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We all know by now that places like Fire Island and San Fran’s Castro are meccas for gay travelers looking to be met with open arms. And because of that fact, some of these famed locales have become positively packed with other travelers looking for the same experience.

But what about the places that fly a bit off the beaten track? In these charming towns, you’ll find an open and welcoming vibe without battling as many fellow tourists for a spot on the beach or a stool at the bar. Here we share with you a few of our favorite hidden gems that proudly open their doors to LGBT travelers.

1. Asheville, North Carolina

This picturesque mountain town makes frequent appearances on lists like, “Happiest Cities” and, “Most Beautiful Places in America.” Its rich history, stunning architecture and thriving music scene make it feel it feel worlds hipper than what you might expect from a small city in the South. The city even has its own annual pride celebration, as well as a handful of gay bars.

By Jay Deratany – Full Story at On Top Magazine | Asheville Gay Travel Resources

This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog. Image Via Apple Maps

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