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9 Gay-Friendly Cities from Around the World
Most of todayâ€™s most popular gay-friendly cities, in the past, were not as friendly as they are today. Some, on the other hand, simply werenâ€™t popular amongst gay travelers. While well-known gay travel destinations like San Francisco, Boston, and Prague are still popular, others are emerging as gay welcoming cities.
9. Indianapolis, Indiana
Believe it or not, Indianapolis, Indiana has not always been a favorite gay travel destination. The 13th largest city in the United States has a reputation for being a political, business-oriented town. They do have a playful side, though, and the visitorâ€™s association has been working hard to promote the areaâ€™s friendly GLBT scene. The city features a number of gay-friendly bars, bed and breakfasts, and artsy attractions everyone is sure to appreciate.
8. Nova Scotia, Canada
Alright, itâ€™s not a city in and of itself, but Nova Scotia, one of the smallest Canadian provinces, features a wide variety of gay-friendly cities. Halifax (the capital) boasts an amazing waterfront and theater district and other cities, like Lunenburg and Peggyâ€™s Cove, feature incredible bed and breakfast destinations. Nova Scotia is definitely one of the best areas for gay travelers to visit for a quiet, relaxing weekend away and if you book a Halifax hotel soon youâ€™ll be able to enjoy the autumn weather before Canada is swarmed with Olympic tourists touring areas of the country outside of Vancouver before and after the games.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
The city of Lisbon is another hot gay travel destination, welcoming members of the GLBT community with a specially crafted guide for gay visitors. Lisbon is an affordable European destination featuring incredible foods, wines, and a sophisticated travel crowd. Make sure you visit Bairro Alto, the cityâ€™s most eccentric and friendly gay neighborhood.
6. Shanghai, China
Shanghai is another city that was, previous to today, not always gay-friendly. The local community has changed its tune, though, and there are now a wide variety of spectacular gay bars as well as a dedicated gay hotel and entertainment complex. Shanghai is quickly growing in popularity amongst members of the GLBT community.
5. Mexico City, Mexico
With more than 20 million residents, itâ€™s no surprise to find that Mexico City, Mexico is a gay-friendly city to begin with. The city has a bustling, chaotic atmosphere, an incredible arts scene, and spectacular restaurants. Despite all it has to offer, Mexico City is just beginning to grow as a gay travel hot spot. Travel to and from Mexico City is low cost compared to many other destinations. Book a hotel in Mexico City during the month of June so that youâ€™re in town for the annual Gay Pride parade.
4. San Luis Obispo County, California
San Luis Obispo County in California is a favorite gay travel destination for a number of reasons. First is the legalization of gay marriage throughout the state of California. The second is the myriad of incredible Pacific beach resorts, many gay-friendly, between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach. Visit a local winery, spend the day on the beach, tour the college town of SanLuis Obispo, and relax in an accommodating hotel in the evening. You couldnâ€™t ask for a better trip destination.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Despite itâ€™s odd location (in the middle of the proverbial Bible Belt), Nashville, Tennessee is quickly becoming a gay-friendly city. Locals have slowly begun paying more attention to politics and environmental issues and have even developed a pretty reputable art scene. The East Nashville and 12th Avenue South neighborhoods, full of GLBT-friendly coffee houses and restaurants, are favorite destinations for gay travelers and families.
2. Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia, was not always a gay-friendly city. Over the past few years, locals have put aside their conservative views and have welcomed lesbian and gay residents and travelers alike. The island offers a GLBT tourist guide and features a number of incredible tourist sites, including the Freycinet Coast and Cradle Mountain, and there are dozens of attractive family-owned accommodations for you to choose from.
1. Punta del Este, Uruguay
The resort town of Punta del Este, Uruguay has long been one of the most accommodating gay-friendly cities, making it a huge favorite amongst GLBT travelers. Gay travelers from Argentina and Brazil frequently flock towards this cozy beach town, an area still growing in popularity amongst international travelers. Make sure you visit Chihuahua, the most popular gay beach in Punta del Este, while youâ€™re there.
Whether youâ€™re looking for a safe and friendly gay travel destination or a gay-friendly city in which you can settle down, each of the above promise entertainment and hospitality. Enjoy your search!