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Gay Travel

IGLTA: International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

VAX Vacation Access: LGBTQ Focused Tour Operators

Navigaytour: LGBTQ Travel Resource Guide

Purple Roofs: Gay Travel and Accommodations

 

Entertainment, Recreation, Leisure

 

"We do not while away our days drinking, dancing and being gay. LGBTQ cultural life and leisure interests are as diverse as those found in other communities."

-Brighton & Hove

 

 

What do LGBTQ people do for entertainment?  What kind of recreation do they engage in?  Where do they go to have a good time?  When LGBTQ people want to go out and have fun, they don't always go to drag shows, gay bars, and pride parades.

 

LGBTQ individuals, couples and families attend sports events, art shows, cultural festivals, and activities of all descriptions.  They go to movies, plays, concerts, and museums.  They play bingo and poker.  They hike, they bike, they ski, they golf.  They go on trips and vacations.

 

There are gay softball leagues, gay tennis teams, gay rugby clubs, gay bowling leagues, and gay rodeos.  There are gay book clubs, gay supper clubs, gay choral groups, and gay film festivals.

 

LGBTQ Friendly European Travel

Damron: LGBTQ Travel

Info: LGBTQ Sports

LGBTQ Convention & Visitors Bureau

LGBTQ Friendly Tour Operators

Gay Key West: Hotels, Dining, Shopping, Activities

Video: What It’s Like to Travel If You’re LGBTQ

Gay Outdoorsman's Epic Adventure

 

 

Best US Vacation Spots for LGBTQ People

 

According to Travel+Leisure Magazine, as of 2016, the following US cities are considered the best vacation spots for LGBTQ people:

 

--Atlanta, Georgia

--Minneapolis, Minnesota

--Boston, Massachusetts

--Austin, Texas

--Key West, Florida

--San Francisco, California

--Dallas, Texas

--Washington DC

--Tampa, Florida

--Los Angeles, California

--Provincetown, Massachusetts

--New Orleans, Louisiana

--Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

Among the best international locations:

 

--Toronto, Canada

--Peurto Villarta, Mexico

--Tel Aviv, Israel

--Sao Paulo, Brazil

--Amsterdam, The Netherlands

--Hong Kong

 

LGBT Vacation and Travel

 

LGBTQ people in search of vacation destinations are well served by an array of LGBTQ-friendly and LGBTQ-operated hotels, resorts, cruise lines, and tour operators worldwide.  Organizations like Alyson Adventures, Atlantis Events, Hanns Ebensten Travel, Olivia, R Family, and RSVP Vacations cater exclusively to LGBTQ clients (and their families) seeking first-rate travel accommodations in an environment in which they can relax and be themselves.

 

Gay Travel

IGLTA: International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

VAX Vacation Access: LGBTQ Focused Tour Operators

Navigaytour: LGBTQ Travel Resource Guide

Info: LGBTQ Sports

Purple Roofs: Gay Travel and Accommodations

LGBTQ Friendly European Travel

Video: Celebrities Show Support for LGBTQ Equality in Travel

Damron: LGBTQ Travel

LGBTQ Convention & Visitors Bureau

LGBTQ Friendly Tour Operators

Gay Key West: Hotels, Dining, Shopping, Activities

 

 

LGBTQ Focused Tour Operators

 

Brand G Vacations (Mixed)

Adventures in Good Company (Women)

RSVP Vacations (Mostly Men)

Steele Luxury Travel (Mostly Men)

Sweet (Mostly Women)

WomanTours (Women Only)

Atlantis Events (Mixed)

Olivia (Women Only)

R Family (Mixed)

 

 

Equinox Wilderness Expeditions (Women Only) / Canada

Out Adventures (Mostly Men) / Canada

Catherwood Travels (Mixed) / Latin America

EcoCircuitos Panama (Mixed) / Latin America

Flamenco Tour (Mixed) / Latin America

 

 

Greenway Nature Tours (Mixed) / Latin America

Kuyay Travel (Mixed) / Latin America

Orpheus Travel (Mixed) / Latin America

Alyson Adventures (Mostly Men) / Europe

Hanns Ebensten Travel (Mostly Men) / Europe

 

 

For A Cause (Mixed) / Europe

Gay Planet Holidays (Mostly Men) / Europe

Mabat Platinum (Mixed) / Middle East

OneNation Travel (Mixed) / Middle East

Himalayan Dreams (Mixed) / Asia

Luxury India (Mixed) / Asia

Magnet Tours (Mostly Men) / Asia

Pink Mountain Travels and Tours (Mixed) / Asia

Redefine Vacations (Mixed) / Asia

 

Night Life: Top Five LGBTQ Cities

 

If a party is what you crave for your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer holiday, there are some well-known hotspots where you will not be disappointed in the rich variety of LGBTQ fun. Here are some of the most popular and populated cities for you to see and be seen:

 

New York City – Host to over 50 gay bars and hot clubs, the Big Apple has something for every flavor of LGBT nightlife. The city that doesn’t sleep is available for entertainment seven nights per week at places such as Mr. Black for indie dance parties of the het-homo variety, and Sugarland for gritty hipster.

 

 

San Francisco – For a world-class range of LGBTQ nightlife options, San Francisco is the choice. From the upbeat The Bar on Church to the gay Latino club Esta Noche, this city will have something for everyone.

 

Los Angeles – For young and old, LA has the scene for your LGBTQ holiday. From the lesbian Normandie Room to the bohemian Funky Akbar, the nightlife sizzles. WeHo and Silver Lake are the destination venues.

 

Toronto – This Canadian jewel served as the film location for “Queer as Folk” and will not disappoint those in search of hot nightlife. Woody’s and Fly Niteclub, both of QAF fame, still garner large crowds of gay and lesbian patrons.

 

Chicago – For a more relaxed and less image conscious destination, Chicago will fit the bill. In Boystown and Andersonville, you can find the largest concentration of gay clubs. Sidetrack is the most popular and Circuit has the largest 3-D glitter dance floor.

 

 

LGBTQ Travel and Recreation

 

Gay Cities: Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Reviews, Maps

Nomadic Matt: Lesbian Travel

Info: LGBTQ Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

New York City’s LGBTQ History Tour

The Most LGBTQ Friendly European Countries

Nomadic Matt: Great LGBTQ Events

Info: LGBTQ Sports

Playing it Straight: Article by Dan Savage

Nomadic Matt: LGBTQ Travel Tips

 

LGBTQ Friendly Destinations

 

From a survey of LGBTQ travelers conducted by the Travel Industry Association, here are the top 21 LGBTQ-friendly US destinations named by the panelists (in order) include:

 

--San Francisco, CA (76%)

--Key West, FL (57%)

--New York, NY (51%)

--Fire Island, NY (48%)

--Provincetown, MA (46%)

--Los Angeles, CA (38%)

--Miami/ South Beach, FL (37%)

--Las Vegas, NV (35%)

--New Orleans, LA(34%)

--Palm Springs/Palm Desert, CA (33%)

--Boston, MA (29%)

 

 

--Chicago, IL (29%)

--Fort Lauderdale/ Wilton Manors, FL (29%)

--San Diego, CA (29%)

--Seattle/ Bellevue, WA (27%)

--Washington, DC (23%)

--Honolulu, HI (22%)

--Palm Beach/ West Palm/Boca Raton, FL (20%)

--Portland, OR (18%)

--Philadelphia, PA (17%)

--Rehoboth Beach, DE (17%)

--Providence, RI (6%)

 

 

The top ten LGBTQ-friendly Canadian destinations named by the US respondents in the survey include:

 

--Montreal, QC (44%)

--Toronto, ON (39%)

--Vancouver, BC (38%)

--Quebec City, QB (20%)

--Victoria, BC (16%)

--Niagara Falls, ON (15%)

--Ottawa, ON (12%)

--Calgary, AB (9%)

--Halifax, NS (6%)

--Prince Edward Island (6%)

 

 

LGBTQ Friendly Hotels

 

Gay friendly hotels are popping up everywhere, which is fantastic news for the LGBTQ community. But what can you expect from a gay friendly hotel?

 

Information regarding the local scene - Obviously you will be wanting to check out the local LGBTQ scene. A good gay friendly hotel should have plenty of information regarding LGBTQ bars and clubs. The staff will also be friendly and approachable and be able to give you plenty of advice and information.

 

 

Run by locals that are on the scene - A good gay friendly hotel should also be run by local people in the LGBTQ community and support the local scene. It is good to know that your hard earned money is going into the local LGBTQ economy instead of some hotel conglomerate's pockets. A locally run hotel should also reflect the local culture, which will give you a much better experience.

 

Clean, friendly and relaxed - A good gay friendly hotel should be clean and have a relaxed and friendly attitude. There should be no expectations of you to have a certain style of dress and no problems with overnight visitors. The hotel should also be easy to find and not hide the fact that it is gay friendly. Also, the hotel should be a reasonable size with comfortable rooms with all the amenities you need, instead of being small, dingy, or sleazy.

 

Easy to make new friends - Another thing to look for in a gay friendly hotel is that it is easy to meet fellow guests from the LGBTQ community. This way if you come alone you won't have to look like you have no friends when you hit the bars and clubs.

 

 

LGBTQ Focused Hotels

 

Blue Chairs Resort / Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

East Canyon Hotel and Spa / Palm Springs, California

The Hacienda / Palm Springs, California

Parker Guest House / San Francisco, California

 

LGBTQ Focused Hotel Lists

 

TAG Approved: LGBTQ Welcoming Hotels Worldwide

Gay Travel: LGBTQ Friendly Hotels

IGLTA: LGBTQ Friendly Hotels

 

 

LGBTQ Outdoor Sporting Activities

 

Outdoor recreation for LGBTQ people might include camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, cycling, fishing, sailing, surfing, horseback riding, archery, water skiing, and snow skiing. Several clubs throughout North America offer opportunities for LGBTQ outdoor enthusiasts. 

 

Desert Adventures / Phoenix, Arizona

Different Strokes Bicycling Club / San Francisco, California

Gay Outdoors: Men’s Adventure Club

Glory Sailing and Yachting

 

 

Out Kayaking / Portland, Oregon

Out Spokin’ Cycling Club / Colorado

Out Ventures Hiking and Camping / Seattle, Washington

SAGA North Ski and Snowboard Club / San Francisco, California

Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society / New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

 


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