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    TOGETHER WITH THE IGLTA

    When planning an exotic getaway, be sure you understand any laws or policies that can impact the LGBT community. For information by country, consult with ILGA.org.


    GAY TRAVEL: SAN FRANCISCO

    Make a pilgrimage to liberal San Francisco. This gay travel mecca is home to an unprecedented number of gay bars, events, neighborhoods, and hotels. Come enjoy all this hospitable city has to offer!

    Where to Stay

    The Castro is central to gay life in San Francisco. SoMa (South of Market) is up-and-coming.

    But really, the entire city welcomes everyone with open arms.

    Map of San Francisco

    Things to Do

    • Indulge in dim sum—and lots of window shopping—in exotic Chinatown.
    • Trek to Coit Tower for glorious vistas.
    • Ogle modern art at the SFMOMA. (Crowds are smaller in the morning.)
    • Sneak away for an afternoon of wine tasting in nearby Napa Valley.
    • Board a ferry for Alcatraz. The immersive audio tour through the intimidating prison is a family favorite.
    • Shop Union Square. Every label imaginable has an outpost in this urban center.

    Romance

    Get thee to Golden Gate Park and rent a bicycle built for two! At night, book a dinner cruise around the bay.

    Nightlife

    24/7 entertainment is SF's claim to fame. Choices change nightly, so check local rags for the latest. Castro is a tried-and-true good time. Or, check out the Mission's Latin flair.

    Know Before You Go