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The Best LGBTQ+ Friendly Towns in the USA


When we think of places that are good for LGBTQ+ people, we often think of big towns. Still, many small places in the United States are just as friendly. From longtime LGBTQ+ getaways like Provincetown to the charmingly crooked streets of Eureka Springs, these places mix big-city perks like chic restaurants and well-known museums and theaters with small-town charm and welcoming communities.

Visit one or more, and you’ll find thriving LGBTQ-owned businesses, cozy B&Bs, rustic retreats, beautiful beaches, rolling hills, historic sites, and quirky shops, all within easy reach of big cities. The best LGBTQ-friendly small towns in the US let you enjoy small-town America while feeling comfortable traveling as you are.

Best Small US Towns for LGBTQ+ People

1- Saugatuck, Michigan

Best Small US Towns for LGBTQ+ People

The Art Coast of Lake Michigan does not disappoint with its impressive dunes, beautiful beaches, 19th-century residences, and abundance of art galleries. Browse over 140 LGBTQ-owned businesses (also located in neighboring Douglas), swim and kayak at Oval Beach (widely regarded as the best beach in the country), and ascend Mount Baldhead for panoramic views. Stay at the largest LGBTQ+ resort in the Midwest, the Dunes Resorts, and make new acquaintances by the pool.

2- Lost River, West Virginia

Lost River welcomes you with rolling hills, forested retreats, and a number of LGBTQ-owned businesses, including the Guesthouse Lost River, a visitor favorite since 1982. Relax in the on-site pool, jacuzzi, and saunas, then visit the gay-owned Lost River Trading Post, which features an eclectic collection of antiquities, clothing, and local wares, before enjoying cocktails and dinner at the LGBTQ-welcoming Lost River Grill.

3- Ogunquit, Maine

This delightful coastal community welcomes you with soft sand, gentle waves, and friendly smiles. Visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, watch a performance at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and dine on Maine’s famous shellfish at Barnacle Billy’s. Then, sing your heart out at the Front Porch piano bar and imbibe and dance on Maine Street. Consider LGBTQ-owned inns like Twenty Shore and the Dragonfly Guest House when selecting lodging.

4- Guerneville, California

This LGBTQ+ haven provides simple access to Sonoma County’s world-famous wineries as well as numerous in-town delicacies. Sample delectable wines and support equal treatment for all at Equality Vines, dine at LGBTQIA-owned restaurants such as Big Bottom Market, Brot and Boon eat + drink, and stay at the incredibly accommodating R3 Hotel or Highlands Resort. Gay Wine Weekend is held during the summer and features wine trials, drag brunches, pool parties, and other festive events.

5- Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Best LGBTQ+ Friendly Towns in the USA

A ruby slipper in a red state, the inclusive ethos of Eureka Springs, and the presence of dozens of LGBTQ-owned businesses make it the “gay capital of the Ozarks.” Sample renowned mineral waters, marvel over magnificent Victorian structures, and get lost in charmingly winding streets. Do not leave town without seeing the seven-story Christ of the Ozarks statue, ghost-hunting at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, and a burlesque performance at Eureka Live.

6- New Hope, Pennsylvania

With antique shops, wineries, a thriving arts community, and rustic appeal, this small riverside town is a popular weekend getaway from New York and Philadelphia. Since 1939, the renowned Buck’s County Playhouse has presented original plays and musicals (including world premieres by Terrence McNally and Neil Simon), revivals, and concerts. Don’t miss a performance at the Pineapple Inn Bed and Breakfast or Wishing Well B&B, and don’t miss a show at the Buck’s County Playhouse.

7- Provincetown, Massachusetts

This longstanding LGBTQ+ destination offers picturesque bike rides, inclusive bars and restaurants such as the Shipwreck Lounge and Bubala’s on the Bay, incredible whale viewing, and picture-perfect beaches. Take your pick from LGBTQ-owned lodgings such as Somerset House Inn and Lands End Inn, and stroll down Commercial Street for trendy art galleries, fantastic seafood restaurants, and popular hangouts such as the Boat Slip, where seemingly everyone in town congregates for the town’s iconic tea dance.

8- Galena, Illinois

This Midwestern town lacks LGBTQ+ bars and clubs, but its welcoming atmosphere, historical sites, verdant countryside, and welcoming LGBTQ-owned inns, such as the Inn at Irish Hollow and Aldrich Guesthouse, make it a genuine charmer. More than 125 locally-owned restaurants and shops are situated in charming 19th-century buildings along Main Street. Visit in December for Night Of The Luminaria, when the entire town is illuminated by candlelight for an enchanting experience.

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