REI started the ball rolling two years ago announcing they’d be closing their stores nationwide on Black Friday and encouraging their employees and customers to #OptOutside: spend the day outdoors instead of in a shopping frenzy. Other retailers, particularly those who sell outdoor clothing and gear, have followed suit. Now it’s a movement: spend Black Friday outdoors! In fact, why not spend the entire weekend?
Here are our suggestions for some great places for a Black Friday hike, bike, paddle, or family gathering outdoors. Zoom into your area to find the places we think you’ll enjoy. Click on an icon for details.
Our selections above focus on public lands with no hunting allowed during Thanksgiving Week, but plenty of miles to roam. OptOutside!