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Top LGBTQ+ Friendly U.S. Destinations for a Wedding or Honeymoon

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June 6, 2024
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of various

It’s time to celebrate love in all its beautiful forms! Whether you’re recently engaged, planning a vow renewal, or dreaming of an unforgettable honeymoon, there are incredible LGBTQ+-friendly destinations around the world. But today, we’re focusing on the amazing options the good ‘ole US of A has to offer, from vibrant cityscapes to stunning beaches, and historic landmarks to lively Pride celebrations. We’ll also share some of our top suggestions for where to stay.

West Coast Wonderlands

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, widely known for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community, embodies the spirit of inclusivity. With a long history of activism, including pioneering figures like Harvey Milk, the city welcomes everyone to express themselves freely. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Castro District’s rich LGBTQ+ culture, participate in one of the city’s six annual LGBTQ+ events (like the renowned San Francisco Pride Parade in June), or discover the many LGBTQ+ artists and businesses that flourish throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

collage of interior, exterior and views from LUMA Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel San FranciscoWhere to Stay: One option is the LUMA Hotel, a modern marvel with stunning city views and South American-inspired menus. Another to consider is in the heart of the action, Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, perfectly situated along the Pride parade route.

Los Angeles, CA

Dive into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood or explore the artistic haven of Venice Beach for a wedding that reflects your unique style. Los Angeles Pride in LA State Historic Park is one of the largest Pride concerts in the country, offering a vibrant atmosphere to celebrate your love.

collage of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and Monarch Beach in and around Los Angelescollage of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach grounds and interior rooms and bar of Oceana Santa MonicaWhere to Stay: Consider the ambiance of each of the above accommodations. Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts offers a beachfront setting, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills provides a glamorous Beverly Hills experience, and Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach boasts a Southern California coastal vibe. Choose the one that best suits your taste.

San Diego, CA

San Diego offers a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, with the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood serving as the heart of the LGBTQ+ community. Soak up the sun and say “I do” on the beautiful shores, with options ranging from clothing-optional Black’s Beach to secluded coves. Don’t miss San Diego Pride, the largest civic community event in the city, featuring a parade, festival, and various parties.

pools and lazy river at Harrah's Resort Southern CaliforniaWhere to Stay: When it comes to supporting the LGBTQ+ community, Harrah’s Resort Southern California does so much more than just a once-a-year marketing stunt for revenue, and instead, takes action and shows support year-round. In fact, Harrah’s SoCal has participated in the San Diego Pride Parade as the official parade presenting sponsor. Kick back, relax and enjoy one of their 1,087 luxurious rooms and suites and experience the plentiful attractions on-property!

Santa Barbara, CA

Exchange vows amidst the rolling hills of Santa Barbara wine country, or celebrate your love with a beachfront ceremony. Explore the Funk Zone, a revitalized warehouse district that pulsates with LGBTQ+-friendly hotspots, from art galleries and trendy boutiques to diverse eateries and lively bars.

hotel californian groundsWhere to Stay: Hotel Californian, a luxurious hotel nestled in the Funk Zone, puts you close to the beach and trendy restaurants while offering a stylish atmosphere and a rooftop pool.

Beyond the Golden Coast

Denver, CO

A champion of inclusivity, Denver offers a vibrant tapestry of cultures and a variety of activities, from craft breweries to art museums. The city’s progressive history shines through its early adoption of LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination policies in 1990, a move that cemented its reputation as a welcoming haven during a period of national tension. This legacy continues today, as evidenced by Colorado’s election of the first openly gay governor in the US, Jared Polis.

skyline of Denver with Pride flag replaced with the skyWhere to Stay: The ART Hotel offers things like special Denver Pride packages, drag brunches and connections with LGBTQ+-friendly vendors.

Chicago, IL

With a thriving network of LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and cultural centers, Chicago offers a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere all year long. Experience the warmth and inclusivity of Chicago with its annual Pride Fest and parade, alongside world-class museums and stunning architecture.

interior and exterior shots of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Pendry Chicagoview from Hyatt Regency Chicago, interior lobby and club levelWhere to Stay: For a vibrant and centrally located stay, consider Pendry Chicago in the trendy Loop, or Hyatt Regency Chicago with its inclusive atmosphere near top attractions. Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers downtown luxury for a romantic splurge.

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta rolls out the rainbow carpet for LGBTQ+ couples seeking a wedding or honeymoon. First, it’s a progressive Southern city with a long history of LGBTQ+ activism. This translates to a wealth of venues openly welcoming same-sex couples, from historic settings to trendy art galleries. Atlanta also eliminates wedding-day worries – Georgia law recognizes same-sex marriage. But it’s not just legalities – Atlanta sizzles with nightlife, world-class museums, and stunning green spaces, offering the perfect blend of celebration and exploration for your romantic getaway.

collage of St. Regis Atlanta front entrance, lobby, lounge and roomWhere to Stay: For couples considering saying their “I do’s” in the ATL, we can’t say enough about the 151-room, AAA Five Diamond St. Regis Atlanta. Thirty minutes from the airport and located in the uber-chic neighborhood of Buckhead, the St. Regis has all the luxe you would expect of the brand, but with a hip nightlife to boot.

Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital was at the forefront of legalizing same-sex marriage, and its vibrant LGBTQ+ community thrives. From wedding vendors who celebrate your love story to romantic venues with stunning backdrops, D.C. caters to every detail of your special occasion. Witness Washington come alive with love during Capital Pride, a week-long celebration featuring a parade, concerts, and community events.

collage of images of Conrad Washington DC and Pendry Washington DC – The WharfWhere to Stay: The Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf boasts several event spaces, including a ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Potomac River. The property also features a modern design that pays tribute to the city’s rich history, effortlessly blending European-inspired sensibility and modern-day hospitality, with light, contemporary interiors. Situated in the heart of the capitol’s downtown area, the Conrad Washington DC puts you steps away from iconic landmarks and cultural attractions.

Seattle, WA

Seattle is a beacon of inclusivity for LGBTQ+ couples seeking a wedding or honeymoon. Seattle shines with vibrant LGBTQ+ enclaves like Capitol Hill, with its trendy bars and restaurants. For the outdoorsy couple, explore lush parks or take a ferry to idyllic Whidbey Island. Foodies will love the city’s innovative cuisine, and after “I do,” couples can clink glasses with local craft beers or wines.

collage of Hotel 1000, LXR Hotels & Resorts in SeattleWhere to Stay: Seattle’s Hotel 1000, LXR Hotels & Resorts welcomes LGBTQ+ guests with open arms in its convenient downtown location. Explore nearby attractions by day and then immerse yourself in Capitol Hill’s vibrant nightlife scene, all within walking distance. For a delicious on-site option, the All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar offers a stylish dining experience, while Rosebay tempts you with handcrafted cocktails.

Austin, TX

Considered the “Live Music Captial of the World,” Austin, Texas is a haven for “keeping it weird” and embraces the LGBTQ community with vigor. Austin features a plethora of gay bars, clubs, restaurants, and businesses, many located along the bustling and famed 6th Street.

collage with front of The Driskill in Austin, Texas and groom spinning bride in main lobbyWhere to Stay: The Driskill is a historic landmark hotel located in the heart of downtown Austin and is known for its elegance, opulence, and a long history of welcoming LGBTQ+ guests! It has been featured in several LGBTQ travel publications.

These are just a taste of the many LGBTQ+-friendly destinations across the US. With so many amazing places to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to celebrate your love story!

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