Gay Charleston

Recently named the number one U.S. city to visit for 2015 by Conde Nast Magazine, Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants and has been called "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living magazine.

Founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston switched over to its present name in 1783. Over the years, the oldest city in South Carolina has racked up a number of travel accolaides, including those mentioned above and "America's Most Friendly [City]" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and in 2013. Known as "The Holy City" because of the prominent number of churches in the area, the city is also known for its live theatre and abundance of museums. 

To mingle with the LGBT community, check out Dudley's on Ann for a nice, relaxed pub atmosphere. For more of a club vibe, try Club Pantheon