Affordable, LGBT-friendly Travel Locations?

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    Jan 12, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    I'm looking to take a vacation for a week in February for less than $2000 (including airfare & lodging) and I want to go somewhere that:

    1. I've never been to.
    2. is LGBT-friendly.
    3. has some decent restaurants.

    I live in Nevada, and I've been to Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Any suggestions? I'm thinking somewhere in Arizona, but I know there's more options out there. Thanks for any help!
  • citypartyboy

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    Jan 12, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
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    Jan 12, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    Fort Lauderdale.

    The weather is great, little rain and temps in the 60's-70's. Gay beach. Wilton Manors the thriving gay city, with several excellent restaurants. Beyond Wilton Manors, all of South Florida from West Palm Beach to Miami is pretty laid back, gay friendly and liberal. If you visit, you can also spend a day or two checking out Miami Beach or an overnight trip to Key West.

    But be careful, many guys come here for vacation and end up moving here. That would describe my arrival here.

    Link below is not related to me...just found it on google.

    http://www.gayftlauderdale.com
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    Jan 12, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    I honestly can't think of anywhere in Arizona that fits all your criteria. There are several LGBT-friendly towns in Arizona (Bisbee comes to mind) that are great for seeing Americana... but they are tiny little towns so that might not be what you're looking for, probably not a lot of great restaurants to sample.

    Tuscon is progressive and LGBT friendly... but I personally find it boring. There's no nightlife if you're interested in that.

    You could certainly visit Phoenix. It's LGBT-friendly in many parts, but also full of scary conservatives and old people. It just doesn't strike me as a touristy destination although there are many fun outdoor things to do around here.
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    Jan 12, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Palm Springs?
  • gwuinsf

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    Jan 12, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Palm Springs is driving distance from Vegas.

    You can to go Puerto Vallarta pretty cheaply. Has a pretty good gay nightlife there.
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    Jan 12, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    Puerto Vallarta's a short flight from you, though February is in their high season, it's still affordable.

    Also South Florida... you can get direct flights from LV to Miami for under 500 and easily find a good hotel for five or six nights for under 1500 total. I've stayed at Lord's South Beach a couple of times, gay hotel that's not very fancy but still clean and fun and modern, and a block from the beach. South Beach is a blast.

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    Jan 12, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    Portland satisfies all 3 of your requirements. Lots of great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Public transit is free in the "fareless square" area of downtown. It's also close to some nice outdoor activities...skiing at Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, etc. Of course weather in Feb won't be ideal.
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    Jan 13, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
    New Orleans. Mardi Gras.
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  • Suetonius

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    Jan 13, 2012 9:04 AM GMT
    I would second Palm Springs. Warm; lots of gay life; restaurants; a lot of variety in accomodations; has outdoor things to do - including lying around a pool and hiking a mountainside.
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    Jan 13, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidFort Lauderdale.

    The weather is great, little rain and temps in the 60's-70's. Gay beach. Wilton Manors the thriving gay city, with several excellent restaurants. Beyond Wilton Manors, all of South Florida from West Palm Beach to Miami is pretty laid back, gay friendly and liberal. If you visit, you can also spend a day or two checking out Miami Beach or an overnight trip to Key West.

    But be careful, many guys come here for vacation and end up moving here. That would describe my arrival here.

    Link below is not related to me...just found it on google.

    http://www.gayftlauderdale.com


    Agree you can do Florida cheap book in advance.
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    Jan 13, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    this is so easy.

    Go to mexico.

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    Jan 13, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Austin, TX
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jan 15, 2012 11:52 PM GMT
    Just so you know.....

    If you are looking to travel in February, it would be considered "last minute" as resorts could already be full and air fare is going to be really high.

    From December 26 to mid-April, it is considered "Resort Season" in many Caribbean and Mexico destinations. You are competing with all those that are escaping the cold weather in the Northeast and Midwest. It's funny when I talk to clients in Chicago (I'm in the travel industry) or elsewhere in the snowbelt that want to "go to someplace warm." They freak out when I tell them flight and hotel will run about $1,500 per person to the Caribbean or Mexico. And they question me when I tell them a popular resort is "sold out." Smart travelers book for resort season early and have everything set and confirmed by Labor Day at the earliest.

    There have been some suggestions for Ft. Lauderdale here, but brace yourself for high air fares. Recently, I had priced air for myself from Orlando (where I live) to Las Vegas and it ran $450 round trip...and that was about 180 days from departure!! And from now until May, hotels in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami (the Fountainbleu in Miami is uber hot for bookings right now) will be full.

    I did see the suggestion for Palm Springs mentioned. If I were you, I would strongly consider that one right now.

    Lastly, I like YOUR area!! I book tons and tons of travel to Las Vegas and the Cosmopolitan is one of the hottest, in-demand hotels there is.

    TNJ

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    Jan 15, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Have you thought about a cruise of the Italian coastline?