America's Best Cities for Gay Travel
No. 3 Minneapolis/St. Paul
The Twin Cities—deemed the cleanest and brainiest metro area in the reader survey—was early to pass nondiscrimination ordinances, has been called the “gayest city in America” by the Advocate, and has long embraced a casual, hipster vibe. Check out the North Loop neighborhood, which offers dapper shops such as Martin Patrick 3, as well as laid-back bars that appeal to these athletic, outdoorsy locals. Case in point: the Eagle Bolt Bar, a hot spot during the recent Gay Softball World Series.