SmartTravel recently released their top picks for LGBTQ travel destinations. Chosen on the basis of LGBTQ history and current social/political climates, they found the best locations for queer travelers.
The 2017 winning destination was Berlin. With a rich LGBTQ history dating back to the 1920s, the culture has survived through Nazi occupancy among many obstacles. Currently, LGBTQ travelers can find a vibrant nightlife and queer-friendly accommodations.
Fort Lauderdale has long been an LGBTQ friendly beachside destination. Recently, they’ve implemented an inclusive ad campaign featuring transgender models, demonstrating the city’s dedication to LGBTQ travelers. It’s a welcoming destination with a cosmopolitan edge and a must-see list of bars, nightclubs, and resorts.
The beautiful Greek island of Mykonos is a prime location for the diehard traveler and the professional partier. With a glowing reputation of inclusion, LGBTQ tourism has boomed within past years, making this a perfect destination.
With over half of the city’s population identifying as LGBTQ, Palm Springs is a no brainer. An easy drive for SoCal residents, it’s a resort town oasis that seems to cater specifically to LGBTQ travelers. With LGBTQ events taking place throughout the year, it’s almost a rite of passage to visit Palm Springs.
This Middle Eastern mecca has been dubbed one of the “gayest cities on earth.” With one of the largest Pride celebrations around, this progressive city is a prime LGBTQ destination for nightlife and beaches.
With same-sex marriage having passed in 2013, New Zealanders have never been more welcoming to LGBTQ travelers. A beautiful and friendly destination, they’ve been accommodating to LGBTQ guests for decades.
Readers' Choice: San Francisco
This year’s readers’ pick for best LGBTQ destination was San Francisco. A famously gay-friendly mecca, the city is rich with culture and history. Discover the many great leaders and movements who’ve passed through the city at the GLBT History Museum. Enjoy one of the many LGBTQ events that takes place throughout the year in the Castro, the city’s popular LGBTQ neighborhood.