3 LGBTQ friendly places that you should visit

We always want to take our pride and wave that rainbow flag everywhere we go. The perfect way to do it is when we're traveling. But, not all states welcome our vibrant colors. There are still 20 states that don't have crime laws to safeguard LGBTQ.

Despite the lack of necessary laws in other states, according to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index, 88 cities scored perfect based on how inclusive their policies and municipality laws are of the LGBTQ community.

You'll still have a significant number of cities and states to choose your next destination. We've listed the best places to travel and visit that are LGBTQ friendly.

Miami

Miami is one of the world's open destinations for LGTBQ tourists. More than one million LGBTQ tourists swarm the place to relax, meet people, or celebrate their freedom.

You can visit several gay clubs, beaches, museums, and attend parties all year in Miami. One famous gay beach in Miami is located on 12th Street and Ocean Drive where you'll find several LGBTQ and straight people enjoying the sun.

For some quiet time, visit The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). It houses modern and contemporary art from around the world. They also host an annual Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration, so check the schedule before you plan your visit. 

You can also catch theatre festivals, Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, and symphony at Adrienne Arsht Center. Visit them during the pride month every June to check out exclusive shows that celebrated the LGBTQ pride.

Dine at R House Wynwood and experience farm to table American dishes mixed with Southern Italian cuisine. Chef Rocco Carulli and his husband Owen Bale owned the restaurant and opened it to celebrate art, music, and food.

The restaurant has live DJs and themed parties every night, and on Sundays, you can witness live drag performances. They offer the best meals for drag brunches.

There are plenty of night clubs in Miami. The twist is Miami's go-to gay club for almost a decade now. Twist has seven bars and three dance floors and regularly features drag queens, DJs, and dancers.

If you want to witness South Beach's top drag queens, visit Palace Bar. They have nightly performances and drag brunches every Sunday and Saturday. Some fearless performances even reach the street and stop traffic.

California

California is one of the top destinations for LGBTQ travelers. Aside from amazing restaurants, wineries, and parties, the state also offers plenty of amazing spots for the LGBTQ community.

San Francisco is known to have the most significant and well-recognized LGBTQ community in the world. The state celebrates the best pride month every June. Wall arts and street installations flood the city.

You should also visit the United States' first neighborhood, Castro, that serves as a queer Disneyland. This city is where the rich history of the LGBTQ community in San Fransico started.

Sonoma County does offer not only amazing wineries and vineyards that let you pick up fantastic vintage wines like 2008 Screaming Eagle, but also provides high-end restaurants, spas, and bars for the LGBTQ community.

You can enjoy a romantic spa in Applewood Inn and Spa or a modern aesthetic vibe at West Sonoma Spa and Inn. For a country atmosphere, try the Sonoma Orchid Inn.

You can also visit San Diego during July for their largest pride parades. Their celebration includes music, comedy on stage, cabaret, and dance corals.

New York

New York offers great diversity, culture, and style. It is known for fashion, art, advertising, and great parties. It is also known to be the world's gay-friendly city.

The LGBTQ  community thrives well in New York. You have an endless choice of gay bars, restaurants, and neighborhoods to visit.

Drop by Club Cumming to enjoy some Broadway singers, wild dance parties and comedy nights every time you visit. If you want a chiller place to stay with a fireplace, head to Metropolitan. They offer nightly drink specials and drag shows.

You can also drop by Stonewall Inn, where the gay liberation was born. They have high-energy dance music all night and a dance floor upstairs. They also have theme nights, and everyone is welcome, LGBTQ, or not.

Never miss the chance to visit a few of New York's LGBTQ neighborhoods like Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. They are rich with same-sex couples and presents plenty of gay-friendly businesses. Rainbow flags wave all year round. 

If you're into art, go to Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. This art museum is devoted to exhibiting and conserving artworks about LGBTQ experience. They have six annual exhibitions and over 3,000 research libraries.

Another must-visit spot is the NYC Aids Memorial. This memorial was to honor over 100,000 people who died from AIDS, and those who took care and advocated them.