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LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

San Diego's LGBTQ+ friendly community welcomes all visitors throughout the county

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Sunny San Diego not only describes the weather, but the disposition of the locals. And no community embodies this more than the LGBTQ+ scene. One of the top LGBTQ+ destinations in the country, San Diego welcomes people of all stripes and types with open arms. The community meets the world with energy, enthusiasm, and true joy de vivre. Hillcrest is the heart of the action, where there is always something fun to see and do. From the CityFest Street Fair to Hillcrest Mardi Gras to the grandest party of them all—Pride—Hillcrest hums with activity all year. Though San Diego doesn’t see much rain, rainbows are aplenty. The LGBTQ+ friendliness stretches wide beyond Hillcrest. Neighborhoods from University Heights to South Park to Ocean Beach house queer-owned businesses, host LGBTQ events, and welcome everyone with warmth.

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Stories of Struggles and Triumphs

In 1982, a Naval Intelligence Service investigation in San Diego to “ferret out the lesbians” aboard the submarine tender USS Dixon subjected twelve women to months of ordeal and ended in the dishonorable discharge of three of them. Just thirty-six years later, Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) became the first openly gay Senate leader in California’s state history.

To highlight this and other stories of perseverance and achievement, the San Diego History Center is partnering with Lambda Archives of San Diego to bring the first exhibition on the history of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community to Balboa Park.

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Wow Your Sweetheart with a Wine Country Tour!

San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Valid: Dec 17, 2018 - ongoing

Want to "WOW" someone special with a romantic getaway? There's nothing more romantic than wine tasting with your sweetheart in San Diego's picturesque Wine Country! Our most premiere tour, the...

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$100 Macy's Gift Card Package

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Valid: Dec 10, 2018 - ongoing

Get ready to shop, stay and save in the city with our Macy's Package at The Westin San Gaslamp Quarter.  When you book this special package, you will receive a $100 Macy's gift card per night...

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Park Stay and Go Package

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
Valid: Aug 24, 2018 - ongoing

Our special Cruise Ship offer includes parking for up to 10 days after staying at least 1 night with us. We also provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the San Diego International Airport...

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Museum Month

San Diego Museum Council
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2019

Locals and visitors to San Diego area libraries are in for a special treat this February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at a San Diego City or County libraries to enjoy half-off...

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San Diego Crew Classic

Apr 6 - Apr 7, 2019

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United...

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 12 - Apr 14, 2019

It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel", because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in...

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