When asked which is our favorite place in the world we’ve been to, Mongolia is one place we both agree is truly remarkable!
We visited gay Mongolia after our Trans Siberian railway adventure and ended up staying for a month. We didn’t expect to, but the landscapes in the Gobi Desert and the nomadic life along the Mongolian steppe just blew our minds. We loved it! Yes, it’s roughing it slightly as luxuries are scarce out here, but this is one cultural adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.
When it comes to gay travel, it’s fair to say that Mongolia is not the #1 place that comes to mind! This is a far cry from the Circuit parties of Barcelona or the wild scene of Fort Lauderdale. This country is more of a place to come to be awed by nature; a photographer’s paradise!
However, we still think it’s a place other gay travelers should experience. In this gay guide to Mongolia, we’ve sumarised our travels through the lands of Genghis Khan, which we hope inspires you to also pay this magnificent country a visit.
Rights in Gay Mongolia
LGBTQ+ rights in the country are, well, more advanced than you’d expect. When compared to the rest of the continent, Mongolia is one of the more advanced queer friendly nations in Asia. The government repealed its anti-gay law back in 1993, introduced the right to change legal gender in 2009, and also passed hate crime laws to protect its LGBTQ community in 2017.
Olympic National Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is an adventure that deserves a spot on your travel short list. It’s regularly named among the top national parks in the world by travel writers, explorers, and experts. Travel+Leisure magazine readers voted it one of the Top 15 National Parks in the United States. It’s the perfect place for LGBTQ travelers looking for an escape that’s easy to get to, welcoming, and accessible for people of all abilities, but still feels like a world class passport to a million acres of unspoiled wilderness.
Olympic National Park comprises the bulk the Olympic Peninsula, about 2 hours drive Northwest from SeaTac Airport and the city of Seattle, making it a prime location to visit with easy access. And there’s enough to do here to create an impressive itinerary in and around the park from a single central hub. The Olympic Peninsula includes not only Olympic National Park, but also Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Olympic National Forest, and the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary.
Getting Around Olympic National Park
You’ll need a car, as this park is huge, and not easily accessible with public transportation (although there are some options for that). From the airport, the easiest route is driving south along I-5 through Tacoma and heading west on WA-16. If you’re exploring all the wonderful LGBTQ hotspots in Seattle first (like world-famous Capitol Hill and the Broadway Market), then the best way is to take the ferry from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island.
Experience the famous Washington ferry system in action. No reservations are needed as the ferry holds 300 cars and leaves about once per hour.
Exploring the Park
Now that you’re out on the Olympic Peninsula, you’ll want to stay about a week to explore everything you can see and do, and take full advantage of the unusual diversity of the Park’s multiple and varied ecosystems. First , unlike most National Parks, Olympic does not have a main gate, and you cannot drive through the Park.
Instead, there are gates dotted around the perimeter of the Park, with access to multiple trailheads at each entry point. The most popular spots are: Hurricane Ridge (alpine mountains), Lake Crescent and Sol Duc Falls (glacial lakes and waterfalls in the rainforest), Hoh Rainforest (location of the quietest square foot in America), and Rialto Beach (wild Pacific Coast). The park is open year-round, but access to some places is limited in winter.
Outside of the National Park, you’ll definitely want to take in the Dungeness Spit (the longest natural sand spit in the Western Hemisphere), Cape Flattery (the northwestern-most point of the contiguous United States), take a day trip by ferry to Victoria B.C., and explore some of the county and state parks that are less visited but no less spectacular.
There are 4 primary towns on the Olympic Peninsula: Port Townsend (a Victorian arts seaport), Sequim (the lavender capital of North America), Forks (of Twilight fame and gateway to the Hoh Rainforest and Rialto Beach), and Port Angeles (the largest town in the area and closest to the most popular places to visit in the area).
Port Angeles is a great location to use as your “home base” during your visit as it’s centrally located to everything the Peninsula and Park have to offer.
Where to Stay
LGBTQ-friendly Maitland Manor is an exceptional boutique B&B in downtown Port Angeles within easy walking distance of the waterfront, and LGBTQ-owned Domaine Madeleine is an intimate luxury inn located on a waterfront bluff just outside the city.
Both offer comfortable accommodations, easily accessible locations, all the amenities you need to explore the area, and a welcoming environment for LGBTQ travelers, including couples and solo travelers. Domaine Madeleine also welcomes pets.
Each inn provides comprehensive, up-to-date day trip itineraries to ensure you see everything the area has to offer. Depending on the season, you’ll encounter extraordinarily lush green rainforests (March-May and October-November), wildflowers (June-August), wildlife (year-round, but especially September-October), leaf-peeping (late September to early October), solitude and winter sports (November-February), a variety of renowned festivals that vary by season, and romance and adventure year round. Also of note, Port Angeles is home to the longest running and one of the leading annual transgender conferences, Esprit, held in May every year.
On a hilltop looking out over the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, our Waynesville bed and breakfast has been an important part of Western North Carolina life for more than a hundred years.
Originally built as a summer home in 1885, our gay Blue Ridge Mountains B&B is a charming Southern inn which welcomes you to experience the beauty and luxury of this wonderful home. Stay in one of our comfortable rooms or suites and enjoy the perfect, quiet mountain getaway.
Our elegant rooms and suites, gourmet breakfasts, and a restful and secluded atmosphere will make you long to return here again and again.
This gay Blue Ridge Mountains B&B is inclusive and welcome everyone to our lush Waynesville country retreat.
There is nowhere quite like Arcadia Lodge Russell located in the Bay of Islands landmark and sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Russell’s tranquil Matauwhi Bay. This historic gay Bay of Islands B&B, built in circa 1902, has been operating as Arcadia Lodge since mid 1920’s and is a boutique B&B style accommodation.
For many of our guests one of their greatest pleasures is to sit on the deck and drink in the 180 degree views of water, bush & yachts. We are just a stroll around the corner to NZ’s first historic capital town Russell. Accommodation comprises of three downstairs suites with private decks and amazing views. Matariki suite with two bedrooms bedrooms catering for up to four guests. Upstairs is a charming queen room with water views, or a super king bed with loft style ensuite.
For guests wanting more independence Arcadia Cottage sits beside the lodge with a relaxed feel providing a more self contained accommodation for up to four guests who want a longer vacation with optional breakfast by request.
Welcome to Gettysburg’s Battlefield Bed & Breakfast, where we are celebrating over twenty-five years as one of Gettysburg’s top B&Bs.
Our Gettysburg lesbian owned B&B combines lovely, historic guest rooms with modern conveniences and luxurious amenities. We’re famous for our delicious breakfasts served daily. After breakfast, pass a little time with our morning historians, who can help bring Gettysburg history to life.
Tired from a long day of exploration? Come relax with us at our evening social hour.
We have spacious common rooms where you can relax and mingle with our other guests. Our two bedroom suites have ensuite bathrooms.
We are located in a gorgeous Civil War-era farmhouse on thirty acres on Gettysburg’s South Cavalry Battlefield, right next to the National Military Park. There are walking trails, gardens, meadows, and woods here, as well as rescue horses, friendly outdoor cats, a pond and some beautiful witness trees – trees that were standing here at the time of the great battle.
And our Gettysburg lesbian owned B&B is just seven minutes by car from downtown.
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale’s Grand Resort and Spa, a Southern Florida vacation getaway just steps from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
Our Fort Lauderdale gay resort has a 5 building campus with thirty-three well-appointed rooms and suites, an on-site day spa, The Club Room, fitness center, an ocean-view sundeck, and our clothing optional tropical courtyard with hot tub for relaxing and meeting other guests. There’s a large heated turquoise pool, as well as beach chairs and umbrellas for your use. And we offer beer, wine and champagne service.
Our amenities include:
* No Extra Fees * Free WiFi * Parking * Continental / Hot Breakfast Daily (Available while supplies last. * Free Happy Hour Thurs, Fri and Sat * Complimentary Mimosas Sun * Complimentary Beach Bags * Complimentary Joseph Abboud Bath Products. * Coin-op Washers and Dryers * Barbecue Grill
Looking for a friendly Fort Lauderdale getaway? Come spend the weekend – or week – with us!
VERMONT LESBIAN OWNED VACATION RENTAL ON CHAMPLAIN
This bungalow is a brand new, designed and decorated lakefront house on the shores of Lake Champlain, the largest body of water in beautiful Vermont. Our Vermont Lesbian Owned vacation rental on Lake Champlain overlooks beautiful Mallet’s Bay.
There is a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, large sun soaked deck with dining table for enjoying warm weather, lounge chairs, grill, and a gas fire pit.
Lakefront Bungalow also features two upstairs bedrooms with king-sized beds and private baths, each with a full view of the lake.
The private dock comes with moorings if you would like to rent a boat during your stay. We even have two kayaks are available for your use.
Welcome to the Top of the Ridge Farm, a New Hampshire gay friendly B&B perfectly located on a quiet country road, offering amazing vistas of Mount Washington and New Hampshire’s White Mountain. Our NH B&B is luxurious B&B for adults on six acres of meadowlands and trees.
Top of the Ridge Farm Bed & Breakfast also an ideal escape all four seasons – there are so many great things to see and do here in any season. Our luxury bed and breakfast is close to many of NH’s most beautiful destinations, as well as places in Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.
We’re just a two-hour drive from the mountains, the seacoast, a multitude of pristine lakes and ponds, some important historical sites, and many great little towns and art and foodie communities.