Out Traveler Awards: Time to Vote
By OUTTraveler Editors
Where to Go Next
These are the breakout destinations of 2013, but which one is the hottest new place to visit?
Long overshadowed by Brussels and Bruges, this Dutch-speaking Belgian city is coming into its own. In the last few years, Antwerp has developed into a major arts and fashion center in Europe, luring the gays like St. Patrick.
Beautiful and bike-friendly, Copenhagen is filled with shiny, happy people — the city is one of the most joyous in the world, according to studies. With quaint streets packed with restaurants, bars and shops, it makes sense.
This star of Texas had the world's eyes on it when the world mourned JFK 50 years after his assassination. But the city has changed immensely since then, becoming a culinary and arts powerhouse, with an influential and friendly LGBT community.
Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is like no other place. It's cosmopolitan and exotic; safe, but seemingly a little dangerous. The markets are open-air, the Bosphorus River scenic, and the people gorgeous.
A finalist for the next Gay Games, Limerick — the third most populous urban area in Ireland — is filled with small-city charm. The city is 1,200 years old, but still modern, with gay bars and clubs.
Everyone loves South America, but Uruguay is usually passed over for Brazil or Argentina. The capital, Montevideo, has an old-world feel, with a very high quality of life. There are beaches, museums, art galleries, and architecture, including numerous Art Deco structures.
A hop, skip, and a jump from D.C. and New York, Philadelphia has many charms to offer, including its colorful gay village. The city, which markets itself heavily to LGBT visitors, is stocked with museums, art galleries, and a walkable cityscape.