinking on a patio, though, the Sooner State is kinda lacking in the fun department. But, if you happen to find yourself in Oklahoma during the summer, your best bet for outdoor fun is on a cocktail cruise on the Oklahoma River, which runs through Oklahoma City. Or you can even stay at a super cozy bed and breakfast on a winery if you play your cards right.

44. West Virginia

West Virginia has some of the most beautiful, most remote places in America. So if you can grab a flask of good (and local) West Virginia booze, you might enjoy yourself. But chances are high that if you do find a quiet hollow, it will be raining or your shirt will be sticking to your back it’s so humid. Look off in the distance though and you can at least see Kentucky.

43. New Jersey

New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians like to complain about the stench hanging over New Jersey, but there are bigger problems with the air in the state than a few petroleum refinery emissions. The not so garden fresh state really does have some of the worst air quality and humidity in the country, making it difficult to enjoy time outdoors there no matter what you’re doing. That said, if you escape to the sea, you’ll be able to enjoy the splendor of the sea air, a cold drink and possibly a view of Manhattan (which is pretty much the best you can hope for in terms of Jersey scenery). Although, we’ll say that Asbury Park is a seriously underrated Jersey drinking destination, with bars like The Anchor’s Bend sitting right on the sand.

42. Georgia

While cities like Atlanta and Savannah offer plenty of great bars and things to do, you’re better off planning a trip in the spring, fall or even winter months. Because Georgia in the summer is damn near miserable. It’s hot, it’s humid, it rains a lot, and you’ll get bitten by so many mosquitoes it will be difficult to think about much else other than scratching. Skip Georgia summers and visit in September or October when you can experience the longest-running Octoberfest in America and much milder weather.

41. Michigan

The mitten-shaped state boasts the world’s longest porch at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, which is the best place to sip a cocktail while watching sailboat races. That’s hard to beat when it comes to outdoor drinking. But, unfortunately for the rest of the state, Detroit brings the appeal down thanks to its slew of mosquitos (three other Michigan cities also made it onto the list of the 50 worst cities for mosquitos). No one wants to drink outside while also having their insides drunk by bugs. The humidity is also fairly unbearable. It’s no Louisiana, but you’ll still probably need to change your shirt by 2 p.m.

40. North Dakota

The best thing, and only thing, to do on a summer night is to drive even further into the wild and watch the Northern Lights. Due to the lack of of city lights and the fact that the state is one of the furthest north—North Dakota’s latitude is almost parallel with Finland—North Dakotans have prime viewing of this natural phenomenon. With low humidity in summer, cool nights, and an abundance of dark open prairies, there’s no better way to take advantage of the season than with a bottle of whiskey, a blanket, and a snuggle buddy to share the natural lazer light show.

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39. Iowa

While the air quality and temperature may be decent in Iowa, there aren’t a lot of places to enjoy said air quality while having a drink. And even if you do find a good spot, you won’t be looking at much besides cornfields. Points for the epic scenes that happen on Melrose Ave during a University of Iowa tailgate, but, sorry Iowa, you’re too wet and a bit too bland to make it any higher than 39.

38. Maine

Maine’s pretty miserable in the winter, and its rocky coastline is a total bummer to anyone who enjoys actual sand by the sea. For the few brief months that the state is hospitable, though, it turns into a delightful, if rugged, escape from the humid wreckage of the rest of the country. If the omnipresence of L.L. Bean on every man, woman and child wasn’t a clear enough hint, the outdoors are a big deal in Maine, so come prepared with camping-ready drinking supplies, or simply pull up a lawn chair at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park for a drink with a view. City dwellers will find a lot to drink in Portland as well, with the most microbreweries per capita of any U.S. city. Pick your favorite craft brew from the huge supply, pair it with a lobster roll from Red’s or Harraseeket, and find your oceanside bliss.

37. Pennsylvania

There isn’t much to look at in Pennsylvania besides the backside of Amish buggies you can’t seem to pass. And the Industrial Revolution was not kind to the air quality of the state. With zero beach real estate and next to zero in terms of rooftop bars, outdoor drinkers are left with pretty much one option: sports. Our absolute favorite thing to do in the state is outside: tailgating an Eagles game, which requires you crush Yuengling after Yuengling for at least five hours before kickoff. The second best al fresco drinking also happens at a ballpark. PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hosts All Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival, where you can run the bases as you sample over 300 beverages. If sports aren’t your thing, go back to a greener state, you hippie.

36. Alaska

During the few months a year when it is light and above freezing in Alaska, it’s a beautiful place to be outside with a beer or a cocktail. Plus, because it has the lowest population density in the country, you can enjoy those things in peace and quiet. And the 22 hours of summer daylight in northern points like Fairbanks makes it the only place you can day drink at midnight. Most of the time though, being outdoors in Alaska involves trying to avoid frostbite and bears. Two no-nos for outdoor drinking.

35. Rhode Island

Rhode Island punch above its weight, but as the smallest state in the union, its weight is very light. As in most of the East Coast, your best bet for outdoor drinking in Rhode Island is to head toward the seaside. Booze cruises will whisk you along Rhode Island Sound, and you can feel like New England royalty at luxe Newport spots like the Castle Hill Inn. For something from the complete opposite end of the class spectrum, check out Ogie's Trailer Park, a theme bar dedicated to mobile homes with a serious patio game and decisively buttoned down bar grub.

34. Tennessee

Tennessee summers are humid, and random midday rain showers are sure to foil your plans. Even if you do get to spend some time outside, you’ll definitely get eaten alive by mosquitos, even if you’ve sprayed on the insect repellent like it’s water from the fountain of youth. Tennessee is a beautiful place, and bar hopping in downtown Nashville is a great time if you’re into live music. But for the love of god, visit any other month besides June, July or August, unless you want to melt into the sidewalk.

33. Connecticut

Connecticut gets the short end of the New England stick in terms of tourism-worthy countryside, with suburbs mostly bulldozing over the flat, uninspiring landscape. But the state tries to make up for that with some outdoorsy bars, especially The Hops Company in Derby, which boasts a massive 4.5-acre beer garden in one of the country’s best small towns. Or, if you’re the type, you can rough it (a little) at Club Getaway in Kent, arguably the original adult summer camp in the country.

32. North Carolina

North Carolina is damn humid in the summer, and you’ll likely get more mosquito bites than you’re able to handle (pack plenty of bug spray, folks). But as one of the most beautiful states in our country, visiting North Carolina in the summer is worth a little suffering. Many of the state’s public beaches allow alcohol, which means at least you’ll experience a nice breeze while sipping your Cheerwine cocktail shoreside.

31. South Dakota

This sparsely populated Midwestern state is more fun than its northern cousin. Not only is it home to one of the best public hot springs, but it also has one of the most notoriously debaucherous summer festivals in the entire country: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Started in 1938, the rally features thousands of motorcycles and cyclists, food trucks, pop-up bars and live music. There’s even a tattoo contest and a beard and mustache contest. If giant boozy festivals aren't your thing, though, take a scenic drive to Cascade Falls in the Black Hills (south of Rapid City) where you can swim in idyllic pools of geothermal water. All that outdoor fun comes with an important warning: It’s slightly off the beaten path with plenty of poison ivy and rattlesnakes to ruin your afternoon if you’re not careful.

30. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, its cheeseheads and its beer. And the best way to enjoy that beer in your cheesehead hat is while floating down one of the state’s many easy flowing rivers—maybe leave the actual cheese on shore for after the float. The views are pastoral and lovely if you’re drinking on the river, but a bit, well, Midwestern if you’re drinking in a city like Madison—which earned the state a ding. There’s also a good amount of rain and the air quality isn’t the best. But the state does host the Great Taste of the Midwest, which features over 190 Midwestern beers and views of Lake Monona.

29. Virginia

Virginia gets really humid in the summer, something that can be slightly avoided if you decide to go camping high in the mountains. But even then, the mass amounts of bugs and moquitos that come out in droves will make the experience damn near unbearable (better pack plenty of flaskable cocktails if you insist on making the journey anyway). Things like shoreside drinking in Virginia Beach and the patio scene in Richmond offer some relief from the oppressive heat, but you’d be better off visiting in the late spring or early fall if you want to enjoy yourself in the least. Sure, it’s one of our most beautiful states, but we suggest springing for the fall foliage instead of the summer sun.

28. Maryland

You can crack crabs with a cold drink overlooking the Chesapeake and enjoy Black Eyed Susans at the minor league Kentucky Derby (at least in terms of drinking) at the Preakness. Otherwise all Maryland’s really got are some of the most mild temperatures in the country, which is exciting … if you are a meteorologist.

27. Minnesota

Falling near the middle of the pack, Minnesota is, of course, the Land of 10,000 Lakes (11,842 lakes, actually), which means there are plenty of options for sipping brews on or near the water—including at lakefront breweries and distilleries. But while the lakes’ lapping waters are certainly a delight to watch while lapping down a drink, they bring with them mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. The average summer temperature (about 67 degrees) is also just slightly less than optimal for outdoor basking.

26. Ohio

here. Ohio also just passed a law in 2015 to establish outdoor drinking zones—towns of at least 35,000 people can have all the drinking freedom of the Vegas strip or Bourbon Street except, you know, nice and more respectable. Unfortunately, if you are in those zones you will probably have to listen to people yell “O-H” “I-O” at each other constantly.  

25. Arizona

Arizona comes in right in the middle of the pack, and those 100-plus degree summers that extend for months on end might have something to do with it. All the pools in Phoenix can’t save you from the beating Arizona summertime sun. Get away from that, however, and you’ll see that Arizona is a wintertime oasis. The Desert Bar, which is quite possibly the best drinking location in all of Arizona and one of the top drinking locations in the entire country, is an entirely sustainable, semi-hidden outdoor watering hole with multiple bars, live music and a bunch of different cocktail and beer and wine options. People love it so much that the place has a non religious church (no services held here) for people to hold wedding ceremonies at. It closes every summer, when people retreat to one of the many pool bars. So. Many. Pool bars.

24. New York

If it wasn’t for the ridiculous amount of mosquitos, ticks and other nasty summertime insects (or the high heat and humidity) New York might be No. 1 on this list. While the city that never sleeps is a snowpocalypse during the winter, the state is full of revelry come summer. Not only does New York have an abundance of beaches, complete with a bevy of bars and tasty snacks, but it also has mountains, rivers, lakes and small, quaint towns. You can river raft, hike, surf, swim, small town bar hop, visit a distillery or winery, or camp your way throughout the state. At the Rockaways outside of Queens, after a nap in the sun or a swim in the ocean, one of our favorite things to do is buy Nutcrackers, a semi-legal Jungle Juice sold by local vendors wandering the beach. If you’re in Manhattan, don your best all white linen and visit Bocce Union Square, a new pizza spot with serious street cred (from the famous Roberta’s team) where you can drink spritzes and play bocce ball in an open air pavilion in Union Square.

23. Indiana

The best outdoor drinking you can do in Indiana is at the annual, absolutely insane Indy 500 tailgate, starting at around 4 in the morning the day of the race. While that might be fun, it’s not really the picturesque, basking in the sunshine, breathing in all that clear air experience we’re looking for, considering all the gas fumes. The views in Indiana are also a little—well, let’s just say they’re a bit flat. The humidity is also pretty high and the mosquitos will get you. But that tailgate can’t be beat if you’re looking for a true, all-American experience.

22. South Carolina

It rains a lot during the summer in South Carolina—but not pouring all day “a lot”; more like afternoon showers for humidity relief “a lot”. And you will need the humidity relief because this is the South, after all. But it’s totally worth braving the hot temperatures to spend a summer drinking in South Carolina. Charleston has one of the most enjoyable cocktail and culinary scenes in the country, and it’s getting better each year.

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21. Arkansas

There isn’t much in the way of outdoor city drinking in Arkansas. If you want a proper summer adventure with plenty of alcohol related hijinks, then creativity and an open mind are key in Arkansas. Home to the Ozarks, the Natural State has an abundance of hiking trails, swimming holes, and hot springs. Escape the city life and book a rural weekend getaway to a secluded Ozarks cabin, preferably with a case of whiskey in tow. But, if you’ve watched one too many episodes of Ozark on Netflix, you can always just hang out on the patio at the Purple Cow dinner (it’s a local chain so there are a couple different locations) with a moonshine-spiked milkshake.

20. Illinois

Aside from some great rooftop bars with views of the city and the lake, Chicago also offers some of the best in booze cruises on Lake Michigan. There’s everything from comedy cruises to BYOB boats to tiki excursions. But along with all these wonderful outdoor drinking opportunities and good weather (the average summer temperature is 73 degrees—prime day drinking temperature), there’s also a heck of a lot of mosquitos and a decent amount of rain.

19. Florida

While all of us suffer through winter in the United States, Florida folks are sitting pretty on their boats and beach towels, enjoying perfect weather year-round. Wait, did you say 95 degrees with 95 percent humidity? No wonder the snowbirds head back north when June rolls around. The burgeoning cocktail scene, all-night clubs and jaw-dropping beauty of Miami’s beaches are certainly a reason to visit the Sunshine State, but summer is not the time to do so. First of all, that’s when all of the tourists flood the streets and the locals stay inside because it’s too damn hot, so it’s not a good season to get a feel for the local scene. Even the open container policy on Tampa's Riverwalk couldn’t convince us to visit Florida in the summertime. Treat yourself to a February getaway instead, when you can’t stand on more snow day.

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18. Louisiana

When it comes to drinking outside, New Orleans does it right. Not only are there amazing cocktails being served at outdoor bars and rooftop pools, but you can legally drink in the street in the French Quarter. Plus, some bars even cater to drinkers on the go with windows selling to-go drinks. That said, you can’t deny the extreme humidity, heat, rainfall and mosquito population. Still, it’s all worth it when you have a Frozen Daiquiri in hand staring out at the mighty Mississippi.

17. Vermont

Vermont has a well earned reputation as paradise for NPR-loving, crunchy vegans whose idea of outdoor entertainment is a Phish concert, but even staunch establishment types who never listen to Fresh Air can enjoy Heady Topper in literally the freshest air in the country or attend an outdoor movie night at a Ben & Jerry’s shop, where you can pair your surreptitious flask with free ice cream samples. Just be warned that you will be hanging with said crunchy hippies the entire time you’re in the state. Decide how many times you can hear about the benefits of morning yoga and embracing your zen before you make any plans to drink outdoors with locals. 

16. Kansas

Despite its reputation, Kansas is not actually the flattest state (it is 23rd in the country). Nor is it the most boring. Come summer the Sunflower State is a mecca of outdoor drinking activities. Not only can you tailgate a rodeo, but you can drink your way through a corn maze or hang out in a beer garden at the Kansas State Fair (which takes place at the end of summer in September).

15. Massachusetts

The best outdoor drinking in Massachusetts happens along the coast, but the rest of the state is pretty much a wash. Boston is home to some of the best waterfront bars of the Eastern Seaboard, as well as a truly epic sports bar, The Baseball Tavern, a cheap, chill rooftop venue close enough to Fenway to catch a fly ball. That said, even at a primo venue, you’re still drinking in Boston, which is like winning a trophy for participation. Escape Beantown for Cape Cod, where you can dig your toes into the sand while sipping a Daiquiri at The Beachcomber, a primo beach bar, or head out to Nantucket for Galley Beach, one of the best seaside bars in all of New England.

14. Texas

If you’re in Austin during the summer, we recommend taking a dip at Deep Eddy Pool (preferably with a flask of local Deep Eddy Sweet Tea flavored vodka hidden in your towel) and then getting a burger and a Mai Tai (or a Zombie) at the Pool Buger—an airstream trailer parked nearby that doubles as a portable tiki bar slash restaurant. One of the more unusual offerings in Texas is the state’s surplus of shops that sell to-go frozen Margaritas or Daiquiris and the sheer number of drive-thru liquor stores. You can grab any of these treats right from the air conditioned luxury of your automobile and take your booze wherever you please.

13. Utah

Throw away your preconceptions about Utah being an anti-drinking state, which—fine, it kind of is. Drinking in bars isn’t great (even with the relaxed Zion Curtain laws, things aren’t tippity top), which means that you get to go outside to do your drinking in nature. The humidity is low, the mosquitos are rare, the views are terrific and there’s an abundance of nature to take in. The state boasts 7,000 campsites ranging from mountain wilderness to the bare desert.

12. Idaho

Idaho is home to the first ski resort in the country. That on its own is quite an accomplishment, especially considering the location, Sun Valley, is still going strong as a destination. During the time of the year when drinking outdoor is preferable to drinking while wrapped in 68 layers of snowboarding gear, outdoor patio bars populate the resort. You can also rent out an entire yurt, set up a little cocktail bar, and live like the apocalypse already happened. Beyond all the outdoorsy stuff to do, the marquee drinking events are nothing to scoff at. Case in point: the whitewater rafting beer vacation. There’s a company in Idaho that holds craft beer tastings on a river trip, where you raft through a bunch of crazy spots and then when you land for the night you get to drink a bunch of beer with new friends. Repeat for four days.

11. New Mexico

New Mexico isn’t nicknamed the Land of Enchantment for nothing. The landscapes inspired Georgia O’Keeffe to paint now iconic pieces of art, and photos of the state don’t do the colors justice. Another thing you’re missing if you don’t go out to the state for some outdoor drinking yourself: tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera. The parking lot of the Santa Fe Opera fills up with people pregaming the opera with purple mountains majesty in the background. Drinks flow freely before people go into the Opera itself with plenty of rosé and sauvignon blanc. Outside of the tailgates, there’s the outdoor Albuquerque Wine Festival that happens every Memorial Day Weekend before the weather gets too hot, and there are plenty of good rooftops—especially the Bell Tower Bar at the La Fonda hotel. As if you needed another reason, there’s the Sierra Blanca Brewery, which calls its outdoor beer garden the garden of dreams, and honestly, they’re not exaggerating.

10. Wyoming

Rounding out the top 10 is the least population-dense state in the contiguous United States. It’s not much for rooftop drinking, but there is a ton of open space to drink outside in Wyoming, and plenty of places to take advantage of it. Whether it’s at an event like the Wyoming Brewers Festival or imbibing while camping near Yellowstone, you’ll always have plenty of room to keep your elbows stretched as wide as you like when you’re drinking outside in Wyoming. If you want to feel what it would have been like to drink outside when Wyoming was still the Wild West, you can go on the Western Chuckwagon BBQ, where a horse-drawn wagon will take you out into the wilderness for a three course meal and settler party, complete with wine and beer of course. Finally, talking about outdoor drinking in Wyoming wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Jackson Hole. In the summer, patios abound in the recreation area and cracking open a cold one from the local Roadhouse Brewing Co. is an act you’ll want to put on repeat. In the winter, Jackson Hole is a gathering ground for lovers of all things snow sports—cracking open a cold one optional, warming up with a Hot Toddy necessary.

9. Washington

Washington is tough, because its best drinking locale (Seattle) also endures 150 days of rain every year. Once you get out of the city though it’s not hard to find a beautiful view to enjoy your drink with up the cascades. And if you head east to the Walla Walla Valley you can get to the most underrated wine country in the U.S.

8. Nevada

The desert, you may be thinking, is no place to drink outside. Au contraire. To get the obvious out of the way, Las Vegas allows open containers so long as said containers aren’t glass. Taking a drink to go while you walk the Strip outside is an obvious plus. Then there’s all of the great pools to drink at in Las Vegas: the adult lazy river at the MGM Grand, the beach pool at Mandalay, the list goes on. But Nevada doesn’t rank so high on this list for Las Vegas alone. Far from it, in fact. A big portion of Nevada being in the top 10 comes from the fact that the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe is a boozy lake paradise for people looking to drink under the sun and among the trees. The lakeside beach is the ideal spot for beer pong, boat drinking and kicking back in the sand. On the downside, it does get pretty hot in much of Nevada, and surprisingly cold in the winter. At least there’s no humidity and very few mosquitos, though.

7. Oregon

Oregon has Portland, which combines one of the most outside-friendly cities (bike lanes, backyards, patios) with a prolific bar scene. The state also has a brewery on the damn beach—Pelican—beautiful scenery and a precious little rain.

6. Nebraska

When it comes to must-do summer activities, Nebraska has some unusual things to do that are very, very Nebraska in nature. At the Wayne Chicken Show in Wayne, Nebraska, you can even hang out with live chickens while you eat them (glass of wine in hand of course). If chicken clucking contests aren’t your bag then you can pay a visit to the Surfside Club, a boozy waterside institution outside of Omaha. There you can catch live music, grab a drink at one of the outdoor bars and taste the famous fried catfish.

5. Montana

You know what makes the great outdoors great? A lack of people, and if there’s one thing that’s undeniably appealing about Montana, it’s that you can go for days without seeing anyone if that’s what you want to do. In the summertime, there’s nothing better than taking in neature in Big Sky Country. There’s low humidity, few mosquitos and mountain views for days. The state government understands this appeal and wants people to enjoy it to the fullest with a drink in hand. There are no open container laws in Montana so you can drink outside any time you want to (except in Butte, where you can only have an open container between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.). You make your own fun in Montana, whether that be camping, fishing or just staring at the views, and you can always do it while sipping on a cold one. Just get out before winter comes unless you’re into downing ice cold beers before skiing the slopes.

4. Colorado

There’s a reason why people in Colorado consistently rank among the healthiest people in the country. It’s impossible not to go outside because the weather and activities are just too damn good. Drinks wise, the state is one of the birthplaces of the modern craft beer movement, and there are actually too many good beers to choose from when looking for a crushable can for your mountain hike. Then there’s the actual drinking locations and events themselves—you know, beyond the countless camping sites and lakes and rivers. Tailgating at Red Rocks, a natural outdoor amphitheatre that attracts tourists and locals alike, is not to be missed and is one of the best things about drinking in the state in general. Or if you’re more into offbeat and quirky drinking activities, you can go on a hike and wine picnic with llamas or a multi-day bike tour to the states best breweries.

3. Kentucky

Kentucky is decently rainy, but it has great average temperatures (around 74 degrees) and gorgeous views of mountains and rolling, grassy hills. You can also legally drink outside in certain Louisville districts. And there’s the Bourbon Trail, which may not lead to outdoor drinking but will lead to amazing sightseeing. And, of course, there’s the Kentucky Derby, one of the country’s premier occasionals for al fresco drinking, which of course features one of the world’s greatest, most refreshing drinks to sip on in the sun: the Mint Julep.

2. Hawaii

The 50th state is an actual tropical paradise. Isn’t that enough for you? No? Fine. You can also go drink under one of 99 waterfalls, drink Mai Tais at a swim up bar, and imbibe with locals at a bonfire on the beach. There is actually no good reason to drink indoors at all in Hawaii.

1. California

Honestly, what did you expect? The state with the best weather, most famous wine country, and largest number of breweries is the best place in the country to drink outside. Whether it’s July or February you can sip a drink on one of the many beaches where it’s legal to drink, find a cool rooftop in LA or San Francisco, or ride your bike through Napa County.  

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