America's Best Cities for Gay Travel
Courtesy of Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau
No. 15 Portland, ME
On December 29, 2012, the day that gay marriage was legalized in Maine, Portland’s city officials were so enthusiastic that they opened the city hall at midnight to start performing weddings. Even if there is no one “gay” part of town, readers embraced the Maine city’s mellow, welcoming vibe: it won the survey for feeling safe. Instead of a raging party scene, the allure here is the idyllic summers, great for strolling the Old Port and sipping the highly ranked microbrews.