LGBT Travel

At the forefront of politics and culture, the Capital Region is both diverse and welcoming. Vibrant cities and lush landscapes make the ideal location for a romantic holiday, an energetic night on the town or an unforgettable celebration.

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Capitol Pride Parade in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
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The Richmond region is home to more than 900 restaurants and nightclubs
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Catch the region's only pride boat parade from Norfolk's Town Point Park
Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
The Brewers Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Capitol Pride Parade, Washington, DC, parade, LGBT, gay, travel, pride, events
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
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Washington, DC

Explore neighbourhoods like Dupont Circle, synonymous with gay life in the nation’s capital; and dance the night away at a variety of clubs offering beats for every musical taste. Or visit during Capital Pride, a multi-day pride celebration that draws more than 250,000 people.

Baltimore, Maryland

Check out the Mount Vernon neighbourhood, the centre of the waterfront city’s LGBT community. Tour the film locations of director and Baltimore native John Waters; or pay tribute to the city’s most famous diva — Divine — at his gravesite or the larger-than-life statue at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Richmond, Virginia

Virginia’s forward-thinking capital city has more than 900 restaurants and nightclubs, including Babes of Carytown, a hotspot for drinks, volleyball and dancing. Delve into Richmond’s dynamic LGBT arts and entertainment scene at a show by Richmond Triangle Players, the only performing arts group in the mid-Atlantic dedicated to LGBT-themed theatre.

Norfolk, Virginia

Granby Street and surrounding neighbourhoods are home to several popular gay bars, including MJ’s Tavern, a favourite hangout with nightly drink and food specials. Catch the only pride boat parade from the banks of the Elizabeth River at Norfolk’s Town Point Park.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Nightlife opportunities abound in Charlottesville, from lively Impulse Gay Social Club, a hub for dancing, karaoke, and drag, burlesque and male revue shows, to Rapture Restaurant & Nightclub, known for locally sourced Southern American fare, a billiards room and a chic dance club.

Frederick, Maryland

A lively annual pride festival (more than 7,000 attended last year’s event) and a growing roster of LGBT-owned businesses make Frederick a worthy stop. Get your groove on at The Lodge in nearby Boonsboro, where drag and burlesque shows pack the club every Friday evening.

 

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