The state of Washington has a well-deserved reputation of being exceptionally friendly to LGBT travelers. The natural beauty of the region combined with the diverse communities and bustling metropolitan areas make Washington the ideal place to take a vacation.
Here are the top five LGBT getaways in Washington:
This quaint city is located in the northern part of the state, just a short jaunt from the Canadian border. With the majestic Mt. Baker towering in the distance, Bellingham boasts an abundance of outdoor recreational activities. The charming downtown area features a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. Bellingham is a proud host to the state’s second largest pride festival every summer, featuring a parade, a drag show, a pride family BBQ, and much more.
The granddaddy of them all, Seattle’s pride festival serves over 200,000 people, making this late June event the perfect LBGT weekend trip. In addition to the annual festival, the city provides a cornucopia of fun things to see and do all year round. Take in a Broadway show or concert or choose to relax in one of the city’s many parks and green spaces. Every October the city hosts the Seattle Queer Film Festival, celebrating the diverse communities created through queer art and film.
The unique mineral water of the lake in this quaint town is known for its healing properties and mud baths. Conveniently located on the idyllic shores of Soap Lake, the Soap Lake Resort is a premium destination to stay during your time here. It’s also an exceptional getaway any time of the year. Guests of Soap Lake Resort can enjoy a casual stroll down to the lake or take advantage of the rejuvenating waters pumped directly into the private jacuzzi in the well-appointed guest rooms. The friendly and welcoming staff make Soap Lake Resort one of the top LGBT getaways in Washington.
This Bavarian style mountain town is nestled deep into the scenic Cascade Mountain range. Leavenworth is a relaxing getaway any time of the year. In the winter, visitors will enjoy snowshoeing, tubing, and cozying up by the fire at the end of a long day out exploring the region. Leavenworth is a summer paradise with outdoor theater experiences, wine tasting, hiking, and much more. The downtown area comes alive in the fall with its annual Oktoberfest celebration, honoring its German heritage and roots.
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life, Port Angeles is an ideal destination. Located on the secluded Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles offers the perfect balance of interesting things to do and see and quiet peace nestled into the natural beauty. A myriad of festivals and events keep Port Angeles hopping all year long. The town is also the perfect home base for exploring all of the majesties of the Olympic National Park. A laid-back and inviting vibe make this charming town a great choice when looking for an LGBT getaway.
LGBT Spokane provides a range of resources to help those in our LGBT+ community find welcoming, inclusive environments. If you’re planning on visiting our colorful town soon, we have a great list of resources for where to stay and what to do!