The following is a list of places where there exists a sizable hippy population, where there is tolerance towards hippies, where hippies are free to pursue their lifestyle with community support. Whether you're looking to visit or relocate, you can be sure there'll be places to stay, interesting things to see and do, and lots of other hippies in these places. If you know of any other places to add to this list please write to us.
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New Mexico-New York
We got lots of forests in North Alabama and sometimes a group called the
Rainbow People come to Mount Cheaha to harmonize with nature. I believe they
come from California. There is a great number of hippies living in the Calhoun
County area, mainly in [(Anniston/Oxford/Jacksonville), Alabama]. If any
hippies need somewhere to move to come on to Alabama. We have plenty of room
and the people of our land don't care what you look like.
After spending the past few summers in the wonderful state of alaska, i must let you know that the entire state is a great place to be. all summer long there are bluegrass shows, festivals and trips to be taken. wether you are into the the matanuska thunderfuck, fruity pebbles, or any of the other delectables of the state, or just hitching around to see the land, you surely are welcom no matter what you are. i've had more amazing expierences in alaska than i could ever imagine. my boyfriend and i hitched over a thousand miles to homer, had no problems getting a ride. jerry's twin ( right down to the nubby fingers) picked us up and let us camp in his front yard, fed us strawberry daquries and smoked all night. let everyone know that alaska is only part of the US because of it's government and monetary units. go and visit, you may never come back :)
Delta Junction, Alaska - is the highest per capita weed smokin' community- about 85% of the town here does!
Homer, Alaska - is on the Southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula
and is FULL of
Matanuska Valley, Alaska - Up in the Matanuska grows the wonderful
Matanuska Thunder Fuck where people all over the country that have tried
Alaska weed beg for
Bisbee, Arizona - This small community really flourished when the company town bailed out in the mid-seventies, and hippies from all over moved in. There is a great community here, co-op and lots of hippy artists living out in the desert. Check it out for yourself, have a brew and a few games of nine ball at the Bisbee Grand, or play hacky sack in the grassy park in front of the mining museum right in downtown.
Flagstaff, Arizona - a large community, or family of hippies
Prescott, Arizona - home of Prescott, University. You will
Sedona, Arizona - Although i have never been there i have heard from many people that there are some hippies they may not take up the entire population but there more than usual. I have heard that it is a very spiritual place as it is in a vortex and is well known for it's many new age shops.
Tempe, Arizona - Every sunday there is a gathering of kind brothers
Tucson, Arizona - Home to the University of Arizona and a large
hippy population, Tucson is happening! 4th Avenue is a hangout with
lots of cool shops, cafes and clubs. The street occassionally gets
transformed into a huge Art Festival. There's usually some good music
around town, plus the nice climate and cheap smoke keeps everybody groovin'!
Arcata, California - is a totally unreal place
to check out and LIVE too !! the rents are cheap and it seems everyone
is way laid back, with Humboldt next door and being amongst the greatest
redwoods in the world, how can you go wrong !!
Arcata, California - This is the best place to go if you're a
hippie.. well, besides the Haight-
Humboldt, California - I Personally Dont Think You Emphasized how Many Hippies And How Much Ganja There really Is Out in Humboldt, Humboldt Is Like One Of The Main Places.
Mt Shasta, California -
San Diego, California - Especially Ocean Beach, Encinitas areas. Laid back mixture of surfers and hippies make for a cool scene. Check out The Black a famous headshop in O.B. Also "blacks beach every full moon at 8:00pm"
San Francisco, California - especially the Haight Asbury and Berkeley areas. The place where it all began in the Summer of Love, 1967 and where it continues to this day.
Santa Cruz, California - I'm not sure there is really a large population of hippies IN Santa Cruz--it's kind of a melting pot of all types of people--but if you're looking for some really beautiful scenery, kind people, and totally peaceful chillin', head to one of the towns a little bit north of Santa Cruz. Felton, Boulder Creek, Bonny Doon...it's way mellow there, and everyone's basically into mother nature and their brothers and sisters. It's also real close to the ocean. It's one of the prettiest areas you can imagine...head there on your travels. You won't be sorry!
Southern Humboldt, California ..... We are the center of the "emerald tiangle"... need I say more?
Venice Beach , California every sunday people get together
and form a drum circle.
Boulder, Colorado - At the foot of the Rockies, this community is hip.
Boulder, Colorado - As one who has lived in and visited Boulder,
CO over the years, I must
Nederland,Colorado - 17 miles west, up the canyon from Boulder.
This town has
Ellington, Connecticut. because ,like theres a lot of hippies here - it's a real trip man.
Newark, Delaware - this place is the home of the university
of delaware. tons of hippies here. most live on madison which
consists of apartment/townhouses and this friendly group is very intelligent
Gainsville, Florida - The hippy capital of Florida.
Orlando, Florida - Gainesville is not all the bomb that you say it is. it is not the "hippy capitol" of phlorida. there are kydz there cause there is a college. that's it. just a college. if there were no college, the town would be non-existant. there are some nice kydz there, but no family. they have some good shows maybe once a month. i live in orlando. it is mofuckin awesome! i have lived in many places and for about 6 mos in different places in phlorida. the "hippy capitol" is definately St. Augustine. SUCH A fabulous family!! there's a beach, there's plenty of places to sell crafts on the street all year round. there tons of cool shit like an old fort that you can trip around in and plenty of kynd folks. not much of a nightlife unfortunatly. they never have big name bands. orlando on the other hand is a mecca. we get awesome shows here pretty regularly. we've got the house of blues, we've got a university, we're an hour from the beach, an hour from daytona beach, not much further from Gainesville, a little less from st augustine. we've got the big ekon river. two drum circles every week. we've got the orlando family. we've got the hippy hole.
Key West, Florida - despite the commercialism the boat people
Atlanta, Georgia - There is a certain area in Atlanta that
Big Island and Kauai - Lots of growers here. Scene is low key and laid back. Communes around. On Big Island, the hippies are all in the Puna District mainly in the Pahoa area from Kalapana to Pahoa and from Pahoa over to Volcano.
Maui, Hawaii - Still full of hippies living on the slopes of Haleakela, the dormant volcano, in places like Kipahulu, Hana, Paia. You'll need a few gold cards to visit here. This scene is expensive.
Moscow, Idaho - You will find some of the most absolutely wonderful people there! Besides the people Moscow is the meca of outdoor activities and being one with nature and life.
Bloomington, Indiana - This town has a modest, but decent,
hippie community. At 4:20 (pm) at a park on 9th Street, there is
a drum circle. Also a cafe/restaurant called the Runcible Spoon is
Needmore, Indiana - This is a tiny, tiny place way way out in
the boonies, but an ideal
Quad Cities, Iowa - we have started a small hippie community.
Lawrence, Kansas - The place is very chill and down to earth.
As much as marijuana seems to be a symbol of hippydom, i would have to
say that Lawrence grows some of the finer buds in the states, of course
next to Oregon and Boulder.
The Rainbow Gathering - This movable community gathers for a few weeks each year in some remote location. Check out their web page for more info.
Louisville, Kentucky - Bardstown Road is a large street where you can not only find hippies, but every kind of person there is. The best parts of Bardstown Road stretch for about 3 miles. It's a great place to just take a walk. It really does look like it's straight out of 1968. There are great coffee shops with outdoor cafes, "gently used" book stores, instrument and record shops, head shops, vintage clothing stores, specialty stores and everything in between. It's absolutley the best place in Louisville to visit!!!
Louisville, Kentucky - Happy thriving hippie community here, Cherokee Park is home to many drummers and smokers...Bardstown Road is lined with eclectic shops, head and hemp and beads and vintage clothing...as well as vegetarian cuisine...this city also has a solid gay community, and a well-known affinity for birthing original bands--there are very many opportunities for budding musicians to meet likeminded folks...Also many poets and artists claim Louisville for their home. It is groovy.
Industry, Maine - "plenty of old hippies die hard hippies new
hippies and a bunch of
Starks, Maine - home of the annual HEMPSTOCK. More than
30 bands will play
Mount Rainier, Maryland - A funky little town near DC that literally
hasn't changed since the 60's. Or if it has, the resemblance has
gotten even closer. Since there's a
Takoma Park, DC/Maryland - Not exactly a hippie but having grown
up in Takoma Park,
Amherst, Massachuesetts - Home to the annual "Extravaganja" festival, Amherst residents are about to vote on a decriminalization of marijuana referendum. Amherst boasts a huge student population -- from Amherst College, Hampshire College, and UMass-- and is less than 10 minutes from Northampton, another hippy haven. Great concerts and shows, wonderful cheap res>
Northampton, Massachuesetts - Great place for hippies and hippie-types. Tolerant largely gay community welcomes "alternative people". Love the place! Lots of hippie shops and restaurants too!!
West Newbury and Newburyport, Massachuesetts - are filled with
tons of young hippies.
Ann Arbor, Michigan - There is a Hash Bash every year there and
so many hippies come. Ann Arbor is a
Saugatuck, Michigan - This is truly a hip community, located
St. Louis, Missouri - There is a substantial hippie community that exists on St. Louis' South Side around the area of South Grand Avenue. There is also another older, but growing hippie enclave in a close-in suburb of St. Louis. Known as the University City Loop along 10 blocks of Delmar Boulevard, the area is hopping with hippie-run shops and vendor stands.
Columbia, Missouri - Downtown Peace Park and Peace Nook
Westport, Missouri - Missouri has more then two hippy hang
Missoula, Montana - is a hip place with many hippys. Its
population is small so
Missoula, Montana - Lots of hippies, of all ages. Very similar
to Eugene, without the rain. Missoula is also the home of Plunker, one
of the founders of the Rainbow Nation.
Omaha, Nebraska is a pretty phun lil town. pretty good family. there are NO CLUBS there, so those annoying clubkids are not even present (woo-hoo!), they'll introduce you to a real rave which everyone should experience. Omaha also has the oldmarket which is downtown and a fun place to hang out day and night with a park to the east, the Big Slides (extreme amounts of child-like fun) on the north, the abandoned warehouses are also right near where the parties rage at night. lots of grassroots organizations sprouting up. definitely worth checking out if you're traveling through to Boulder or something.
Taos, New Mexico - I went to Taos, New Mexico last summer and found the place swarming with beautiful people. There are a few communes right outside of town... where Easy Rider was filmed. Lots of freaks around and so much to learn from each other... ecstacy. A bit touristy, but not yet too corrupt with society.
Silver City, New Mexico - is a Hippy Mecca. They have loads of herbal stores in the city with "classes" on locating and identifying local herbs. Their co-op bulletin board is loaded with new age info. They have drum circles and a number of communes within 25 miles of the city, some better than others. Don't forget to ask about the hot springs.
The East Village, New York - Once the home to the Fillmore East, now the thriving alternative center of New York City.
I think I was one of the last holdover hippies from the 60's to leave
the East Village a
Ithaca, New York - has one of the largest hipppie populations in New York state. Has natural beauty and is crawling with old and new hippies. Home to many communes, head shops, natural groceries, drum circles, and kind bud. Ithaca has a sizeable college population.
New Paltz, New York - Home to State University of NY at New Paltz, this small town has a sizable hippy community as well as students. The young feeling is a refreshing change from upstate NY's older crowd. "There are just as many real hippies there as there are in Woodstock,NY. I know this because I am a long hair dreded hippy that lives near by both of these locations. The good thing about New Paltz is that it isn't nearly as hyped up as Woodstock. This provides for a nice relaxing atmosphere."
Tonawanda, New York - There is alot of hippys in Tonawanda NY.
Woodstock, New York - Not the actual location of the famous festival (that is Bethel, N.Y.), and a bit of a tourist trap, but yes, lots of hippies live here.
Asheville, North Carolina is undoubtedly one of the kindest places on the East Coast. Nice nuggets, a lively and experimental music scene, and the overall friendly atmosphere make this town a must for nomadic freaky friends! I'll see you when I roll through town
Yellow Springs, Ohio- (east of Dayton) pop. 10,000, home of the
Columbus, Ohio - pop. 2,500,000. High Street @ Ohio State University
Waynesville, Ohio - near Fairborn. The Renassiance Festival.
Just about Any city in Oregon West of the Cascade Mountians is a Hippy Haven. Oregon is the only state where hippies enjoy a majority at the voting booths come election time. There's a saying going around "Hippies dont die. They just move to Oregon. During the past few years hippies have been moving to Oregon in droves because there's employment for hippies here, and we hippies can go full out in our glad rags in public veiw with out being accosted, laughed at or put down. Oregon is a true hippy Haven. Under an oz. of pot isnt illegal here. It's only a civil fine that would cost you $500.
Corvallis, Oregon - Corvallis, Oregon has a lot of hippies. There are so many coffee shops and bookstores to see them at. The waterfront is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy if you are a hippy.
Eugene, Oregon - Site of the Oregon Country Faire (each July) where each year hippies gather to celebrate their hippiness. Home to the University of Oregon, many co-operatives, communes galore, a real cool Saturday Market, and eco-consciousness.
Porland, Oregon - is a wonderful place that is very tolerant
of hippie-types. Plenty of great people, and home to some great places,
such as the nationally famous Saturday Market, a great place to meet people
and just chill on the waterfront.
Theres a place in PA. called New Hope. There are a whole lot of hippies there lots of shops. A it's on a river and theres a smaller one within it. Many many shops alot of artwork, nice places to eat (Places you can eat lunch outside by the river and exotic flavour ice creams).
Hilton Head, South Carolina - Everybody on this li'l tourist island is flowing. There's a small, but vivid hippie population, who tend to gather at Looce Lucy's or Black Market Minerals in Coligny Plaza, and The Hemp Seed off Sea Pines Circle. Unless you're at the high school, nobody is a hassler. It's good as far as South Carolina goes, I'd say haul your asses down here for a little peace on the beach.
Spartanburg, South Carolina - It's a medium size city in Upstate SC. I grew up on the east side with tons of hippies. Our parents were the original flower children and for the most part raised us in true hippie fashion. There isnt a lot for teenagers to do in SPartanburg, but we make do. One of our favorite places to hang out is Pill Hill, a park near the high school. Anyways Spartanburg is a nice city, kind of boring, but definitely full of hippies.
The Farm, Summertown, Tennessee - This commune founded by hippies including Stephen Gaskin, has pioneered the hippie communal lifestyle. Check out their website for more info! For a good history of The Farm see the Vegetarian Times story.
Austin, Texas - my older brother lives there, and
Austin, Texas - We have the second largest vegetarian population
Hey, there are more than Mormons in Utah! Check out Moab sometime, you'll find plenty of hippies there!
Anywhere in Vermont There aren't that many hippies but there is weed
everywhere!!! And a lot of other drugs. What else is there to do up here?
Burlington, Vermont - on church street is the coolest place to
Floyd, Virginia - Having grown up in the Blue Ridge, I am fortunate
enough to have been
There is a large hippie community in Northeast Washington especially around the small town of Republic and Northern Stevens county.
Bellingham, Washington -This beautiful place is an island of hip folk in the Northwest.
Olympia, Washington - Old and young hippies hanging out among the earth and animal friendly paradise in the Northwest. Veggie resturants abound.
Orcas Island, Washington - In the San Juan islands. is
an old hippy commune where many
Seattle, Washington - Its hard to believe Seattle is not on your
list. I moved here two
Morgantown, West Virginia - downtown on high street and surrounding areas has two REALLY good head shops...The Den and Cool Ridge, several coffee shops, including The Blue Moose (the best bohemian coffee shop} as well as a really good bead shop, comic shops and bike shops, and bunches of restaurants. In west va anywhere long hair is the norm,(i even worked
at Monkey Wards w/shoulder-length hair) and there are lots of long-haired self-sufficient types living in the woods with sweat lodges, drumming parties, outhouses, log homes, herb gardens, and co-ops.
Madison, Wisconsin - A beautiful downtown, with a beautiful university
Madison, Wisconsin is a VERY groovy place, and state street is
Thailand - A beautiful, friendly, tolerant country (it is full of buddhists after all). Unfortunately economic development and unbridled tourism has deformed this country. Check out Ko Samui for a real getaway. Stay away from Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Chaing Mai too has changed for the worse. The hill tribes of the north are worth a visit.
Bali, Indonesia - The beauty of this island is surpassed only by the beauty of the people and their Hindu/animistic culture. A mecca for hippies! Ubud is a great place to base. Give Kuta Beach a wide berth unless you like surfing.
India - A hundred lifetimes is not enough to absorb the culture,
the land and the people of this amazing country. Many a seeker has
found nirvana here. Goa is one of many places where hippies congregate.
Vancouver, Victoria and Nelson, Canada - (A.K.A. hippytown in
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada - Iit's right on the ocean,
Tofino is not particularly friendly since the locals are innundated
Hornby Island and Gabriola Island, British Columbia - Hornby
Kitchener Ontario Canada - Hippies roam the streets of Kitchener and especially Cambridge. We are up there along with the freaks and jocks, geeks and the boring ones. Hippies are the best, with our butterfly shirts and bell-bottoms, we have our own twists to the 60's fashions.
Kitchener, Ontario - Thought I'd ad a note to what our obviously
young friend has said,
The Gulf Islands B.C. Canada - particularly Gabriola, Hornby
Hornby Island does in fact have hippies. However, the island has
Joussard, Alberta, Canada, NORTH COUNTRY FAIR
Sherbrooke and Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada the townships
are also the most english place in Quebec. many old and younger hippies
live out in the country here. there's also been a few
Montreal and Quebec, Canada also have huge countercultural activity.
Montreal, Canada - Just want to add a note about Montreal. This
is a city with a lot of
Mexico - Long an escape for the gringos, still an interesting country to visit from Baha to the Yucatan, lots of places to explore and hang out.
Maruata, Mexico - on the coast of Michoacan has been a mecca
for some time now.
Zipolite, Mexico - I was there maybe 3 years ago and it was the
Costa Rica is a way cool place. There are many kind nature spirits
Costa Rica - what can I say except for that this is the ultimate
Guatemala - Lots of hippies live in communities here.
Tikal, Guatemala - very important hippy ancient Maya site. Stay
Australia - Many communes in the bush, some small hippie communities.
Byron Bay, Australia - The "Hippie Capital" of Australia is a place called Byron Bay (look it up!) which is situated at the top of New South Wales, near Brisbane. Byron Bay and surrounding towns like Nimbin,Mullumbimby, and Lismore are absolute havens for the alternative, new-age folk.
New Zealand - Reports of hippies here and there. Kiwis
are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Hippies can be
found in the Coromandel which is a pininsula just kind of across from
Waiheke Island, New Zealand - a 35 minute ferry ride from the
Amsterdam, Holland - The hippy center of Europe. Legalized marijuana, a long history of tolerance, beautiful old city, and yes the Dutch speak English. Hippie Heaven! Check out our Hip Guide to Amsterdam for lots more info!
Belgium - moved from Brussels to the little town of MESNIL EGLISE (yes, Belgium) and see from the 75 habitants half of them are old and new tekno-hippies. from the solar energy professor to artists over bio food producers all invite friends to spend the summer in the woods of the Ardennes. this makes a lot of people smokin and roamin the 3 streets of the village... The melting pot with the original farmers worked well out during the last 25 years.
The Greek Islands - European hippies flock to dozens of islands in the summer. Hot spots are Ios, Santorini, Crete.
Greek Islands - A really Hot Place in the greeks Islands is Paros,
and AntiParos. Two Islands half an our one of the other. I live in Greece
so I know the really cool places. There you can
Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark - is a free-city.
Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark - is the ultimate hippiehaven
Helsinki, Findland - There is a small hippie-community
Findland - If you want to have really psychedelic vibrations
in Finland, please
Paris is far from being a haven... Believe me, I've lived there
Geneva, Switzerland - it's a real hip city... Pot is
Spain - I noticed that you don´t include any Spanish towns
in your list...
Ibiza ( Mediterranean Island, 75 NMiles out of Spanish Coast)
The Caribbean - The laidback island lifestyle attracts many hippies. Warm weather, beaches and life in the slow lane finds hippies in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, the Grenadines and other tropical ports.
Bulls Bay, Jamaica..... love--guavajelly
Dahab, Egypt - Dahab is a small bedouin village located at the east coast of the sinai desert. Since the 70's Its full of hippie and vagabond types. The atmosphere of the place is really nice and laidback with great music like ambient techno, reggea, 60s rock playing every where. There are several campgrounds where you can stay at rates around 1$ per night. In most restaurants you lay or sit on the floor on carpets and pillows, outdoors or indoors just by the redsea. There are great coral reefs a couple of meters from the shore, so many people come here for the diving. Other activities are desert excursions to oasis or Mt. Sinai, wind surfing, cheap grass, desert parties, backgammon etc. Definitely a place to visit.
Dahab is a very, very special place. Those who like Amsterdam should
go to Dahab in winter (Christmas, New Year). Many Divers, Surfers, Trampers.
Most of them smoke, even the policeman, beduin people and taxi drivers
are stoned. The desert is great. Imagine
Nile River, Eygpt - Felucca (type of boat) on the river Nile can be a most pleasant experience. They fit up to 8, so make sure you are in with the right sort. The captain rolls the joints as its tough with eygptian papers having no gum. He cooks good chow too. And you have never EVER seen a sunset like the one from a small little boat peacefully going up the Nile. We ordered our boat from the Bob Marley Hotel run by Mohammed Bob, hes a bit of a schemer but hes got plenty of ganja.
Israel - Many hippies live here in the holy land. The only westernized country where communes are part of the system.
Morocco - From Marakesh to the Rif Mountains, Morocco is still an interesting place to visit. Hip places are Chefchaouen and Essaouira. Be aware of the local customs and act appropriately. See the Hip Guide to Morocco for some first hand experiences!
Turkey - Perhaps the hottest destination for Europeans (it's cheap!). This friendly country has much to offer. Again, toe the line - remember the movie "Midnight Express"!
South Africa - If you're looking for hippies south africa has
got them. Cape Town
Rustlers Valley, South Africa - This is a place where people
The Himalayas-There are hippies everywhere,man!
Well, in India anyway. I was there from