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Adventure travel is the hottest trend for travelers across the spectrum right now. For people in the LBGTQ community, gay-friendly vacations offer the chance for sports and activities in scenic locations around the globe. Biking, boating, hiking, rock climbing, photography expeditions, foodie adventures and more are all ways to test limits and push the envelope.

These journeys in the company of loved ones, a group of new friends on a tour, or by yourself are a fantastic way to meet people and explore the world. Activities exist for every budget, schedule, and preference. Gay adventure travel might be as wild as taking a zip-line tour through the forest, going to your first Pride event at a nearby gay travel destination, or simply joining your first wine tasting event at one of California’s famous vineyards. Each traveler defines their own adventure.

Lesbian Couple on Bicycle Tour Near Russian River, CA CampsiteGay Adventure Travel

For some people, traveling with a well-established gay travel group on a planned tour is the best way to join the travel club. At the same time, many LGBTQ families take yearly vacations, and there are plenty of solo gay and lesbian travelers around the world. The destinations and reasons for traveling are as unique as people themselves. Some like the nightlife or the luxury cruises, while others prefer visiting museums and art festivals. Many others prefer outdoor vacations, camping, backpacking or getting as far off the grid as possible.

Gay travel is all about friendly, welcoming accommodations and having fun at whatever activity you choose. Just like travelers from every other demographic, the LGBTQ traveler wants to experience places, learn things and feel welcome wherever they go.

LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destinations in California

AutoCamp is a unique, environmentally responsible camping travel alternative that anyone can enjoy. Whether you go alone, as a couple, with family or in small groups, you can enjoy one of our amazing California getaways at either our Russian River campgrounds or our Santa Barbara campgrounds.

At AutoCamp, our gay-friendly vacation destinations offer excitement, shareable moments and the ability to experience local, authentic cuisine and activities near our facilities. Our locations are perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, or just getting away for a long weekend of relaxation and fresh air. Travelers can choose a high-octane adventure surfing at a nearby beach at our Santa Barbara campsite or canoeing the river at our Russian River campsite, or a laid back adventure wining and dining at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants in the area.Interior Amenities of a Luxury Airstream Camper

Both California AutoCamp locations offer great food at a range of prices, from modest to exclusive, for the gastronome. Day tours to delight the most dedicated foodies can be arranged, including cooking classes, wine tasting, grape stomping and more. Our Santa Barbara location sits in the middle of some of the best California wine country, so be sure to enjoy dinner pairings at this destinations best restaurants.

Our locations are both family-friendly, so they should appeal to parents who want to show the kids a unique, outdoors experience. We have tons of nature activities, including walking tours, fishing, bird watching trips and bicycling. Organized bike tours are also available, lasting from a few hours to a few days.

The AutoCamp Santa Barbara and AutoCamp Russian River locations are both close to nearby favorite gay travel destinations, especially for travelers who enjoy unique California neighborhoods and nightclubs and nightlife. In fact, the AutoCamp Santa Barbara site is just one mile from the “main drag” of town, home to the best restaurants, cultural attractions, and galleries. Experience the best in sightseeing, art shows, and shopping while you search for those hidden gems in either AutoCamp location. AutoCamp Russian River is also close to the Rainbow Cattle Co. and a number of other gay-friendly nightclubs.

Regardless of which AutoCamp site you choose, you will always come back to a safe and welcoming home away from home. When you choose one of our planned group excursions, you’ll enjoy up to a week of luxury camping in California without ever setting up a tent or cooking a meal. We handle all the hard work for you so you and yours can enjoy the travel. We believe “gay adventure travel” and “gay-friendly vacations” are just different names for remarkable and unforgettable experiences.

 Family with Gay Dads Hiking with Kids

LGBTQ Getaways for Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups

Group trips have become popular with LGBTQ travelers because of ease access to the best restaurants, spectacular trails, the best beaches and the things you love to share with others near your campgrounds. Group trips are fast becoming the best gay vacations for both single gay men and lesbians to meet new friends as well as for couples and casual friends to explore new places with like-minded travelers.

Typically, gay travel groups are a mix of solo travelers, couples, friends and strangers. Often, a few people are traveling with family members, too. It’s a blast to share new experiences with people, but be sure to schedule some time alone during a group tour so you can get some “you time” in, too!

Local LGBTQ-Friendly Events

There are several fantastic LGBTQ-friendly events near our Santa Barbara and Russian River campgrounds. Consider planning your visit to AutoCamp around these great events!

  • May 19 to 21, 2017: Women’s Weekend in Downtown Guerneville – 37th annual Women’s weekend. An inclusive event and welcome all people who identify with their femininity and those who support them.
  • June 4, 2017: Pride Parade and Unity Festival in Downtown Guerneville
  • July 29 to 30, 2017: Rainbow Classic Softball Tournament
  • August 2 to 7, 2017: Lazy Bear Weekend, a festive weekend of fun and fraternity in Guerneville

Make Your California Getaway UnforgettableCampers at AutoCamp Campgrounds Roasting Marshmallows

AutoCamp has discovered many LGBTQ travelers value social and cultural change in general. We believe great design, like that at AutoCamp, has the power to change the world. Our smart planning and space design allow us to reduce our environmental footprint. Our luxurious, small-space design accommodations inside cool, iconic Airstream trailers are an ideal base for whatever adventuring you plan to do in California on your next vacation.

First and foremost, AutoCamp offers luxury camping in an environmentally sustainable, safe and non-judgmental location. Enjoy the great outdoors and stunning surroundings while preserving the environment as part of your gay-friendly vacation. AutoCamp’s inspired leisure lets everyone follow their instincts to wander the outdoors or the city and find their own adventure, and then come home to the spirit of camping with all the comforts of a luxury hotel.

We know that connecting with nature is healthy for the body and soul, and that is the essence of vacation. Share that with your loved ones as you enjoy the culture and other adventures in and around each California AutoCamp location. Whether your passion is wine, food, art, dancing, hiking, biking or just relaxing on the porch, we offer the perfect spot for singles, couples, families and groups to relax and enjoy the outdoors. We are busy reinventing the experience of camping, and everyone is welcome to join!

Ready to plan an LGBTQ-friendly vacation for you and your loved ones, or a gay-friendly group retreat to the beautiful California outdoors? Let us be your concierge. Contact us online or at (888) 405-7553 today to get started.

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