By Aefa Mulholland
1. HIGH DESERT NIGHTS
This wonderfully laidback high desert town (population 60,000), home of Northern Arizona University, has a few fun, gay-popular nightlife options. We loved the Breeders-esque band on stage at the historic, LGBT-popular Monte Vista and the eclectic, mixed crowd swilling stiff drinks throughout the downtown venue. Fall is a beautiful time to visit Flagstaff. The hordes of summer have melted away to be replaced by the annual influx of NAU students and cold, clear nights are perfect to watch the skies at the Lowell Observatory (Lowell.edu).