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Catering to the LGBT Crowd

Gay men and lesbians are on the move so much that LGBT travel has become an industry all by itself. There are many destinations, hotels and tour companies that specifically target lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers. From Pride celebrations to theme cruises, the choices are endless.

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Telluride Gay Ski Week
Telluride Gay Ski Week

Telluride Gay Ski Week

Telluride Gay Ski Week
This is the most popular gay ski week in the US. Every year, Telluride, CO, plays host to 100s of gay and lesbian skiers. The ski town is surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains. It’s the perfect setting for the White Night Party and the Wig Run, where skiers, donned with big wigs and afros, hit the slopes for fun. This fun-filled ski week benefits the Telluride AIDS Benefit.
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Winter Pride in Whistler

Winter Pride in Whistler

Whistler’s Winter Pride
Celebrate LGBT WinterPRIDE in Whistler, British Columbia. Enjoy fun activities including snowboarding, inner tubing, the Up Yer Kilt Party, the Echo Valley Ranch Cowboy/Cowgirl Party, a tasting tour of fine food, the Gender Bender Drag Ball, a comedy show and a beer tasting event.
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QUAC Ski-n-Swim

QUAC Ski-n-Swim

QUAC Ski-n-Swim
It’s the perfect weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, providing gays and lesbians interested in skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, and yes, even a relaxing trip to a spa. Queer Utah Aquatic Club (QUAC) Ski-n-Swim is usually hosted in Salt Lake City, UT, during the third weekend in February.
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Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week

Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week

Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Weekend
This popular ski week, hosted in Blowing Rock, NC, is the Southeast’s premier winter and travel event. Don’t know how to ski? Common across most ski destinations, you can take skiing and snowboard lessons for $12. There are usually 3 host lodges skiers can choose to stay during the week. Some of Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week’s activities have included the Snowball dance party, WET-The Pool Party and Summit Live!, a show featuring popular comedians.
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Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week
Head to Aspen Gay Ski Week if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music and comedy. In addition to these fun activities, gays and lesbians can unwind and celebrate the best of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, at decade-themed parties. Prizes are given to the best costumes. This ski week is usually scheduled during the second week in January, and money raised goes to support various charities of gay and lesbian interest in Colorado.
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Winter Rendezvous

Winter Rendezvous

Winter Rendezvous
MJW Adventures has organized Winter Rendezvous in Stowe, VT. It’s 5 days of wintry bliss with hundreds of LGBT enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. Snow sledding, cross-country skiing, a downhill drag race, snowshoeing, spa treatments, shopping, dining, dancing and an outdoor pool party, are just a few things to keep you busy during the week.
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Arosa Gay Ski Week

Arosa Gay Ski Week

Arosa Gay Ski Week
Head to Arosa, Switzerland, for this gay ski week that started in 2005 with more than 350 participants from around the world. It’s now 1 of the top Gay Winter Events in Europe. Held during the second week in January, Arosa Gay Ski Week provides gays and lesbians with opportunities to enjoy a curling game with friends, Swiss fondue night, night sauna, single table, live concerts, cocktail parties and sunbathing on the Tschuggenhütte.
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Musher and dog sled team

Musher and dog sled team

Adventures in Good Company
Plan a relaxing winter getaway to northern Minnesota, with help from Adventures in Good Company. This LGBT tour company plans trips to Lutsen and Tofte, popular spots for dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. Take a day trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness via the scenic Gunflint Trail; get a spa treatment at WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center ; or go for a sleigh ride with your significant other to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Skiers waving from ski lift

Skiers waving from ski lift

Vail Gay Ski Weekend
It’s not quite as popular as Colorado’s other big gay ski festivals in Aspen and Telluride, but it’s slowly become a key destination for gay and lesbian travelers. The annual event, organized by Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, include après-ski socials, an opening-night celebration, a “spa, wine and robe” party, Vail bar tours and plenty more to keep you busy.
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Scandanavian Ski Pride

Scandanavian Ski Pride

Scandinavian Ski Pride
This gay pride weekend, in Hemsedal, Norway, is usually scheduled for the first weekend in April. The Hemsedal Ski Center, the host resort, is Norway’s best ski resorts, nestled in the Hallingdal Valley, northwest of Oslo. Although this pride weekend is not during the winter, it is a hot spot for winter-weather lovers, who enjoy skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities. Participants, who pay for the festival pass, have access to all the events, including a hike, the shows, gala dinner and mixers.
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Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia
Sydney

Sydney

Sydney has 6 gay-friendly beaches that have become popular LGBT destinations, including North Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Tamarama Beach. Obelisk Beach and Lady Jane Beach are popular, secluded spots for nude sunbathers. Water taxis are provided as transportation to Obelisk Beach, and during the summer, expect frequent visits from one of the famous Sydney Harbor Ice Cream Boats to help keep things cool. 960 1280

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Cancun

Cancun

Cancun is a hot beach destination for spring breakers, but it’s also the location of a popular gay beach, Playa Delfines. The water is generally treacherous to swim in, but the white sand is perfect for sunning, and the view is incredible. This beach is also popular for surfing and a great place to take surfing lessons. Gay couples and singles enjoy Playa Delfines, and it has become known unofficially as the gay beach in Cancun. 960 1280

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Maui

Maui

We’d be remiss if we didn’t have at least one Hawaiian beach on our list. Gay and lesbians converge on “Little Beach” in Makena State Park, located about 1 mile past the Maui Prince Hotel. This beach is so secluded that you have to hike up and over a lava-flow trail to get to it, but it won’t be hard to miss.  960 1280

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Fire Island, New York

Fire Island, New York

Head to Fire Island’s Pines Beach if you’re looking for a fun party beach with gay-friendly shopping, hotels, vacation rentals and a vibrant nightlife. The island, adjacent to the south shore of Long Island, is packed with eye candy. Nudity is allowed on the shore. The island plays host to several LGBT events, including the multicultural Fire Island Black Out in Cherry Grove. 960 1280

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is famous for its never-ending beach line. Nearly 9 miles of blue sea, open horizon, sun and lots of people make it the perfect beach destination. The city has a few gay-friendly beaches, including Ga’ash nude beach, a popular gay beach outside Tel Aviv. Visit Hilton Beach if nude sunbathing isn’t your thing. It’s a little strip beach located near the Hilton Hotel. 960 1280

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Known as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is where the boys are. Sebastian Street Gay Beach, located near most of the gay resorts, is one of the most popular beach destinations for gay tourists. Along with dozens of gay-friendly shops along the beach, the city also thrives with fun gay bars and restaurants, such as Hamburger Mary’s, a great place to start or end the night. 960 1280

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver has a couple beaches that attract a LGBT crowd. English Bay Beach (pictured) is located on the city’s West End, close to the Davie Street Gay Village. Sunset Beach and Wreck Beach are 2 alternate beach options. However, a little hike is required to reach secluded Wreck Beach, where nudity is permitted. Take the path marked Trail No. 7 to get there. The gays converge on the area south of the North Arm Breakwater. 960 1280

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Eco-friendly Costa Rica has long been a vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, but it also has a popular gay beach, Manuel Antonio’s Playita Beach. La Playita, aka Playa Dulce Vida, is a semiprivate beach, accessible by climbing over large rocks north of Playa Espadilla. Just don’t get trapped during high tide. And just so you know, there’s no nude sunbathing in Costa Rica. After having some fun in the sun, grab a drink at Bar Tutu or the Liquid Lounge. By the way, there are gay-friendly vacation rentals and hotels available in the area. 960 1280

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Miami Beach

Miami Beach

South Beach, or SoBe, conjures up images of sunny days at the beach, a continuous flow of sexy men and women, high-end shopping on Lincoln Road, fine dining on Ocean Drive and nonstop nights of partying at popular gay bars and clubs, including Twist, Score, Palace and Mova. Every year, SoBe plays host to the world-renowned White Party in November and, in March, the Winter Party, the biggest gay beach party in North America. Check out Miami’s Haulover Beach if you’re looking for a nude beach. 960 1280

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Brighton, East Sussex, England

Brighton, East Sussex, England

Brighton is the UK’s gay capital. The town’s seafront has bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades between the piers. Brighton Beach has a nudist area, south of the easterly part of Kemptown, aka the “gay village.” West Beach, Telscombe Cliffs, Duke’s Mound and Shoreham are a few hot beach spots. Visit Brighton and find out why the bohemian atmosphere of this beach town has led to the largest LGBT crowds in the UK. 960 1280

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Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

Straight or gay, everyone knows about the small island of Ibiza’s reputation as a party haven, but it’s also known for its beaches, each with its own distinctive beauty. Figueretes, the town beach, is for sunbathers who enjoy a low-key crowd and calm sea. Es Cavallet, located on the southern side of the island, is the main gay beach, where nudity is welcomed. Visit Cala Conta for stunning sunset views. Port Des Torrent is perfect for gay couples, and Ses Salinas is known for its diverse crowd and great beach bars. 960 1280

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Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, a gay and lesbian resort community at the tip of Cape Cod, ranks among the world’s great seaside vacation destinations. Along with hosting its annual Gay Pride celebration, P’town continues to improve with more upscale inns, fine art galleries and superb restaurants. Peak season for the New England town is usually July through August. Stay in the town’s West End, go for a fun bike ride and go sunbathing on Herring Cove Beach or Race Point Beach. 960 1280

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Sitges, Spain

Sitges, Spain

Sitges’ Playa de la Bassa Rodona is increasingly becoming a straight beach, but it is packed with gay men during the peak season. It’s not difficult to miss the bronzed bodies, skintight Speedos and designer glasses. This beach is located below the Picnic Restaurant and across from Hotel Calipolis. Nude sunbathers looking for more privacy should head to Playa del Muerto or Playa de las Balmins. Visit Barcelona's Barcelonetta Beach if you're looking for a quick day trip. Barcelona is only a 45-minute train ride away from Sitges. 960 1280

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Most people know about Cape Town's turbulent history, but few people know about Clifton, the small, affluent suburb located outside the city. There are 4 beaches, but the Clifton Third Beach has become the popular spot for gay sunbathers, primarily men. This paradise is a great spot to watch the sun set in the summer, but be mindful of the no-public-drinking policy. It's strictly monitored, so don't say you weren't warned. 960 1280

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San Diego

San Diego

San Diego is a beach city, and Black’s Beach is the popular beach hangout for gay travelers. This is one of the oldest nude beaches in the US. The expansive beach has room for everyone, and even the dolphins and seals make an appearance offshore. San Diegans are friendly and seem to all know one another, stopping for naked chats on the beach. The muscled surfers don’t seem to mind lying out nude either. Just a word of caution: The climb from the beach back up the cliffs is a tough hike. 960 1280

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Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos has become a well-known spot for beach lovers and partygoers. The Greek island’s Elia Beach is probably one of the queerest stretches of sand in the Mediterranean. It’s a United Nations of gays from all over the world, basking in lounge chairs while sipping cocktails and gazing at the electric-blue waters. Just a word of caution: It may be wise to plan ahead. Taxis may be hard to come by, and buses and ferries stop at relatively early hours. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is the hot spot for some the sexiest sunbathers in the world. We know all about the popularity of Copacabana Beach, but Ipanema Beach (pictured) is what’s really hot! Ipanema’s gay spot, Farme Gay Beach, is a little to the east of Rua Farme de Amoedo. It’s the best place to make friends with the locals outside of the bar and club scene. Party promoters often distribute fliers with discounts to gay parties and clubs. After the beach, head to the popular hangout Cafeína e Tô nem Aí for a beer or a snack. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is already a hot spot for thousands of sunbathers, but the hot spot for the LGBT crowd is on the south end of Playa Los Muertos Beach. The flirty interplay between the mostly Mexican locals and gay visitors from around the globe is always fun to watch. 960 1280

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Nice, France

Nice, France

This is not the typical gay destination in Europe, but it is slowly becoming a popular spot. Nice is now the second-most-visited city in France for gay tourists, after Paris, and with more than 35 gay outlets, we're sure there’s something for everyone. In addition the vibrant gay and lesbian club scene, this beach town has several museums, high-end shops and a famous flower market, and it plays host to the annual Pink Parade. Nice has a gay and gay-friendly beach, Coco Beach and Castel Plage, respectively. For adventurous sunbathers, there are 2 more gay beaches located outside the small French town. 960 1280

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth is the quintessential beach town, with dozens of small shops, restaurants that serve up fresh seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, and a boardwalk with a few amusement thrills and arcades. Poodle Beach is the gay section on Rehoboth Beach, fittingly located near Queen Street. It can get crowded here during the peak season, but there is an energetic social scene. Lesbians prefer North Shores Beach. And after the beach, most gay men grab a few beers or cocktails at the Aqua Grill or Blue Moon, 2 of the town’s popular gay hangouts. 960 1280

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Astoria Waldorf Spa (Carefree, Arizona)

Astoria Waldorf Spa (Carefree, Arizona)

Relax at this upscale spa at The Boulders, located in Carefree, AZ. Get a turquoise clay wrap, an avocado citrus scrub, hot stone message, back wax or chakra balancing. The Astoria Waldorf Spa is the perfect combination of traditional and outré, upscale and low-key, active and relaxing.

 

 

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CLAY Health Club + Spa (New York, New York)

CLAY Health Club + Spa (New York, New York)

NYC’s Clay Health Club & Spa is a full-service spa that offers patrons exercise classes, nutrition programs and personal trainers. The eye and neck mask, green tea peel and Thai massage are a few unique spa services you can try out at the 40-room Inn. The spa offers a membership and is opened to the public. 960 1280

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Exhale Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Exhale Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Socialize, detox and unwind at the Exhale Spa located at the Atlantic City’s Revel Resort. This spa has 32 therapy rooms for facials, massages and body-slimming treatments. Enjoy a drink from the bar and relax near the bask spa pool. In addition to taking care of the body, Exhale Spa also offers Core Fusion and yoga classes that are physically and mentally challenging. 960 1280

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Aire Ancient Baths (New York, New York)

Aire Ancient Baths (New York, New York)

Go on a relaxing retreat to Aire Ancient Baths. Try a session of thermal-bathing rituals that date back to the Greek and Roman baths in the 5th century B.C. Start off in the warm-water pool, then the hot-water pool, the high-steam room and lastly the cold-water pool. We recommend guests book the “Bath & Acoustic” package to enjoy the baths and a relaxing massage, while enjoying the soothing sound of a Flamenco Roots concert. 960 1280

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Life Balance Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Life Balance Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Outdoor spa treatments, skin care and body renewal rituals are just a few spa treatments available at the Life Balance Spa at the Miraval Resort and Spa. Get a bamboo body smoother, desert rain scrub, aqua Zen massage and more. Try the Ultimate Ayurvedic Treatment, which includes Shirodhara therapy to relax and balance your nervous system. 960 1280

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Nidah Spa (Santa Fa, New Mexico)

Nidah Spa (Santa Fa, New Mexico)

Inside Santa Fe’s Eldorado Hotel, Nidah Spa helps guests rejuvenate with treatments, using natural, local ingredients like stones, plants and herbs. A chocolate peppermint sugar scrub, a turquoise-gemstone massage and a chile-honey body wrap are just some of the many treatments guests can expect when checking into this spa.

 

 

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Grand Resort and Spa (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

Grand Resort and Spa (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

Visit Ft. Lauderdale Beach’s largest gay-owned men’s resort. Grand Resort has a fitness center, clothing-optional courtyard, 10-man Jacuzzi and a hair salon. The award-winning spa offers various packages, including the 5-night Pampered Getaway package with your choice of a 50-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, a facial, a body scrub (glacier salt body scrub or a “Jack Black” signature body scrub), an exfoliating manicure, standard pedicure and a complimentary bottle of champagne. 960 1280

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San Francisco Spa (San Francisco)

San Francisco Spa (San Francisco)

Part of the gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels, Hotel Monaco’s San Francisco Spa uses organic, eco-friendly ingredients in a peaceful setting. Among the fragrant treatments is the lavender dreams body scrub and chamomile body scrub. Try the sunless tanning treatment if you want to sport a nice tan without baking in the sun. 960 1280

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Spa Kea Lani (Maui)

Spa Kea Lani (Maui)

Try Hawaii’s signature Lomilomi massage at 5,500-square-foot Spa Kea Lani at the Fairmont Kea Lani, located in Maui. You can use their outdoor, ocean-side cabana for a secluded treatment. The sun on Maui can be crazy strong, which is one of the reasons why the Ho’ona (soothing) Facial is one of the spa’s most popular requests. 960 1280

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The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel (Washington, DC)

The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel (Washington, DC)

Located in Washington, DC, The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, offers an Oriental Bamboo Massage in a Zen-Nirvana themed room, heavy on the Buddha accessories and forest green ornaments. The Jade Enzyme Facial exfoliates dead skin and enhances the rejuvenation process. It’s a full-throttle spa experience that lives up to the hype to wow the most finicky spa connoisseurs. 960 1280

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Spa Montage (Beverly Hills, California)

Spa Montage (Beverly Hills, California)

Located in the center of the “Golden Triangle” around Rodeo Drive, this 20,000-square-foot facility has separate private lounges for men and women with skylights and a fireplace, and locker rooms with steam, sauna, whirlpool and Swiss showers. Spa Montage provides fitness classes, Holistic spa services, facial therapies to address shaving irritation and more. We suggest the Montage Beverly Hills’ signature Day of Indulgence package. 960 1280

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Shui Spa (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Shui Spa (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Experience a tranquil, comfortable, unisex full-service spa environment at Shui Spa in Provincetown, MA. Special features include a warm mineral therapy tub, sauna and steam room. The spa also offers various packages, massages, healthy food menu, body treatments, and energy treatments to reduce stress, release toxins in your system and help you rejuvenate. 960 1280

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Sir Spa (Chicago, Illinois)

Sir Spa (Chicago, Illinois)

Chicago's Sir Spa offers special packages for a relaxing birthday party or an intimate date with that special someone. Guests will enjoy the private Grooming Club Lounge for mingling before, during and after treatments. A scalp massage, in-grown hair treatment, reflexology massage and a 4-layer face treatment are just a few of the many different ways Sir Spa helps its customers renew and rejuvenate. 960 1280

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AWAY Spa (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

AWAY Spa (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

AWAY Spa at the W Retreat & Spa, in Vieques, Puerto Rico, features a full-service beauty menu, covering hair, nails and waxing --just to name a few. A special mani/pedi section is perfect for social gatherings with friends or a great way to meet new ones. Treatment suites feature garden settings, some with ocean views and private outdoor shower areas. We suggest the My Away Massage to ease backaches, especially after a long flight. 960 1280

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Caesars Palace Casino
Caesars Palace Casino

Caesars Palace Casino

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Caesars Palace, part of the Harrah's hotel chain, was named as gay friendly by 365gay.com. The hotel’s Colosseum Theater, recently host to performances by Cher and Bette Midler, has been called "the gayest performance space in town," according to GayCities, a popular travel guide.
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Encore Wynn in Las Vegas

Encore Wynn in Las Vegas

Encore Wynn, Las Vegas
The Encore, one of Vegas' top luxury hotels, is also one of the most welcoming to LGBT travelers. A special "pride concierge” can provide information about Vegas' gay-friendly bars, entertainment and nightlife. Encore's sister hotel next door, the Wynn, shares the Encore's gay-friendly approach. It has hosted LGBT events in the Blush Boutique Nightclub, and same-sex ceremonies can be arranged in the hotel's wedding salons.
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Hotel Palomar, San Francisco

Hotel Palomar, San Francisco

Hotel Palomar, San Francisco
This downtown boutique hotel caters to sophisticated lovebirds, who appreciate the free wine hour, every night, and paintings on the walls, borrowed from local museums. The hotel's New American restaurant is a great spot for an upscale cuisine with an extensive wine list. Art lovers can request the Rene Magritte Suite, with its blue sky ceiling, a bowler hat, and a bowl of green apples.
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Bedroom at Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd in Bel Air

Bedroom at Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd in Bel Air

Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Popular for weddings and conventions, Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd, located in Bel Air, is a 160-room luxury boutique hotel. It may be far removed from the action of Santa Monica and Hollywood, but it offers 522-square-foot standard rooms with free Wi-Fi and extra amenities (tennis court, pool, spa, free business center) that spread over an expansive 7-acre estate.
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Rooftop Pool at Hilton Checkers in LA

Rooftop Pool at Hilton Checkers in LA

Hilton Checkers, Los Angeles
This clean, comfortable and historic downtown LA boutique caters primarily to business travelers. It has luxurious rooms and a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, with killer views. The tasteful, private atmosphere and modern decor compensate for the small rooms.
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Nine Zero Hotel, Boston

Nine Zero Hotel, Boston

Nine Zero Hotel, Boston
The Nine Zero's stylish and recently renovated rooms, free nightly wine hour, excellent on-site steakhouse, and central location across the street from the Boston Common, make this a solid midrange boutique option.
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W Hotel, San Francisco

W Hotel, San Francisco

W Hotel, San Francisco
You can't ask for a closer location to the Moscone Convention Center than this W outpost in the SoMa Art District. The property offers a responsive, on-site concierge and rooms with an extensive pillow menu, plus bright work desks, minibars, iPod docks, 24-hour room service, and Wi-Fi. Add the 24-hour fitness center, heated lap pool, 5,000-square-foot Bliss Spa, and a restaurant with an award-winning wine list, and this becomes a stellar choice for the corporate crowd.
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Hotel Madera, Washington, DC

Hotel Madera, Washington, DC

Hotel Madera, Washington, DC
This 82-room boutique with stylish interiors sits on a tree-lined residential street in Dupont Circle, D.C.'s center of nightlife and dining. A can-do staff, up-to-date guest rooms, a jewel of a restaurant, and a vibrant location add up to a solid value.
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Surfcomber Hotel in Miami

Surfcomber Hotel in Miami

Surfcomber Hotel, Miami
The Doubletree Surfcomber plays host to some of the area's biggest gay events, and it’s arguably Miami's gay-friendliest hotel. It was the official host hotel for the 2009 Winter Party -- a week-long gay festival -- as well as lesbian Aqua girl party. Its heated pool with a waterfall was the setting for fun pool parties for both events.
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60 Thompson in NYC

60 Thompson in NYC

60 Thompson, NYC
The flagship of the boutique Thompson hotels brand, 60 Thompson has nondiscriminatory hiring policies, a domestic partner benefits program for LGBT employees, and includes LGBT sensitivity issues in its sales and hospitality training. The SoHo boutique has a hip nightlife scene, including the members-only rooftop bar, A60, is a celebrity hot spot.
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Donavan House in Washington, DC

Donavan House in Washington, DC

Donovan House, Washington, DC
Named for WWII spy and father of the CIA, "Wild Bill" Donovan, this hotel’s sensual rooms come with black leather headboards, a frosted cocoon shower, Veuve Clicquot in the minibar, and a "Pleasure Pack" with not one, but two types of personal lubricant. Throw in a sultry rooftop pool, an exotic Pan-Asian restaurant, and an ideal location surrounded by dining and nightlife, and you have all the makings of a clandestine weekend that you won’t forget.
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Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel
The extraordinary views of -- you guessed it -- Boston Harbor are this property's unique asset. A $75 upgrade guarantees a stunning vantage point, and the luxuriously appointed rooms are so huge you'll never have to leave.
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The Muse - Kimpton, NYC

The Muse - Kimpton, NYC

The Muse, NYC
The Muse, part of the Kimpton Hotel chain, often offers special LGBT discounts, like the "Summer of Pride" deal. The company is a sponsor of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, among other LGBT-friendly groups. The Muse has a hip wine bar, a newly renovated interior, and a Times Square location so you can hit the gay bars in Hell's Kitchen or catch a play or musical at the theater.
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Hotel Victor in Miami

Hotel Victor in Miami

Hotel Victor, Miami
Hotel Victor is right at the intersection of 12th St. and Ocean Drive -- directly across the street from the gay portion of South Beach. The hotel's sexy, clothing-optional Turkish hammam draws both gay and straight exhibitionists. The Palace, across the street to the north of the hotel, is the gay cafe and bar that hosts a weekly drag cabaret show.
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San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco's annual gay pride parade draws hundreds of thousands of people to downtown San Francisco to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride. The rainbow flag, designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, symbolizes gay pride and the LGBT community's diversity. 960 1280

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

A parade goers pose prior during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Australia. The March event, which includes a parade, dance parties, fair and drag races, is one of Australia's biggest events, generating about $30 million for the state of New South Wales each year. 960 1280

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EuroPride in Madrid

EuroPride in Madrid

A man holds a gay flag during the EuroPride in Madrid. EuroPride, in the Spanish capital, marks the highlight of a week of events. The first EuroPride event took place in London in 1992. Riga, Latvia, and Amsterdam are the host cities for EuroPride in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 960 1280

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NYC Pride

NYC Pride

In New York City, a spectators can expect to see the group 'Dykes on Bikes' and parade floats that commemorate the Stonewall riots, which erupted after a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. The riots launched the gay-rights movement, and gave birth to the annual march that now includes 170 floats, thousands of marchers, supporters and spectators. 960 1280

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Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

The Dutch LGBT community participates in the annual Gay Pride parade along the canals in Amsterdam. The city's Gay Pride celebration, held over the course of a week in August, includes separate parties and events for lesbians. Amsterdam's liberal reputation is one of the reasons why it's a top travel destination for thousands of gays and lesbians. 960 1280

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Pride Barcelona

Pride Barcelona

There's something for everyone at Pride Barcelona. Event organizers pack dozens of events into the 10-day celebration held in late June, including Pride Kids. The 2-day event is set up to provide children with the opportunity to play games and sports, and to participate in fun workshops and other activities. 960 1280

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Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

People in Berlin take Christopher Street Day (CSD) seriously.  Germany and Switzerland call their Gay Pride event CSD in memory of the uprising of LGBT people against police assaults on NYC's Christopher Street in the 1960s. 960 1280

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CSD Berlin

CSD Berlin

A group of men dance on top of a float during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin. Also known as Berlin Pride Celebration, the first CSDs took place in the city in 1979; today Berlin is the leading gay city in Europe, hosting 4 major gay festivals each year. 960 1280

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Delhi Queer Pride

Delhi Queer Pride

Members of the LGBT community and supporters march in the Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. The LGBT community demanded equal rights -- something that has slowly begun to be realized in recent years: In July 2009, the High Court of Delhi repealed Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which had previously criminalized gay rights. 960 1280

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Pride London

Pride London

Drag queens get dolled up to participate in the annual Gay Pride street march through central London. The community, as well as celebrities and performers on floats, are all part of London's Gay Pride celebration, which in recent years has attracted some 1 million people, making it the UK's largest gay and lesbian festival. 960 1280

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Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto

The camera catches a gay couple sharing a special moment at Gay Pride in Toronto. Since the 1970s, Pride Toronto has grown to attract over 1 million people over the course of the 3-day festival, held in late June. The first economic impact study in 1996 showed that Pride tourists spent more than $46 million in Toronto. 960 1280

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Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Participants in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade march through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district in April 2013. The parade celebrates the diversity of Japan’s LGBT community; organizers estimated about 12,000 people participated in this year’s inaugural parade. 960 1280

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Marriage Equality in France

Marriage Equality in France

People hold rainbow flags to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in France. After months of debate and hundreds of protests, France's National Assembly approved same-sex marriage on April 23, 2013, becoming the 14th country to do so. 960 1280

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Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Each year thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people walk down Paulista Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Held in early June, the 17th annual parade attracted nearly 4 million people in 2013, making it the biggest gay parade in the world. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico Pride

Puerto Rico Pride

People march during the annual gay pride parade in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2013 brought extra reason to celebrate: The Puerto Rican House of Representatives approved bills in late May that protect LGBT people in employment, housing, governmental services and public accommodations. The new measures also add sexual orientation to Puerto Rico’s domestic violence laws. 960 1280

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Bangalore Pride

Bangalore Pride

Members of the LGBT community take part in the Bangalore “Queer Pride” Parade in December 2012. The fifth-annual parade, held in India’s third most populous city, drew more than 1,000 people last year. The celebration was organized by the Coalition for Sexual Minority Rights (CSMR), a group of lawyers and human-rights activists who first rallied together in response to police harassment of gay individuals in the city. 960 1280

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RSVP Vacations, Two men kayaking
RSVP Vacations, Two men kayaking

RSVP Vacations, Two men kayaking

RSVP Vacations
Self-proclaimed “originator of the gay and lesbian cruise concept,” RSVP Cruises has welcomed more than 35,000 LGBT guests since its opening in 1985. Their focus is on fun, including kayaking, shopping, and after-hours activities like gay bingo, leather and underwear parties or costume contests.
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The Red Sea

The Red Sea

Undersea Expeditions
Explore the world, underwater! Undersea Expeditions’ exquisite scuba vacations provide gay and lesbian travelers with a unique way to see the world. Novice and experienced divers can take scuba trips to Maldives Indian Ocean, Philippines Coral Triangle, Egypt’s Red Sea and other fun destinations.
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Aquafest Cruises, men dressed in drag

Aquafest Cruises, men dressed in drag

Aquafest Cruises
Aquafest is 1 of the largest sellers of gay and lesbian group cruises in the US. Afternoon T-dances, single get-togethers and gay beach parties are just a couple organized activities. This travel company also helps schedule smaller gay and lesbian groups on world-class cruise lines. Let the fun begin!
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Atlantis Events , Afternoon T-Dance

Atlantis Events , Afternoon T-Dance

Atlantis Events
Atlantis prides itself on being the largest gay and lesbian tour operator in the world, attracting 20,000 travelers each year. Book 1 of their cruises on a top-rated ship, and explore Rome, Mykonos, Istanbul, St. Barths, Barbados, Copenhagen and many more fun destinations.
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Alyson Adventures, Women on a safari

Alyson Adventures, Women on a safari

Sweet
Sweet mixes the best in lesbian travel with environmental awareness, allowing guests to enjoy the world, while also making it a better place. All of their vacations are carbon neutral, yet they still travel to amazing destinations. And yes, there are top-notch lesbian entertainers and wild parties, but they also raise money for worthy causes.
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Hanns Ebensten Travel, Gay traveler in Southeast Asia

Hanns Ebensten Travel, Gay traveler in Southeast Asia

Hanns Ebensten Travel
Hanns Ebensten Travel creates trips to take travelers to exotic destinations, including Southeast Asia, Egypt, Israel, Peru and Namibia. Small groups, personal touches and a unique style set them apart from other tour companies.
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Alyson Adventures, Camping in the Swiss Alps

Alyson Adventures, Camping in the Swiss Alps

Alyson Adventures
This tour company is about small, intimate groups for outdoor adventures, which include hiking in the Swiss Alps or scuba diving in the Caribbean. Alyson Adventures offers active getaways for gay men, lesbians and their friends.
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Olivia, Women on the beach

Olivia, Women on the beach

Olivia
Olivia has been the leader in lesbian cruises and resort vacations for the last 20 years. They charter entire ships or rent out entire resorts. Costa Rica, Whales and Sea of Cortez, Barcelona to Rome and Splendor of Scandinavia and Russia are a few of their charter cruises. An additional perk is that travelers can connect with other ladies on their boat beforehand via Olivia’s social networking site.
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Two men walking on the beach

Two men walking on the beach

Source Events
For almost 10 years, Source Events has customized trips for gay travelers, taking them to places like the Caribbean Islands, South Africa, Austria and Machu Picchu. This tour company is the perfect choice if you’re adventurous and a thrill-seeker.
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Pied Piper Travel, Friends on a cruiseship's deck

Pied Piper Travel, Friends on a cruiseship's deck

Pied Piper Travel
Each trip with Pied Piper Travel offers exquisite dining, elegant events, special shore excursions and other personal touches that make their trips anything but mainstream. Book your reservations with this tour company to visit Bermuda, Australia, the French Riviera, Panama, the Canary Islands, Croatia, Alaska and many more destinations.
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