San Francisco

History has proven that there are few better places to be gay than the City by the Bay. Hailed as an LGBT mecca, more than 15% of the population here is a member of that community, with transgenders holding a special place in the heart of it. These residents and countless visitors breathe vivid life into the literally hundreds of gay-themed activities and events that are scattered throughout neighborhoods like Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, and the Mission, not to mention the epicenter of it all: Castro. You might know it as the home of Harvey Milk’s old camera shop, fittingly repurposed back into a Human Rights Campaign store after a brief stint as the setting for the biopic about this famous activist.

Although it’s there that you’ll find bars and restaurants, the iconic Castro Theatre and its sing-along nights, don’t be shy to explore the rest of this incredibly queer-friendly destination. Northern California is, in general, tremendously accepting, and ‘Friscans are among the most liberated of the bunch. Get out to the Golden Gate Park for that iconic shot; any of the four Chinatowns, including the oldest in North America; the gay urban “beach” in Dolores Park; Alcatraz; the Painted Ladies; Fisherman’s Wharf; the Ghirardelli factory; and the plethora of outstanding restaurants, museums, galleries, and more than 60 gay bars and clubs that make this city one of the most tolerant and desirable places to live in America. It’s all easy to get to, whether you opt to walk its 49 square miles, take the picturesque cable car, or ride the efficient BART train. And if you get lost, just look for the rainbow street art—a cheery reminder that, no matter what, you’re never far from a warm welcome.

Good to Know

  • Lively, massive, and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Home of Harvey Milk, assassinated gay activist and former city supervisor
  • Gay marriage legal since December 2013

Featured Resorts:

The Fairmont San Francisco

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Located atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont presents an awe- inspiring picture of classic San Francisco and breathtaking views of the city and the bay. The grandeur of this fully restored hotel, with its 591 rooms and its reputation for impeccable service, promises a truly memorable experience for the most discerning of guests.

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf

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Sheraton is at one of San Francisco's top visitor destinations: Fisherman's Wharf. The area is known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf just 1.5 blocks from Pier 39 and the ferries to Bay Cruises and Sausalito, three (3) blocks to docks to Alcatraz and cruise line terminal as well as the turnaround point for the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. The hotel is al ...

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