Five Exciting Travel Locations for Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. By Kelsey T.

The United States is a diverse country with fascinating cities to visit. There are countless romantic destinations for same-sex couples.

However, traveling as a same-sex couple can sometimes require a little extra planning. Many destinations are not known for being LGBTQ+-friendly, and safety and acceptance can be a primary concern.

However, the following cities have an excellent track record for inclusivity, thriving LGBTQ+ communities, and enjoyable activities.

Here are five exciting travel locations for same-sex couples in the United States: 

Austin, TX

Austin ranks among the most LGBTQ+-friendly cities worldwide and has outstanding southern hospitality. The city has a flourishing LGBTQ+ community and an inclusive attitude. 

It is an excellent vacation choice for same-sex couples because of its welcoming environment, vibrant live-music scene, and delicious food and beverage options. 

Couples can enjoy all of the fantastic art murals sprinkled throughout the city. If exploring cultural sights is interesting to you, there are plenty of tours that you can take. 

Of course, you’ll have to try some of the city’s mouthwatering Texan BBQ!  

New York City, NY

New York City is an ideal destination for same-sex couples because of its robust LGBTQ+ community and exciting attractions. 

It is home to modern gay rights movements and numerous events such as the NYC Pride March, Queens Pride Parade, and Youth Pride. Over 270,000 self-identifying gay and bisexual people live in the city, making it one of the United States’ largest communities. 

There are also endless sights for couples to visit in the “Big Apple,” including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Orlando, FL 

 Orlando has a blossoming LGBTQ+ community and plenty of world-class attractions that make it ideal for same-sex couples. 

It has the third-largest LGBTQ+ community in the United States and the largest in Florida. Couples can enjoy events such as Disney’s Gay Days and Come Out with Pride. 

Of course, a trip to the world’s theme park capital isn’t complete without visiting the Magic Kingdom or Universal Studios Orlando. You’ll have a wonderful time at these attractions and taking some cute couples photos. 

Other exciting activities in Orlando include the Kennedy Space Center and La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil. 

Portland, OR

Portland is a lovely city in the pacific northwest that is an excellent retreat for same-sex couples. Five percent of its residents identify as LGBTQ+, making it one of the nation’s most robust communities. The city is recognized for being inclusive and queer-friendly.  

A unique event Portland holds each year is the Portland Queer Film Festival in October. This festival celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of LGBTQ+ filmmakers. 

Not only are there exciting events there, but there are also fun things to do. Visitors can enjoy Powell’s Books, endless food carts, and the Columbia River Gorge. 

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities. It has some of the most well-known LGBTQ+ communities nationwide. 

Each June, the city welcomes 50,000 visitors for a two-day pride event. 

However, the city doesn’t just celebrate the LGBTQ+ community on those days. There are numerous permanent communities in the Castro District, Juhu Beach Club, and Dolores Park. 

Same-sex couples can also enjoy spectacular sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Warf, and San Francisco’s iconic cable cars. 

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