- Orlando, Florida is the most gay-friendly city in the USA with a large LGBTQ+ population.
- Palm Springs ranks second place and has one of the highest concentrations of LGBTQ+ residents in the USA.
- Palm Springs scores particularly highly for its safety and abundance of accommodation.
As travel restrictions continue to lift, many hopeful travelers are booking trips overseas, including the LGBTQ+ community.
Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ travelers still have to be mindful of safety and legislation concerns in some destinations around the world, with homosexuality still illegal in 69 countries.
To ensure the LGBTQ+ community feel safe and comfortable when traveling, industry experts have ranked destinations across the US and around the world based on factors covering their LGBTQ+ friendliness, as well as things like accommodation options and affordability, to reveal the most LGBTQ+ friendly vacation destinations.
Top 10 LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the USA
|Rank||City||Anti-discrimination score||Number of LGBT events||Safety index score||Bars & clubs listed on Tripadvisor per 100,000 people||Number of hotels per 100,000 people||Average nightly hotel price (weekend) ($)||LGBTQ+ score /10|
|2||Palm Springs, California||100||5||64.14||10||6,214||$224||6.29|
|3||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||100||2||50.79||31||2,473||$165||5.95|
|4||New York City, New York||100||16||52.73||7||276||$213||5.94|
|5||San Francisco, California||100||10||42.69||30||213||$206||5.85|
|6||Iowa City, Iowa||100||0||75.29||15||81||$99||5.83|
|7||New Orleans, Louisiana||100||4||34.92||50||611||$209||5.77|
Orlando is the most gay-friendly city in the USA with a large LGBTQ+ population. As well as being a tolerant and accepting city (with Walt Disney World hosting annual “Gay Day” events”), Orlando has a high number of bars and clubs (40 per 100,000 people) and the proximity to Walt Disney World means there’s also a huge number of hotels in the area (8,941 per 100,000 people).