Many cultures are built on drinking outside — Italians love drinking on church steps, the French like to picnic in the park with wine, and Germans enjoy a good road beer on their way to the bar.
But most of America is missing out on this prime social outdoor drinking with its pesky container laws.
We’ve found 21 places in the US where it’s legal to outdoors.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Home of Mardi Gras and daiquiri shops. Obviously, open containers are not an issue here.
Hood River, Oregon: World famous for its wind and kite surfing, this is truly an outdoor paradise, as the town has no no open container laws.
Fredericksburg, Texas: It's only fitting for this German enclave, named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, to preserve its German heritage by allowing open containers of beer or wine (not liquor) in most of its public areas. In fact, many places in town sell wine and beer to-go.
Erie, Pennsylvania: In order to revitalize their downtown area, Erie has ditched open container laws in favour of tourism dollars. And since its downtown spans 70 blocks, drinking is allowed almost everywhere.
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