5. Austin, TX
A liberal, artistic and open-minded jewel in thereddest of states, Austin is a haven for LGBT travelers. If you love great live music and friendlyfolks this is the hotspot for you. Andyes, it does get HOT in the summer. Byday, head to Hippie Hollow and take a dip. At night, check out the great bars, restaurants and cafes in theWarehouse District.
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4. Portland, OR
“Rose City” is one ofthe few urban areas surrounded by mountains, forests, and waterways. Withthe beautiful backdrop of Mount Hood in the distance, Forest Park on the edgeof downtown and five major waterways within a 10-minute drive of the city,Portland’s location is truly one of a kind. The city’s Hawthorne District has the strongest, most concentrated lesbiancommunity in the county. Trendy,affordable and funky coffeehouses, bars, secondhand shops and boutiques lineHawthorne Boulevard and Belmont Street.
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3. Denver, CO
Unlike many majorcities, Denver has more than one gay neighborhood. LoDo or Lower Downtown,Capitol Hill and South Broadway are all focal points for Denver’s gay scene andeach has a mix of restaurants, shops, galleries and bars that make them worth morethan a quick drive-by. The cityis also a dream for outdoorsy guys and gals. Ski, mountain bike or hike in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, thesky’s the limit.
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2. Atlantic City, NJ
Beauty pageants and ‘Real Housewives,’ yes AtlanticCity is GAY! About two hours away fromNYC, AC is a great getaway with the best casinos, restaurants and clubs. The resorts are world-class and many cater to both the straight and LGBT customer. The famed Atlantic City boardwalk runs nearlysix miles, making it the longest in the world. Take a stroll and enjoythe vendors and sights along the way. Morethan 50 years ago AC was a haven for gays and lesbians but LGBT groups today areworking hard to revive the queer presence.
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1. New Orleans, LA
Mardi Gras, jazz andamazing food! New Orleans is a major tourist destination for so manyreasons. Southern Decadence, the biggest LGBT circuit party in the southhappens here every Labor Day Weekend. No matter when you go, there’s agay ol’ time to be had. “TheCrescent City’s” population took a hit following the devastation of HurricaneKatrina, but those who’ve stayed or relocated here, including Sandy Sachs, thenewest owner of the Bourbon Pub and Parade, are dedicated to making NOLA one ofthe next major LGBT destinations.
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