6 Best LGBTQIA+ Friendly Destinations to Visit in the United States and Abroad

6 Best LGBTQIA+ Friendly Destinations to Visit in the United States and Abroad



Traveling as an LGBTQIA+ individual can be a transformative and affirming experience, especially when visiting destinations that are known for their inclusive and welcoming environments. From vibrant urban areas to serene retreats, the following destinations in the United States and abroad are celebrated for their LGBTQIA+ friendly atmosphere, events, and accommodations.

As an LGBTQIA+ friendly travel agency, our trip planning team specializes in creating unforgettable experiences for our clients and allies no matter someone's sexuality or gender expression. These US and abroad destinations are ones we've often booked and are deemed friendly based on consistent travel data research. 

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United States

1. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is often referred to as the gay capital of the world, with a rich history of LGBTQIA+ activism and culture. The Castro District is the epicenter of the LGBTQIA+ community, featuring iconic landmarks like the Castro Theatre and the Harvey Milk Plaza. Events such as the San Francisco Pride Parade attract millions each year.

Accommodations: The Parker Guest House is a charming LGBTQIA+ owned and operated bed and breakfast in the heart of the Castro District.

2. New York City, New York

New York City boasts a dynamic LGBTQIA+ scene with historic significance, including the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, the birthplace of the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement. The city hosts one of the largest pride celebrations in the world, and neighborhoods like Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen are renowned for their vibrant gay nightlife and cultural venues.

Accommodations: The gay-owned Chelsea Pines Inn offers a cozy, welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Chelsea.

3. Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is known for its luxurious resorts, beautiful desert scenery, and strong LGBTQIA+ community. The city hosts numerous LGBTQIA+ events throughout the year, including Palm Springs Pride and the Dinah Shore Weekend, a massive lesbian event.

Accommodations: The Canyon Club Hotel is a clothing-optional gay men's resort that offers a relaxing and inclusive environment.


1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most LGBTQIA+ friendly cities in the world, known for its progressive attitudes and vibrant gay scene. The city celebrates Amsterdam Pride with a unique canal parade, and neighborhoods like 'Reguliersdwarsstraat' and 'Amstel' offer a plethora of gay bars, clubs, and cultural events.

Accommodations: The Quentin Golden Bear Hotel is a gay-owned property offering comfortable stays in the heart of Amsterdam.

2. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is famous for its eclectic and inclusive LGBTQIA+ scene, with a history of queer culture dating back to the Weimar Republic. The city hosts the annual Christopher Street Day, one of Europe's largest pride events. Schöneberg is the traditional gay district, known for its diverse nightlife and cultural venues.

Accommodations: The Axel Hotel Berlin is a popular LGBTQIA+ hotel located in Schöneberg, offering modern amenities and a welcoming atmosphere.

3. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is celebrated for its open and diverse LGBTQIA+ community, highlighted by the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, a vibrant festival and parade. The city’s Oxford Street is the epicenter of gay nightlife, featuring a range of bars, clubs, and entertainment options.

Accommodations: The LGBTQIA+ friendly Medusa Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodations in the heart of Darlinghurst, near Oxford Street.

What makes these destinations LGBTQIA+ Friendly?

A key factor in determining the LGBTQIA+ friendliness of these destinations is their legal and social environment. According to the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map and Index, countries like the Netherlands and Germany rank high in terms of LGBTQIA+ rights, legal protections, and social acceptance. In the United States, cities like San Francisco and New York score high on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, reflecting their commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusivity through policies and community support.

These destinations not only offer vibrant LGBTQIA+ communities and events but also provide safe and affirming environments for travelers. Whether you're exploring historic sites, enjoying dynamic nightlife, or relaxing in queer-only accommodations, these cities promise unforgettable experiences for LGBTQIA+ travelers.


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