Different people have different ‘bucket lists’. Here is our bucket list of places to visit in the United States for the LGBT travelers. These cities and towns are filled with Gay history in all forms and several of them have a Gay history museum. Fortunately we have already been to all of these places and we would highly recommend them to everyone.

San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: This has for years been the epicenter for the Gay community. Many years ago it was THE place for all Gays to visit and it still is. Although it has changed a lot, one must just see it in person to really get the feel of it. The Castro area has always been THE place filled with dozens of Gay bars and businesses. Years ago, it was the only place in the country where we could all be ‘ourselves’ and enjoy everything. Luckily in today’s world, we can usually be ‘ourselves’ anywhere in the country. We have visited San Francisco over a dozen times and never tire of it. A great website is: www.sanfrancisco.travel/lgbt

key westWEST HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA: The Gay suburb of greater Los Angeles, with the zip code 90069 only proves how Gay it is ! Everywhere you turn you see Gay, Gay and more GAY from the Gay flags on businesses to men holding hands walking down the street while shopping. For further information, go to: www.visitwesthollywood.com/special-interest/lgbt

Palm SpringsPALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA: The place where Gay men and women retire and live. Once the home of Hollywood actors and actresses, it is now very Gay and visitors always have a delightful time when there. An informative website is:www.visitgaypalmsprings.com/

Santa FeSANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: There are very few Gay flags and they don’t need any. Everyone gets along with everybody in this fabulously wonderful place. Gays and Lesbians began going to Santa Fe years ago. The town has always been filled with authors, writers, poets, artists, sculptors, jewelry artisans and extremely interesting people. We have been going there since 1982 and love it every time we return. It is just a completely different way of life there and very memorizing. http://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/GLBTQ_Travel/Gay_Lesbian_Events/

key westKEY WEST, FLORIDA: Always Gay and still Gay however the cruise ships now dock there and there is an influx of straight visitors all the time. However it is a ‘must see’ place for all Gays. There is a lot of Gay history there and it is very exciting, historical and interesting. www.fla-keys.com/keywest/gaykeywest.cfm

bucket ft. lauderdaleFT. LAUDERDALE (INCLUDING SOUTH BEACH AND PALM BEACH), FLORIDA: Gays have been flocking to the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale for years and years. They have more than 150 Gay-owned hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants and businesses. South Beach on the east side of Miami is filled with lots of hot men and the bars stay open all day and night. Palm Beach to the north of Ft. Lauderdale is filled with some of the finest shops in the entire nation. http://www.sunny.org/lgbt/

bucket nycNEW YORK CITY AND THE HAMPTONS: If you have never been to New York City, go now! Yes, it is expensive but it is worth every bit of what you spend there. The shopping, restaurants, bars, Broadway shows, museums and galleries are something that you will remember forever. Head out to the Hampton’s and enjoy the good life. http://www.nycgo.com/articles/gay-nyc

bucket fire islandFIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK: It is not like it was in the 1970’s and 80’s but it is still a great place to visit. And yes, it is an Island and one has to take a Ferry over to the Island. http://fireisland.gaycities.com/

bucket ptownPROVINCETOWN (PTOWN), MASSACHUSSETS: This was the place for all Gays to go to be themselves for years. Nearly the entire town was and is Gay. Ptown is a very small town. You do not need a car so one can take the Ferry from Boston to get there however it is a very scenic drive going around thru Hyannis Port. http://ptown.org/

bucket ogunquitOGUNQUIT, MAINE: It is a very laid back Gay resort town right on the ocean and Gays has been going there for years. What was once an artist colony turned into a Gay resort town years ago. There are plenty of Gay Bed and Breakfasts to stay in. http://www.gayogunquit.com/

Before going to any of these resort towns and cities on this list, go to www.purpleroofs.com to find the perfect place for you to stay.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams ,Award-Winning, Celebrity Travel Columnists. Proud members of the IGLTA You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com or visit their website at: http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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