As much as we all love traveling abroad, sometimes all you want is to take a trip a little closer to home. Throughout the U.S., there are numerous incredible destinations that are LGBTQ+ inclusive — and don’t require a passport.
If you’re looking for more than just a Disney or theme park location, check out some of our favorite domestic LGBTQ+ travel options.
Do you want to go on a trip where you don’t have to worry about your passport? Keep reading to discover our favorite domestic LGBTQ+-inclusive destinations.
The Rose City has a lot to offer to the queer community, including “the oldest drag queen performer” by the Guinness Book of World Record and the world’s first women-centered sports bar, The Sports Bra, which is BIPOC and LGBTQ+ owned. American Queen Voyages also offers a cruise along the Columbian river to Spokane, Wash, for water lovers. A bonus (besides American Queen Voyages being our favorite US River Cruise) is lazily paddling down the river to visit multiple towns in a single week.
Although Texas isn’t known for being the most accommodating to LGBTQ+ folks, Austin is truly a haven that gives you all the flavor that Texas has to offer. Hikers can enjoy a 10-mile trail around Lady Bird Lake, fantastic food from LGTBQ+-owned bars and restaurants, and The Little Gay Shop, one of Austin’s premier shops of LGBTQ+ artwork.
Although every island in Hawaii is LGBTQ+ inclusive, as we wrote about in our past article, Oahu is home to the state’s center of gay culture, Honolulu. Travelers can enjoy the island by relaxing on Waikiki Beach or hiking an extinct volcano while still hitting gay clubs in the evening. Honolulu’s pride celebration, Paradise Pride, is held every October, celebrating cultural and community intersections.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has always been a cultural mecca, and its incredible nightlife is the perfect place for LGBTQ+ travelers to let loose and join the party. Although there are gay bars all over town, A strip along the French Quarter from St. Anne street to Bourbon is known as the “Lavender Line.” It holds the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States, Café Lafitte’s in Exile.
One of the most queer-friendly places in the U.S., Provincetown holds LGBTQ+ events all year long, from Carnival and Pride in summer to Holly Folly in December, which has a Santa run in bathing suits! No matter what season you go in, there is always something catered to the queer community.
If you’re looking for a beach escape, look no further than Miami. The South Beach district is the heart of the LGBTQ+ scene, and the beach between 11th and 12th street is a celebrated gay hangout space. If you’re looking for a cruise option, Virgin Voyages no longer requires passports and sail year-round from Terminal V.
When visiting the Southern U.S., Atlanta is one destination that should be at the top of your list. Midtown is the original gayborhood and the core of LGBTQ+ life in Atlanta. The intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is considered the starting point for travelers. The Buckhead neighborhood also holds Atlanta’s first and only gay sports bar, Woofs.
If you want more information about domestic LGBTQ+ travel, schedule a consultant with Rainbow Getaways, and we’ll help you with everything you need to know.
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