Top 20 Gay Travel Destinations of 2013

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com September 11 2012 6:00 AM ET

As Roman sage Seneca once said, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." According to the LGBT market specialist Out Now, our minds must full of vigor. After reportedly conducting the largest ever research study on LGBT travelers, the group reports that we will spend approximately $165 billion on travel in 2012 and even more next year. Furthermore, LGBT dollars are going to some traditionally beloved cities like San Francisco and Miami as well as less typical destinations such as Cape Town and Tokyo.

The following are the top 20 most coveted travel cities among LGBT tourists, according to the Out Now survey.

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20. Miami (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Miami  | 12th Street Beach is listed as one of the world's best gay beaches  | Tale of Two Cities: Miami versus Ft. Lauderdale)

19. Cape Town (Related: Sizing Up South Africa | Clifton Third is listed as one of the world's best gay beaches)

18. Rome (Related: Three Gay Days in Rome)

17. Mexico City (Related: An Introduction to Gay Mexico City  | Road Trip: Mexico City)

16. Berlin (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Berlin  | Global Gayborhoods: Berlin)


15. São Paulo (Related: Travel + Fashion: Boys of Brazil | Millions Pack the Streets for São Paulo Pride)

14. Barcelona (Related: Nearby Sitges listed as one of the world's best gay beaches  |

13. Melbourne (Related: Melbourne, A Food Lover's Paradise |

12. Hong Kong (Related: A Culinary Trip Around Hong Kong  | What Dennis Hensley Learned by Traveling to Hong Kong)

11. Las Vegas (Related: Romance and Roulette: Why Vegas Is for Gay Lovers  | Showstopping Design

10. Los Angeles/West Hollywood (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Los Angeles  | nearby Santa Monica's Will Rogers Beach listed as one of the world's best gay beaches | WeHo Without Wheels | A Quieter Riot at the Andaz Hotel)

9. Amsterdam (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Amsterdam  | Is Amsterdam Still The Most Gay-Friendly Travel Destination? | Going Dutch in Amsterdam )

8. Tokyo (Related: Get Married in Cinderella's Castle )

7. Buenos Aires (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Buenos Aires | No Need for Crying in Argentina |

6. Paris (Related: Out Traveler Guide to Paris)

5. San Francisco (Related: Out Traveler Guide to San Francisco | San Francisco's Treats | Miking the Castro's Queer History)

4. London (Related: Out Traveler Guide to London | Hosts of World Pride 2012Heathrow Airport's Lounge Act )

3. Sydney, Australia (Related: North Bondi Beach listed as one of the world's best gay beaches)

2. Rio de Janeiro (Related: Farme de Amoedo listed on one of the world's best gay beaches | Detoxing on the Shores of Ipanema)

1. New York City (Related: Out Traveler Guide to New York | Celebrating 40 Years After Stonewall  | Downturn? Fuggedaboudit | Back to the Future: Jet Blue's Swanky Terminal at JFK | A Taste of New York)