The 30 Most Gay-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Phoenix, AZ

With an average of 325 days of sun each year, Scottsdale and Phoenix are located in a valley aptly named “The Valley of the Sun.” Because of this plentiful sun, Phoenix has a lazy, small-town feel, which makes the gay scene in Phoenix also warm and inviting.

This gay-friendly town also has an incredibly diverse LGBT scene, and visitors can enjoy art and food from different cultures in the central city. After a fun day at the Phoenix Zoo and/or the Wildlife World Aquarium, you can get your dinner, some unique cocktails, and hear some great music all at one bar – the Fez.

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Miami, FL

One of the most well known party areas in the world is South Beach in Miami, even though it’s technically in Miami Beach and not Miami proper. This area is filled with LGBT nightclubs and hotspots, offering a wide variety of things to do — just like sunny Miami offers a wide variety of hotties in Speedos or bikinis.

Lincoln Road also offers some of the best shopping in the country. If dance clubs aren’t your cup of tea, you can also take in a show at the Filmore Miami Beach, which offers shows from comedy to concerts.

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Cleveland, OH

Nobody would’ve thought that Ohio would be so gay friendly, but Cleveland joins Columbus and Cincinnati as a gay haven. As well as hosting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the city boasts a lively LGBT Community Center. Most of the gay shops and clubs center around there, in the Detroit Avenue area.

You can also stay at a gay friendly hotel like the Cliffort House in the city’s lovely historic warehouse district, and also be within walking distance to great clubs like the Anatomy Nightclub.

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American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.