14 Places in America Where the Usual Laws Don't Apply

While some states, towns, and regions impose stringent statutes on residents, others are more lax and opt to limit personal freedoms as little as possible. Click through for a list of locales around the country where the law of the land is more lenient than you might expect.

  1. Trimmed-Down Taxes in Navajo Nation in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico

    Trimmed-Down Taxes in Navajo Nation in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico

    Residents of Native American reservations, which are considered sovereign entities in the eyes of the law, pay federal income tax but generally don't owe state income tax. Reservations can impose their own local taxes on members of their tribe, but some enjoy relatively lax levies. For example, members of the Navajo tribe who live in Navajo Nation pay sales tax—and since 2015, a junk food tax—but no personal income tax, property tax, or inventory tax, according to the Navajo Nation Project Development Department.

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  2. A Check on Checkpoints in Oregon

    A Check on Checkpoints in Oregon

    Sobriety checkpoints are used by law enforcement personnel in 37 states to suss out drunk drivers, but you'll never be asked to pull over and do the one-leg stand in Oregon. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, sobriety checkpoints are illegal under the Oregon Constitution, which puts the onus on motorists to drink responsibly.


  3. Sanctioned Smoking on the Las Vegas Strip

    Sanctioned Smoking on the Las Vegas Strip

    Twenty-six states have enacted bans on indoor smoking in private workplaces, including bars and restaurants. But Nevada cuts tobacco lovers some slack when they're in Sin City. According to USA Today, you can legally smoke in stand-alone bars and taverns, tobacco shops, and many casino gaming areas and convention centers situated on the four-mile span of South Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip.

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  4. Gotta Get a Gun in Kennesaw, Georgia

    Gotta Get a Gun in Kennesaw, Georgia

    While some municipalities crack down on guns, one Georgia town has long encouraged them. According to CNN, Kennesaw, located northwest of Atlanta, has had a law on the books since 1982 that requires every head of household to have a firearm for safety.


  5. Immunization Immunity in Camas County, Idaho

    Immunization Immunity in Camas County, Idaho

    Parents with philosophical or religious objections can opt out of having their children vaccinated in 18 states that permit nonmedical childhood vaccine exemptions. Of these states, Idaho is home to 8 of the 10 counties with the highest vaccine opt-out rates, according to The Washington Post. Camas County in southern Idaho leads the pack; around 27 percent of its kindergartners opted out of vaccines in the 2016-2017 school year.

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  6. Carefree About Cannabis in Colorado

    Carefree About Cannabis in Colorado

    Connoisseurs of cannabis don't need a prescription to light up in Colorado. Although marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 30 states, according to Vox, the Centennial State is one of only nine where Mary Jane is legal to use on a recreational basis.


  7. Bonfire Bonanza at Huntington City Beach, California

    Bonfire Bonanza at Huntington City Beach, California

    Many beaches ban bonfires to protect the public and stave off environmental degradation, but several beaches in Huntington Beach, including Huntington City Beach, buck the trend, permitting beachgoers to kindle a fire within designated areas. The sandy paradise that stretches for three-and-a-half miles in Southern California encourages coast-crazed vacationers to ignite the fun at one of 127 fire pits located between First Street and Beach Boulevard.

    Related: The Best Tiny Beach Towns from East to West


  8. Pedestrian Pardon in California

    Pedestrian Pardon in California

    In some states, including Washington and Texas, it's unlawful for a pedestrian to enter a crosswalk once the pedestrian traffic sign switches to the countdown signal. But in California, pedestrians can now proceed without fear of fines. According to The Los Angeles Times, a state bill passed late last year permits pedestrians to cross the street even after the pedestrian countdown clock has begun as long as they can get to the other side before the time elapses.

    Related: Pedestrians Only—20 Car-Free Places in America


  9. Alcohol Out-and-About in the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri

    Alcohol Out-and-About in the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri

    The men in blue won't always come after you for drinking alcohol in public. According to The Kansas City Star, you can openly swig spirits in Kansas' Power & Light District without flouting the law. The eight-block open-air entertainment hub permits the public consumption of alcohol while walking to and from nearby restaurants and bars.

    Related: 10 "Sober" Alternative Uses for Alcohol at Home


  10. Freeway Freedom in Alaska

    Freeway Freedom in Alaska

    Not all teens have to turn the corner on at least their 15th birthday to hit the road. Alaska is one of only nine states where you can obtain a learner's permit and legally drive at the tender age of 14.


  11. Gung-Ho for Gold in Forks of Butte Creek in Magalia, California

    Gung-Ho for Gold in Forks of Butte Creek in Magalia, California

    Nearly 170 years after the Gold Rush, recreational miners with the glint of gold in their eye continue to scour California for the precious metal. Although mineral collection is banned or restricted at some gold-rich sites to protect Bureau of Land Management-designated terrain, you can legally mine for gold in a small selection of federally managed lands that include the Forks of Butte Creek Recreation Area. The hiking-friendly area hosts 23 mining sites in total, and you don't need a permit for low-impact gold panning.

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  12. Secret Spoils in Delaware

    Secret Spoils in Delaware

    In most states, lottery winners must reveal their names when they claim their jackpot primarily for reasons of transparency and public trust. But according to The New York Post, the nouveaux riches have the right to remain anonymous in Delaware, one of only a handful of states where lottery winners can elect to stay nameless to maintain their privacy and protect their windfall from scam artists.


  13. Pooches Permitted in Acadia National Park in Maine

    Pooches Permitted in Acadia National Park in Maine

    Unlike most of the country's national parks, Acadia National Park lets you keep your pup in tow on 100 miles of trails. In addition, many carriage roads are open to leashed pets, and other areas, like Little Long Pond, allow your furry friend to freely frolic off-leash.

    Related: 10 National Parks That Look More Stunning in the Snow


  14. Picky About Ponies in New Jersey

    Picky About Ponies in New Jersey

    Noncommittal horse betters should head to New Jersey to improve their odds of picking the next winner of the Preakness at a local horse race. According to McAlester News-Capital, New Jersey is currently the only state where you can adjust your betting position on a horse race after the horses have left the starting gate.


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