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Gay Phoenix/Scottsdale

Little more than a desert frontier settlement just a century ago, Gay Phoenix has grown rapidly into one of the West’s most dynamic and exciting getaways. The city sits low in an arid valley surrounded by mountains and high desert - its once-rugged terrain having been replaced to a large degree by massive blocks of residential subdivisions, strip retail and office developments, and oasis-like golf and tennis resorts. The many slick and trendy dining, shopping, and gay nightclub options - coupled with the sunny dry climate and abundance of outdoors diversions - make this an increasingly popular lesbian and gay travel destination. This sprawling city has an amazingly dry climate - only the Sahara Desert is less humid than Phoenix’s Sonoran Desert. If you’re planning a trip here it’s important to consider how the different seasons can affect your stay - outdoorsy types should avoid the deathly hot summers, although May through September can be great months to score great bargains at Phoenix’s gay friendly hotels and there is air-conditioning virtually everywhere, so it’s rarely oppressive.

Adjacent to Phoenix, Scottsdale is an upscale resort town and shopping destination and America’s West at its finest. Sometimes called “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” this desert oasis boasts popular nightlife, glamorous resorts and is a major art center for the metropolitan Phoenix area. For more information on the HOT places to go, eat, stay and see in Phoenix, check out EDGE Phoenix, the city’s premier LGBT publication.

Phoenix Gay Scene

Though Phoenix tends to be deeply conservative and there is no distinct gayborhood or gay scene, LGBT visitors will find themselves inundated with excellent dining and nightlife options. In our travel guide you will find that most of the gay nightclubs and businesses are predominantly in the two-mile wide area between 7th Avenue on the West and 7th Street to the East.

The Biltmore neighborhood and the Mill Avenue District are considered very gay-friendly as well. The region also helped put contemporary Southwestern fare on the map - many notable chefs call Phoenix home. As for where to stay, accommodations options here run the gamut from super-plush resorts and high-rise business hotels to a smattering of smaller gay-oriented properties.

What Phoenix has to offer is variety. Cultural highlights include provocative examples of 20th-century architecture, a handful of highly regarded performing-arts venues, and some excellent museums and galleries. Also, while it’s an enormous and rapidly growing metro area, greater Phoenix hasn’t quite paved over paradise: just a short drive from downtown you can reach hundreds of hiking areas, from scenic Pima Canyon to craggy Squaw Peak. The region has prestigious golf courses, plus lavish tennis centers, spas, and athletic clubs - swanky Scottsdale is particularly rife with such facilities.

Gay-Friendly Dining


A good place to grab a beer and catch up on your favorite sports team while enjoying some food with awesome people.

Armadillo Grill

The eclectic eatery is very casual but the food is exceptional, far beyond typical “bar-fare

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