San Francisco, West Hollywood, Palm Springs: These tried and true LGBTQ playgrounds are guaranteed to deliver a warm welcome to gay tourists. But they’re not the only places in the West with big support for the LGBTQ community. From beach and college towns to underrated cities, the list of great gay travel destinations is growing. It’s time to start exploring.
Many cities have gay bars, but Honolulu has gay beaches. (Queen’s Surf Beach, part of Waikiki, is considered the best.) The thing most visitors to Hawaii’s urban center notice, though, is not how many gay establishments there are, but how welcoming every place seems to be. Acceptance is just part of multicultural, hang-loose Hawaii's DNA—it was, after all, the first state to offer domestic partnerships to same-sex couples. For information on events of interest to the LGBTQ community during your visit, check in with the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation.
Gay Bars: Favorites include multi-level club Scarlet; cozy mixed gay and lesbian In Between; and Hula's Bar & Lei Stand, long beloved by both visitors and locals.
Pride: Third Saturday in October